Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:11 AM
You know what. Many people consider that to be the dark days of the Canucks. I'm glad i got to be in Vancouver during 96 and got to watch these players play rather than not see them play at all even if it was tough times. I'm thankful to have gotten to love hockey since 96 ever since watching Bure and the Canucks whether they couldn't make the playoffs. I remember watching a highlight where the puck hit McLean's mask while he was partially in the net, and they had to review the goal and it was hard for them to decide whether it was in the net or not since the puck either camouflaged with McLean's mask or his equipment/jersey. I was still in Grade 7 back then, and man, after watching them play, i started playing hockey in my living room by myself with a kinder surprise egg since those were new to me being new to the country back then. I used a metallic coat hanger as the hockey stick because it was small and i didn't have anything else to use. The hanger was great because you could actually wrist the puck(egg) at good heights for top corners etc. And yes, i used to practice goaltending by myself by actually shooting on myself. And i happened to be a pretty decent goaltender later on who went to teach my friend to become a very good goaltender.
So, i'm glad to have watched them during those years.
It is hard to say what was going wrong with the team back then since i was very young. I'd liked to have help you out there. But seems like many people have done so already. I don't remember Bertuzzi joining till later. But i think i remember Keenan not being a very favourable coach back then. I remember Quinn, then Renney, then Keenan. Had no idea what was going on with all the coaching changes back then.
So, for some, it may be the dark era, but to some others out there, it might not be. Just saying, complaining about it doesn't help.