The game last night against the Islanders was rock rock bottom. Played a perfect 37 mins to start the game. Then Jensen takes a couple penalties, followed up by Bieksa and Sestito and NY somehow scores a franchise high 7 goals in the game and wins it. How do you let the 4th worst team in the league without their best player Tavares beat you, let alone score 7 in a period?
The Canucks organization needs to make changes, I wouldnt be surprised if Tortorella is gone by the end of the week. What really needs to happen is for Gillis to be booted out of the city. He made no changes to improve the team for the last 4 years when every single one of us knew we needed a top 6 scoring winger, which he never acquired. #FireGillis #FireTorts
I’ve said it in my previous blogs and ill say it again. Eddie Lack is NOT a #1 goalie and will not be for atleast a few years, what we needed was a veteran guy like Ryan Miller, or Jaroslav Halak if we knew we we’re gonna deal Luongo. Why would you “Re-tool” your team with 2 rookie goalies with basically no NHL experience?
This is gonna be a long summer because this team is not going anywhere except to their individual homes in mid April.
Once again another embarrassing display by the Canucks in a must win game. Every single line was invisible, with the exception of a couple players; Matthias looked really good out there and was really noticeable with his hits and the 7 shots he put at the next. Markstrom had limited action as he only played in the 3rd period, but besides the hat trick goal he gave up to Seguin his positioning looked pretty good.
Eddie Lack proved that atleast for that game he might not exactly be ready to carry all of Vancouver on his back like Luongo had done the last 8 years. I dont see how the Canucks wont look to acquire a veteran goalie in the offseason, maybe look at Halak or Miller as options.
The defence was brutal, I cant count how many 2 on 1s and odd man rushes there were for the Stars; even a 2-0 from centre on one play. Defence is too worried about pinching up in the play and always get caught trying to get back into the play, but thats probably due to the fact we’re always trailing and needing to score atleast a couple goals.
On the plus side we can all watch the Panthers game tonight and watch the re-debut of Luongo as a Florida Panther.
Finally, I decided to start my own blog after weeks of saying I would eventually. Id first like to talk about the Roberto Luongo saga over the last 2 years. Luongo has been treated so poorly by the coaches and the management of this team. He would have a couple bad games and everyone would get on him, which we didn’t really see happen to Schneider or even Lack when he had a bad game. Lui has carried our team for the last 8 years, there is no goalie in franchise history that can compare to him; just look at his numbers, he leads in almost every single category in Canuck history.
This team would have never made it to the Stanley Cup finals without his solid goaltending. All the problems started a couple of seasons ago when Vigneault all of a sudden decided to start Schneider over Luongo in a playoff game and its been downhill since that. Everything we put Luongo through since then, is completely on the management. Instead of trading him at the draft they decide to trade Schneider, go and visit Lui in his home in Florida and decide to promise him his starting position back.
He’s had a solid season and even had a shutout in the only game he played for team Canada, but since the team wasn’t playing well and they were losing he basically takes all the blame and gets called “Inconsistent” by Tortorella, which is a joke. Being a die hard Luongo fan I’m glad he finally got his wish and gets to go back to Florida and maybe lead them into the playoffs someday but I don’t think there is a single Canucks fan who wont miss him and what he brought to our team.
On to the goaltending situation now. Eddie Lack as the starter and Jacub Markstrom as the backup, is this seriously what the team expects to re-tool around? Why not atleast try to bring in a veteran presence, and go for a guy like Halak. Can we really rely on 2 players who have combined for just over 50 games of NHL experience? Lack has been playing well but I don’t see him being able to handle the pressure of being the #1 goalie night in and night out for years to come, well not yet atleast. Matthias also isn’t the answer to our scoring problems, he’s a 3rd liner at best and as even Ray Ferraro said sometimes he doesn’t show up and is barely able to crack the lineup as the 4th liner.
Ryan Kesler asks for a trade… and once again Mike Gillis decides not to make any moves even though there were atleast 3-4 teams in a bidding war to acquire him. Price might have been really high, but it needed to be for a player of his calibre. Hard to find heart and soul guys, especially one who has done everything he has for this franchise.
I thought the Raphael Diaz move for Weise was a solid pickup but now we trade him to the Rangers for a 5th round pick. Not really much of a big deal, but I think he would have been good for depth since there have been so many injuries this season.