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So, I know morale on these boards is at all time low, and I can't say I blame you guys. As a life long Canucks fan, this year so far has been rough. Our team isn't good, I don't think anybody can deny that. The last 15 games have been brutal, and perhaps that is an understatement in itself. I wanna flash back a few years ago, to perhaps the time of what is meant to truly be a Canuck. 

I remember I worked on Game 7, and I missed the first three periods. My shift ended as soon as the third came to a close. It was a 20 minute walk to and from work, but frick I ran fast, as fast as I could, and made it back just in time for OT. The entire time I was literally on the edge of my seat, and I almost had a heart attack when Lu made that amazing save on Sharp. When Burrows forced the turn over at the blue line, everything after that seemed to go in slow motion, and when he slapped that puck past Crawford, I jumped up and down and I had never cheered so loudly in my life. That moment... That moment captured what it means to be a Canuck. Never giving up, even when your back is against the wall. That moment sent the Canucks on one of the best runs in franchise history. That moment, was maybe the greatest moment in Canucks history. 

You know what really made that moment truly so special though? It was the road to get to that moment. The road there was brutal, there were so many growing pains, and it all started with a failed season in 08. The Canucks missed the playoffs in 2008 all together, and in the last 8 games of the season, they were playing as well as they're playing now. 2009, we had a January worse then the November we just had. 12 games, 2 wins, 10 losses including 8 in a row. I can't recall a time where a season had never looked so bleak as when it did then. Then when Burrows scored that goal, we went on a magical run to make the playoffs and win the division, only to suffer a truly heart wrenching loss to the Hawks in round 2. 2010, we had a much better season, and hopes were much higher, but once again, in the playoffs, a heart wrenching loss to Chicago. In 2011 even, the most amazing season in our history, we had a 3-0 lead against Chicago, and they tied the series, and then tied game 7 late. Finally, Burrows buried Chicago in OT, and wiped the demons from our past away. It was a truly special moment. But the road there was full of growing pains. The Canucks started off very much like where they are now, and they built to that moment. Obviously we didn't win that year, and that was heart breaking, but the run was magical, and it really united Canucks fans nationwide. The road to was hard though, and right now our road is rough. We are going through growing pains right now, severe ones, and it hurts. This only the beginning of them too, there is still a long road to go. But the future is bright in Vancouver. Jared McCann, Ben Hutton, Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen, even Brendan Gaunce, Thatcher Demko, and Hunter Shinkaruk. These guys are our future. We're on our way to another high choice this year too, imagine if we add another D? This team is going to be scary, but it's going to take a long time to get there. But when we do, when we get through these growing pains, remember how you all felt when Burrows scored that goal above? These kids are going to bring that moment, and many more with them. It's going to be magical again in Vancouver, and it's only going to be sweeter after the last few years. Just hang there guys, it's rough now, and it will be for awhile, but we built to 2011, what's to say we can't build to something even better. We have a lot of young core pieces in place to get us far, and we're only adding more. The road is rough, but it's going to all be worth it one day, I promise. :) So while this season may be a write off soon, don't lose hope, cause we have lots in our prospects. We're building to another moment, one that's going to be truly special. One that might even have a big silver cup at the end of it! We're building to this, just as he 2011 team did. We're building. Keep cheering guys! Go Canucks Go!

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I totally get we're in a rebuild mode and that there will definitely be growing pains along the way, but that doesn't give permission for the team to play the way they have the past few games.

If we lose when we're actually trying I have no qualms, but when they aren't even putting any effort on the ice it's a completely different story. We may not have an all star team, but the players at the very least have to put some effort into the game when they make the kind of money they're making.

We could probably swap out the entire Canucks team (save for a few key players) for the Utica Comets and see more effort than what we as fans have seen over the last week or so and that more then anything else frustrates me: the lack of effort.

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2 hours ago, Bo.Horvat53 said:

Well said, but 2011 talk just depresses me now. To think we were that close...

And then there was the Burrows goal in the finals. I have very fond memories of those days. So close.

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Thanks for trying but that only brings up bad memories of the Boston series, including the game management by officials and Boston's strategy and antics that resulted in a world class team being denigrated.

The only thing I now like about that series was Betman getting boo'd by the fans but even that is probably haunting the team. Nucks Management had sold the immediate future for that golden opportunity and it did not pay off. Not because the team was out-played or out-matched, but because the league wanted a close series for more revenue. Game 4 was particularly disgusting. I only wish some independent expert would develop credible analysis from replays and interviews and expose the treachery and corruption of that series. I remember asking my best friend, "will Betman allow the Nucks to win a cup" and his answer was, "they will need to win despite Betman". Alas the team could not overcome the pathetic state the league helped create.     

