It’s been said time and time again, “This is why we can’t have nice things”. Brock Boeser was the culmination of a month of these comments. Twenty seconds into the middle frame of the Canucks/Flames matchup on Sunday night, Boeser was felled by a Mark Giordano shot that simultaneously felled Canucks Nation.
You could have heard a pin drop. WARNING: Graphic potential season-ending content
We all felt it, immediately. This was a whole separate Provies in itself, this was a feature-length Pat-Cast, this was a 30 for 30. This may have been the end. Of course, at the time of writing this, no one but the Canucks knows the status of Boeser’s ankle/foot. Thankfully, that’s something we won’t have to dwell on until at least Monday morning.
Where was Nikita Tryamkin to give him a push to the bench, WHERE WERE YOU NIKITA?!?!
“This is why we can’t have nice things”, tanking has proven this a few times, at least for the Canucks. Injuries have leveled this team in a way that is just bizarre. How it is even possible that Vancouver has lost its top center, his wingman, and now the team’s best player who just so happens to be dominating the NHL Calder race and is ranked in the top-5 in goal scoring race?
It’s beyond crazy. From there, the injuries to Brandon Sutter, Derek Dorsett, Erik Gudbranson, and Chris Tanev are just white noise, really. Everyone hoped this day wouldn’t happen and Boeser has only been on the team for less than half a season and he’s become the most polarizing figure in Vancouver sports.
The Sedins never reached the popularity of this magnitude.
Been told Boeser has many marketing opportunities but not jumping at anything yet, he’s focusing on hockey.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) December 16, 2017
This was ONE day ago! Less than 24 hours later, here’s what is being read online:
Boeser straight to room
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) December 18, 2017
boeser not coming back, can’t put any weight on the foot. I can’t even
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) December 18, 2017
Hockey Gods: “What if we kill off another Canuck this season?”
Producer: “I mean, we’ve already killed off several high profile characters this season, let’s just wait for next season?”
HG: “ok but what if we kill off Brock Boeser?”
HG: “Yeah let’s kill him off.”
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) December 18, 2017
Maybe it’s over, maybe it’s not. Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been getting back to their old ways but even then, they had Boeser to take the load off so they could sneak in and do some damage.
This isn’t even a question of adversity or how the Canucks will deal with all the injuries, it’s past that point. Until February rolls around, there is realistically no chance the Canucks win more than three games until then. The sky has fallen, it’s over, the Canucks are doomed. Any other ones I missed? Team Tank will surround this like vultures by the morning. Just wait.
The World Junior tournament is just over a week away and then the focus can transition to Elias Pettersson’s dominance of a child’s league compared to the heights he has risen since his draft day. Anything to take our minds off of this doomsday situation.
Oh, and there’s no more milk in the fridge. Great.
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