It just isn’t ending. Despite an Olympic break, the wound stays open for the Canucks and they need all the motivation they can get. The mighty have fallen and it doesn’t look like they are getting back up any time soon.
John Tortorella needs to get every motivational speech on film and in real life on film ASAP. It started with some lackluster play, then some injuries took over and now its just flat out embarassing. The Canucks just aren’t what they used to be. There is no sign of hope on the horizon, no cavalry on the way; Canucks fans are stuck with a loser right now and nobody likes a loser.
Thankfully, the boys in blue can take a break if they arent going to Sochi and figure out what they need to do to bounce back. As for the players going to the Olympics, one can only hope that being surrounded by winners will rub off on the them. It can’t get any worse than losing to the Leafs to start the 2 week break, the Leafs! The Canucks don’t lose to the Leafs. It’s just not done.
Local scribe, Squire Barnes said it best:
Never played the game, but it has to be brutally tough.
Here’s a quick update as to where your favorite Canucks stand after their dismal loss in Toronto:
Henrik Sedin – rib injury, although it hasn’t really mattered anyways. He has looked like a shadow, no I take that back. Henrik hasn’t even looked like Henrik’s shadow this season. I’ll kill two birds with one stone on this one, Daniel has been awful too!
Last point: Jan 10 against St. Louis….an assist. 5 points in January. All assists.
Ryan Kesler – the only “star” forward that seems to still be hanging on. He hasn’t been all world lately either but at least he is showing he can still offer something. Feel bad for this guy, he has it in him, it just isn’t all coming out. Monster amounts of ice time doesn’t help either.
3 goals and 6 assists in the last 11 games. Not bad actually, but far from great.
Alex Burrows – he is having one of those seasons that any player would like to forget. The puck is avoiding him like the plague and fighting his way back from a broken jaw can’t be easy. Burrows gets a pass, he is much better than his season has shown.
Roberto Luongo – Bobby Lu is probably the one thing keeping the Canucks relevant. He has done everything that has been asked of him and unfortunately there haven’t been enough goals for the guys in front of him to keep his performances in the win column. Roberto gets a much needed boost of talent when he heads to Sochi on Monday. He needs a break from the crap he has dealt with.
No big deal, just a country’s expectations on his shoulders.
19-15-2 with a 2.36 GAA and 3 shutouts. With ANY goal support, Roberto would have at least 7-10 more wins, then no one is questioning this team…ok that’s a lie.
Sensing a trend here? It’s like watching “Sharknado”. It’s bad, it’s really bad. But if you start watching it, you have to know how it ends. It’s really a shame to see how far the Canucks have fallen since 2011. There hasn’t been anything to reference since, they just haven’t stepped up. Too bad all of their prospects aren’t ready to take the plunge, how much worse could it get?
Thankfully, it’s time to sit back and see some good stories unfold at the Olympics in Sochi. Team Canada looks to be the favorite in hockey and there is a handful of Canucks that may have something to say about that.
All statistics courtesy of fantasynews.cbssports.com