Post by Doogster
From the excerpts I've heard from Nonis' press conference today, we
can't expect there to be too many changes. He endorsed Crawford, Naslund
and Bertuzzi and nixed any idea there would be any major bloodletting
for missing the playoffs. In fact, he cited the Canucks record over the
last 4 years to justify sticking with the core.
If anything, he prepared the way for losing players (probably meaning
Jovo) since "that's the reality of the game today." All in all it was
pretty disappointing. I didn't hear any praise for the Sedins' play but
he went out of his way to say the people expect too much of Markus and
that, if anything, he tries to do too much.
To summarize - phhhhfffffffffft.
I hope, I really really hope that this is just for the media. If he starts
next year with Crow as the coach and Bert in the line-up I will scream for
hours then start investing my time on the Salmon Kings. If it wasn't talent
then it was leadership and intangibles so he just screwed his own argument.
It became obvious that this team either didn't have a gameplan or didn't
have the horses to play the plan.
Look at the roster - they were supposed to be a fast skating team that could
score, but where is the speed? Naslund looked slow all year, the back end is
full of slow footed skaters (minus Jovo). Ruutu, Burrows, Sedins, Linden,
Goren all slow. A little speed in Carter, Park skates nowhere really fast,
Cooke gets hurt lacing up his skates. Enough already, fire the coach or get
a new group in that can actually skate.
I am starting to hate on this dude. The team needs a little belligerence and
it is not coming from the "core" a group of four letters I now despise. If
you are just too damn cheap to fire Crawford then you should be rewarded
with empty seats by game 30 next year. This could stem from arcane ownership
situation - a 50-50 split just doesn't work, no one will make a decision.
Chicken Neck (who is obviuously a Aquilini (sp) fan probally because he was
the guy who wasn't bringing Burkie back) was going on and on the other day
on 1040 about how they are taking their time hiring a new president and have
hired a headhunter to do it and how this was a good thing. WTF!!! There are
only a handful of people who can take that job and if you can't find them on
your own you have no business running a team.
Without a President Nonis can continue to sit on his ass and roll the dice
with the shit that has been assembled. The only solace I take is that if
they think the current string of sell outs will continue if the team misses
the playoffs again they are sadly mistaken. Vancouver will support a winner
at the gate, but they have never supported a losing team and with the
bitterness left after this fiasco rats will be scurrying from the sinking
Ahhh ... feel a bit better now.