C.Schneider Posted December 16, 2015 Share Posted December 16, 2015 I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say this team is demonstrating probably the worst performance in the past decade. We're quick to point fingers on the players for the mistakes they make on the ice, but really, I see the problem coming from far within the organization: The Owner, the Management Group, the Coaching staff, and the Players are not on the same page. Aquilinis are in for the profit. Now before you start flaming me, please understand I am in no way blaming the owner for wanting to make money. That being said, they are not true fans of the sport like some owners around the league. They are solely interested in the profit and don't have much interest in the well being of the team's future. As long as the product performs now (makes the playoff), and they can continuously advertise to the fans that the Canucks will come back for anther cup run the following year, they are happy. MG had suggested to the ownership a rebuild was crucial for the team, but was released shortly after. Aquilinis have only one thing in mind, and that is the playoffs year in and year out. Whether the team has sufficient tool to win the cup is not so much of a concern. Now JB and TL aren't fools. They understand this team is stale, just as JT has blatantly said it. The Sedins are great players, but the team does not have the requirement for an actual Stanley Cup contention. Without selling off our vets while they are still considered an asset, this team is evidently a sinking ship. We need to part ways with the past and start a new history with a new team. JB and TL understands this. However, the Owners desire conflicts, therefore they need to find an alternate path that can incorporate both a rebuild and a playoff berth. Hence comes in "re-tool on the fly". Sounds nice in theory, but has a really low % of actually properly succeeding. Basically, we are absolutely gambling on our vets holding form, while our 20+ picks and late round picks hit the lottery (although our history says nay). If that fails, we now have aged vets who won't bring us anything, with young players who are lost in transition. Regardless, JB and TL must respect the Owner's decision and they are doing what they can with what they have. Now our favorite scapegoat Willie D. Has he made bonehead decision? Yes. Is he stubborn? Yes. Does he keep playing useless vets (not going to say Weber, woops, I did)? Yes. But is he really to be blamed for? No. He is just a guy trying to hold his job. We know, and he knows, he is the first man in line to be canned for any blaming that needs to be done for this awful season. He knows he has no room to make mistake, therefore he does not want to see mistakes on the ice either. Weber, Higgins, Prust, Barf-kowski, etc... yes, they certainly don't deserve ice time over other players, however, they probably, in general, play a more safer game than our young kids. Although our youngsters show far more skill and flashes of dominance, they do make far more mistakes. This is where Willie draws the line. Can't blame him, he is only trying to save his job. I mean, I'm sure every coach dreams to be an NHL coach one day. He just got here, and I'm sure he certainly doesn't want to leave (although, his fate seems to be somewhat sealed). A lot of his decision seems desperate, hence why we see questionable moves by him. I'm sure JB knows Willie is the first man to go before him, and perhaps, sacrificing Willie to buy a little more time to execute his moves might be JB's plan. The players are just players. Some show the heart of a champion (Miller for example), however, others seem to have settled very comfortably and are in it because it is their job. Playoff or not, they are here to work and collect their paycheck. Our vets were never held accountable for anything since 2011, and got a free pass in every occasion. Nothing has changed. They know they are safe. They know they will get paid. Maybe this is what JB is trying to change. He wants a culture where players are hungry to win, and hopefully JB can accomplish that, because it would be a real treat to the fans to see a team on the ice who are just as passionate as us. This really isn't much of a rant, but more of an observation as to why this team is performing so poorly. There is no unification, everyone has their own agenda. Some may ask why is that even important? Well actually, for any team (this including players all the way to ownership), being able to work together towards a mutual goal is probably the number 1 step to actually achieving it. And until the Canucks have a unified plan, we really aren't all Canucks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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