As if it's any different in any other market. There is a very strong correlation between the level of interest in the city, and the amount of pressure and negative media the players get. Some want to play out of the spotlight and some want to be in a big hockey town, and they know what comes with it. To specifically slag Canucks fans over this is painfully naive.
The issue with what you are saying is Vancouver isn't a big hockey town. Its like people try to make it seem like it is by talking trash about players and demanding to trade them. Look at the fans in Rogers Arena.... many of them don't truly care about the team. Lots of people right now only care about the Canucks because they are winning.
I used to live in Thunder Bay Ont, I played hockey there, and I've played hockey near Vancouver. Its ridiculous how many people call themselves hockey fans here. When we are sitting in the dressing room between periods when I play near Vancouver... the players on my team are talking about baseball, or golf... or football. Then they laugh if we are losing. Then when I played in Thunder Bay, the players would be quiet and mad about the fact that we are losing. They actually cared! Coming from a real hockey town, I see how much people don't actually care about hockey in Vancouver as much as people say they do.
Also for a city like Thunder Bay, it only has roughly 110,000 people... and back when I played in Midget hockey there, we had 2 AAA teams for the city, 6 AA, 10-12 A, and then about 6 house league teams. Plus there was a whole other league where players just played for fun, which had about 6 teams. Then there are the ones that just play at the outdoor rinks for fun. Whoever didn't play hockey was pretty much an outcast.
I know there are a lot of hockey fans in Vancouver.... but to call it a hockey town is a little over the top. Lots of people know next to nothing about the sport, barely know the rules, yet they talk about players and trash talk them for not scoring in a certain situation, or not saving a certain shot. Its very frustrating hearing people talk down about players on the team they are a "fan" of. A big reason why the Canucks sell out all their games is because they have been winning a lot, plus there is a lot of rich people in this city.
There are times I feel embarrassed to say I'm a Canucks fan, only because right now we are seen as a bunch of whiners. Look at comments on other sites, every other teams fans make fun of us because we just ran a superstar goalie out of the city.
If you are going to whine about something, make sure you know what you're whining about in the first place.
Raymond deserves this chance to prove he can play like he has in the past.