I don’t know if there is a place below rock bottom but if there is, I’m pretty sure the Vancouver Canucks are there now. After Monday night's 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders, even John Tortorella didn’t know what to say or think.
The Canucks dominated in the early stages of the game, keeping a three-goal lead into the third period. But then the entire Canucks team seemed to just fall asleep. Now I’m not taking anything away from the Islanders here, they are an extremely talented team but their victory came because of a horrible third-period collapse by the Canucks.
I give full marks to the Islanders for completing this great comeback but really this is a game the Canucks should have had. I’m sure many people would join me in stating that such a loss was the worst for the Canucks of recent times.
The question now is, will the Canucks ever get out of this slump? They’ve now lost 12 games and certainly don’t look like they’re going to be winning any time soon. And since the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets are continuing to tally points, I don’t believe the Canucks will be making the playoffs.
I also believe that the rebuild will be a catastrophic failure if Mike Gillis is still the team’s general manager in the off season. His past few deals have really not benefited the team in any way.
They lost Maxim Lappiere, Derek Roy and arguably the two best goalies in the league. Granted Roy and Lappiere probably wanted to leave, but I don’t think Gillis did enough to try and keep them. The team didn’t get much back in the Hodgson deal or the Schneider deal either. The team also had Mason Raymond slip through their fingers for nothing in return as well.
Based on this, I would say that it’s time for Mike Gillis and the Canucks to part ways some how. I’m sure Ryan Kesler is wishing he had gotten dealt somewhere else on deadline day now.
I believe he’s on his way out in the summer, along with Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen and maybe even Kevin Bieska. The bottom line is that it’s been a very depressing few weeks for Canucks fans and I’m certain that this upcoming rebuild will be long, painful and full of frightening surprises.
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