The Canucks looked like they were running away with the division the day the rather shocking news that Malhotra was out for the year came out.
Pre-Malhotra announcement the the Canucks were 8-2-2
Post-Malhotra announcement the Canucks are 3-5-4
Is that a coincidence? Now I don't think Malhotra was playing that good for the Canucks this year but he is a very respected player in the dressing room and the way this situation was handled may have caused waves in the dressing room that weren't immediately obvious. Could it be that the players lost respect for the team's management team with the way they just tossed Manny aside when Kesler was ready to come back?
I personally think that not only have the players started tuning out AV but they also may be disgruntled with the way Gillis has handled both Malhotra and possible even the Hodgson situation. It seems to me a negative vibe has been hanging around the team every since Manny went on IR.