We’ve seen it before, teams go from the top of the mountain to the deepest pit. The stars are scoring, goaltending is closing the door and everything is right in the world. But then something happens, something changes and the world turns on its side. In coach Willie Desjardins’ second season as Canucks head coach he is already beginning to lose the room. I’m as surprised as you; it was going so well so what happened?
By now you’ve seen the video; Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen are NHLers and in typical Canucks fashion they gave them the shock of their lives. What is being overlooked however, is that Willie Desjardins didn’t even tell the guys himself. This early in the season, you want to know your coach believes in you and he didn’t even stick around to welcome his new players to the show. Take a look:
The other surprising part of the video is when the team calls for a PLAYERS ONLY meeting. Willie is asked to leave the room (which is somewhat inaudible) and the players air our their grievances. Bo Horvat seems to have a bit of beef with the new guys. It’s a bit early to have a players only meeting and it usually means there is some dissension in the room. Hopefully there are better times ahead for the Canucks as I’d hate to see this team blown up because of some petty crap.
Something else that should be taken of note is the sparsely used Richard Bachman. Willie has ridden Ryan Miller in every game but one this season and that only happened because of a back to back on the road. With Jacob Markstrom out still, he clearly has zero trust in his backup. Why bother playing him at all Willie, why bother dressing him? I’m sure there’s a defenseman who would love to crack the lineup.
When former coach John Tortorella took over we expected a few of these tendencies and a bit of his arrogance and bravado but not from calm, cool and collect Willie Desjardins. That didn’t seem like his style. Boy were we wrong. He may allow cell phones in the pressers but he doesn’t give you much to go on when speaking about his players, mainly falling back on his “real good” comment. Somethings up!
Willie’s lack of respect for his players, forcing them to be “employees first, players second” by making them man the door like a lowly bouncer at a Castlegar night club:
Jarred McCann just held the door for and kept holding it as a ton of media members left Rogers Arena. I like this guy.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 3, 2015
His trust issues with his players are another thing. Does WD even believe his team can play a full 60 minutes? Does he even respect them to be on the ice long enough to contribute?
Coach on the game: “It was a good battle by all our guys. I could trust everybody tonight.”
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 3, 2015
Tough to say if Willie even lasts the year behind the Canucks bench the way he is running the ship. He apparently thought Dorsett, Prust and McCann was a good idea. No coach can make a line like that look good.
I believe in this team, I really do but are we headed for another first round exit to the Flames? I sure hope not.
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