I agree. The thing is that Vancouver fans are negative nancies, so anything less than a dominating cup win is regarded as a major issue present in the team. They never give any credit to the quality of the opposition. Part of it is ignorance of the realities of world-class level competition.
Only Mike Babcock has won more playoff series as a coach since AV joined the Canucks prior to the 2006-07 season. I find that surprising, given that it takes only a simple adjustment in game style to beat his teams. And it also happens to be the case that of the four teams who have beat AV's Canucks in the playoffs, three of them were the eventual Stanley Cup champions, with Chicago in 2009 being the exception. That is to say, only elite teams have managed to beat AV.
I wouldn't disagree that Luongo contributed to AV's Jack Adams award in 2007. But if you want to also credit Lu for all the playoff victories, I wouldn't be the only person on the other side of this debate.
To repeat, I'll take objective data over subjective opinion. AV is a tremendously successful coach. If he was let go by the Canucks, I'm sure he'd find another NHL head coaching job very soon.
Team holes to fill at deadline...
Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:17 PM