AV should go if this year isn't prosperous. With the lineup we've had over the past 4 seasons, we've had the potential to go all the way but it was always something different that made our team look weak and get shut down. The Blackhawks were too good for us all around for 2 years. They nearly kicked us out the 3rd year, which eventually lead us to being outworked by the hustle of the Bruins and the defense surrounding the brick wall of Tim Thomas...the latter was the same case with Quick and the Kings for the entire 5 games.
Aladeen, you can keep on referencing this team without AV as synonymous to cheering for Columbus or NYI but you're ignoring the notion that we've had a top 5 (hell, top 2 or 3 arguably) roster in the league for the past 4 years on paper.
I believe it's what a lot of people say. Perhaps hearing the same ol' thing over and over for 7 years connotes a lesser effect on the team each time. I believed it showed last year and it's showing this year too. AV is a good coach, and we have an excellent roster, but that doesn't mean we should settle for President's Trophies and 1st/2nd round exits. I believe our window to win with AV and this lineup was 2011. I'd love to be proven wrong.
*waits for Aladeen to go crazy at me*
I don't know you not sure why you're referencing me in your post. You have made some reasonable points, but these teams that beat the Canucks also steamrolled alot of other teams, so by that logic any team that ever loses to these powerhouse teams should fire their head coach.
Honestly tell me that another coach could have over come the things that went against the Canucks in these series. The officiating and universal hate for the Canucks in 2011, on top of what you've already stated the wall of Tim Thomas and the Defence of the Bruins (were all these things AVs fault? were the injuries to the Canucks AVs fault?) honestly now.
What about the elvation of play in the hard hitters of the Blackhawks like Bufylien and Bolland? the refs turned a blind eye to things they normally would have called and it sent a signal to these players it was open season on the Canucks where was the personal to match that? If they Canucks matched that are we so Naive to believe that the refs would have let the rough and tough Canucks have their way with the Blackhawk stars?
As for LA come on they steamrolled everyone they played against, they made some great deadline moves and we lost our superstar player in Daniel (not saying he being healthy would have won the series but it definitely didn't help).
My point comes down to a team must make the playoffs to with the Cup... if they don't they can't win it... simple as simple can be and AV all but assures a playoff appearance in his 7 years, I don't think there are too many other coaches that could have done the same.