Vancouver whitecaps season opener. Sat in the first row and watched the caps win 4-1 over new York. Tons of energy from the crowd and a fun time. Glad to see the canucks finally won a game too across the street at rogers arena
so happy for Lu.
but im gonna fuckin cry
it’s ok to criticize the goalies if they play lousy they don’t get a get out of criticism free card they have a job to do too just like any other player
The other day we were talking about how burrows was overpaid and underachieving and my friend pointed out that he is the new scott Gomez
And I was like woah
- Anaheim Ducks: Are you good at ice skating?
- Arizona Coyotes: Which arenas have you been to to see a hockey game?
- Boston Bruins: Pick five hockey players you'd want to hang out with for a day (they can all be either from the same team or different teams).
- Buffalo Sabres: Do you have a crush on any players? If so, who and describe why.
- Calgary Flames: Tell us why you hate the player you despise the most.
- Carolina Hurricanes: Top five favourite goalies?
- Chicago Blackhawks: When trades occur, what do you do to try to keep your mind off of it?
- Colorado Avalanche: Who was the first player you've met? Describe what happened at that moment.
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Have you ever been accused of being a puck bunny?
- Dallas Stars: Would you go to great lengths in order to have a "chance encounter" with your favourite player?
- Detroit Red Wings: Name three of your favourite Swedish players.
- Edmonton Oilers: Describe your all-time favourite moment that happened to your team.
- Florida Panthers: Have you ever broken anything or thrown a tantrum because your team lost?
- LA Kings: Who did you pull for in the 2014 Olympics?
- Minnesota Wild: Name three of your favourite American players.
- Montreal Canadiens: Who is your all-time favourite rookie/prospect?
- Nashville Predators: Are you a supporter of women's hockey?
- New Jersey Devils: Name three of your favourite Finnish players.
- New York Islanders: How long have you been a fan of hockey?
- New York Rangers: Is there a specific player that made you fall in love with hockey (retired or not)? If yes, explain how he did so.
- Ottawa Senators: Who would you say is the most handsome player in the entire NHL?
- Philadelphia Flyers: Name three of your favourite Russian players.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: How do you usually make time go by during the off-season?
- San Jose Sharks: Do you watch the World Juniors Championships?
- St. Louis Blues: Who is your favourite hockey legend? Explain why.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: How many jerseys/shirseys do you own?
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Name three of your favourite Canadian players.
- Vancouver Canucks: What do you do if your team is losing by a lot after the first period?
- Washington Capitals: Have you attended any NHL All-Star games?
- Winnipeg Jets: What was the lockout like for you?
Ok, so for the past couple seasons, the amount of MG bashing has gone through the roof. Vancouver is a very, very tough market, and everything a player/coach/manager does is under the microscope.
In my opinion, MG has definitely made some mistakes over his tenure as the GM. He has been criticized as being a “reactive” GM, one that makes moves when his hand is forced, rather than having a more structured plan. At face value, going from a cup contender to a bottom feeder is obviously a huge downward spiral. And for at least some of that, MG is to blame.
He’ll always be criticized for the way that he handled the Luongo/”goalie controversy” situation as well as the Hodgson trade. I do think that he mishandled the former situation to some extent and let it drag on for much longer than it needed to.
The big point I wanted to make from an objective position is this: there’s a lot going on with the players and ownership behind the scenes that we don’t always hear about that affects the decisions that are made. MG and his management team does not have free reign..the Aquilini ownership family very much has him on a short leash. He’s playing with..
..their money and their assets. As a GM, how nice would it be to be able to use a compliance buyout a season ago on Lu and be done with the “goalie controversy”? But he can’t. It’s not his buyout money. I can guarantee you that MG worked hard to try to move Luongo, but clearly he did not have leverage. Of course this year he was able to move Lu at the deadline. So why was he suddenly able to move him when it seemed impossible a year ago? Who knows. Maybe the Aquilinis decided they were now willing to eat part of Lu’s cap, which they did. Market conditions change, and they often dictate whether a player moves or not. I believe that MG just didn’t have enough leverage on his side to move Lu last year.
I’ve heard a ton of people bashing MG over the Luongo trade at this season’s deadline. Although it came very late, it was the right move to make. Lu had asked to be traded, he was no longer happy here. He’s back in Florida now with his wife and family, where he wants to be. For once in a very long time, he won’t have the spotlight on him. If for no other reason, Canucks fans should be happy that he’s happy. Now, a lot of people are angry at what we got back for Lu. Matthias, a still young 3rd line center with some upside, and Markstrom, at one point considered to be the top goalie prospect in the world. I think Matthias will turn out to be a solid 3rd liner for us that will chip in around 20 goals a year given the right circumstances. Markstrom is tremendously talented, and has been successful in the American league, although that has not translated over into the NHL. Some goalies will take longer to hit their stride. He’s still very young, and has all the potential to be an elite NHL goalie. I’ve heard cries of “outrageous! peanuts in return for Lu!” What these people don’t understand is just how difficult it is to move a player like Lu with a contract like his. A massive contract, with a very significant cap hit, running through (likely) the end of his career. And we haven’t even gotten to his no movement clause. Ultimately, he had the right to say “no” to any trade to any city. It was some small miracle moving Lu and his contract, and considering all that, what we got back was very fair in my opinion.
Everyone was crying for MG’s head when Hodgson was suddenly moved at the deadline, including myself. We’re passionate Canucks fans, and obviously it sucks to see a player you’ve grown attached to get traded seemingly out of the blue. It’s a knee-jerk reaction to be angry.
There were a ton of things going on that we had no idea about until after the trade already went through. Certain details of the circumstances regarding his trade will likely never be released. There is speculation that he felt he wasn’t getting fair treatment from the coach, or that his father wanted him to move to a city where he would get more ice time and a larger role. He has shot down any questions regarding the trade. The consensus is that MG didn’t have a choice but to move Hodgson. In the aftermath of that trade, a lot of advanced stats were brought up by the hockey community that suggested Hodgson was set up to be traded for a while. It has been suggested that his stats may have been intentionally padded by giving him more offensive zone starts and shifts against softer competition. This was all apparently designed to increase his trade value.
Right now the Canucks are struggling mightily, and people like to quickly point at the head office. It’s been a strange season, and a lot has gone wrong on all fronts. Coaching, management, down to the players themselves. That’s a whole other story.
There are a lot of factors at play. The GM is a very visible figure and will often take most, if not all the blame for a “bad” move. At the end of the day, as cynical as it sounds, the NHL and the Canucks are a business. Really, the ownership and not the management has the final say on whether a player comes or goes, however that decision affects the team internally and strategically.
The last thing I’ll say is that everyone is an armchair GM. It all seems so easy when you’re watching from the sidelines, but clearly it is a very demanding job. Again, there is a lot going on that we as the public won’t hear about. MG has certainly made mistakes as the general manager, but he can’t be blamed for everything. I don’t like to point fingers at the staff because I don’t have all the facts. Don’t take everything at face value. Mike Gillis is a human just like the rest of us, and I’m sure it’s no fun having the entire province of British Columbia wanting to burn you at the stake for any move you make. You can’t make everyone happy. Is it time for him to move on from the organization? Maybe, but he probably won’t move if no one more qualified is available. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon to bash somebody because it’s the easy thing to do. Hockey management isn’t black and white. That would be like blaming the goalie for every goal against.
Jesus I just wrote over a thousand words on Mike Gillis but I can’t spend 5 minutes studying for my classes
If we keep playing this badly through the next season, we’ll win the draft lottery and get mcdavid
I think this game is a microcosm of our entire season so far