The image of Marchand punching Sedin's face is now etched in my memory forever. That's the kind of crap the NHL accepts for profit and why players like that are scouted. The best game in the world is being dragged through the gutter and the American fans are getting what they condone--truly sad.

The reality is that officiating must be inconsistent for the league to be able to implement game management. The dream of the Nucks winning a cup is still alive for me but, if ever achieved in my lifetime, will be somewhat tainted by the leagues lack of credibility.    

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5 hours ago, Adamth said:

my mother said the worse thing 4 the Canucks - YVR needs a new name ad team - Sedins should NEVER BE PLAYING IN THE FIRST PLACe... haha  . 3 days after my uncle died .

Adamth, I don't mean any offence, but I have a hard time understanding your posts most of the time.  I'm sorry to hear about your uncle.

On a side note, yeah these are lean times for sure.  It goes right back to simple hockey, north/south stuff, finishing checks, supporting the defense (cause God knows they can't do it by themselves)

I remember when Burrows 'Slayed the Dragon'.  On my honeymoon in Jamaica.  My wife's so far from a sports fan at all so she was on my case a bit about watching hockey,  but she has since learned, lol.  Ahhhh, I train the ladies well.... Lol

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Ironically if we lost to the Hawks, instead of going on beat up and finally going out with a whimper we would have been healthy and hungry and getting LA's much easier run the next season.

 

Never know but it's likely if we lost to Chicago in 2011 we'd have a cup in 2012.

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Thanks for the morale boost.  Those were the good ole days when we had more depth. 

Ehrhoff, Edler, Bieksa, Salo, Hamhuis were solid on D.  Ehrhoff, Salo with the power shot, Edler who was hitting hard, Hamhuis was a steady stay at home defender, Bieksa, who was steady and not to mention having the keen eyes to send the team to the FInals. 

The Twins were in their prime and 1 and 2 in points, Burrows clicked well with the twins, Kesler also had a career year with a team high 41 goals and 73 points, Samuelsson who was a clutch player especially in the playoffs when all hopes seemed dim, Torres, Rypien provided the fists, Malhotra the faceoff specialist and an awesome Penalty Killer, Hansen, Raymond, Hodgson were emerging as NHLers. 

Luongo was solid in net and we had a very reliable backup in Schneider.

All this to say, they are a FAR from that this season. 

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3 hours ago, NHTyrany said:

Thanks for trying but that only brings up bad memories of the Boston series, including the game management by officials and Boston's strategy and antics that resulted in a world class team being denigrated.

The only thing I now like about that series was Betman getting boo'd by the fans but even that is probably haunting the team. Nucks Management had sold the immediate future for that golden opportunity and it did not pay off. Not because the team was out-played or out-matched, but because the league wanted a close series for more revenue. Game 4 was particularly disgusting. I only wish some independent expert would develop credible analysis from replays and interviews and expose the treachery and corruption of that series. I remember asking my best friend, "will Betman allow the Nucks to win a cup" and his answer was, "they will need to win despite Betman". Alas the team could not overcome the pathetic state the league helped create.     

The image of Marchand punching Sedin's face is now etched in my memory forever. That's the kind of crap the NHL accepts for profit and why players like that are scouted. The best game in the world is being dragged through the gutter and the American fans are getting what they condone--truly sad.

The reality is that officiating must be inconsistent for the league to be able to implement game management. The dream of the Nucks winning a cup is still alive for me but, if ever achieved in my lifetime, will be somewhat tainted by the leagues lack of credibility.    

The biggest joke about that whole playoffs was game 7 eastern finals bruins and lightning. That was THE ONLY PLAYOFF GAME IN THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN ERA in which no penalties were called. Now you tell me, a team like Chara, Marchand and the Bruins against a team like Stamkos, St. Louis and the Lightning... no power plays and straight 5 v 5 play definitely caters to the original 6 team. ...

 

Can't wait for the rest of these original 6 dinosaur powers that be to die off. Colin Campbell pffft! 

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San Jose and Arizona are on heavy losing streaks right now, Anaheim are trending upwards but Edmonton and Calgary still suck.

As far as I'm concerned we're the 3rd best team in the Pacific division still, and just 2 points behind 2nd place in the division. We could EASILY make the playoffs and have a top-10 pick in the 2016 draft. That's honestly the best outcome for this team regardless of how poorly we've played.

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