Dan Cloutier. Nuff said.
This opinion is such BS. Clouts was a good goaltender, and when he played the Canucks never missed the playoffs.
Yeah he had troubles in the playoffs, but so did the rest of the team. Go back and watch the 2002 series against Detroit, or the 03 series against Minny. Yeah, they scored a few goals in 2003, but their back end was a mess.
The team was clearly the second best on the ice and it was turnover central in many of those games.
The only reason why Cloutier never recovered was due to injuries sustained against Calgary in 2004 and against the Ducks in a regular season game in 2005/2006, when Rob Niedermayer ran him, effectively ending his Canucks career and was the catalyst for his eventual retirement after an injury plagued stint in Los Angeles.(and unsuccessful comeback attempt with the Red Wings)
For those fans that care to remember what the team was like 11 years ago, there weren't any goaltenders that could stop the puck for the Canucks consistently enough for them to succeed. Clouts stepped in and was consistent.
So if you really want to associate Cloutier with poor goaltending, go ahead. I guarantee you that if he had not been brought to Vancouver, the team would have continued to miss the playoffs, and who knows where they would be now.