Last night on Twitter, @BradyV said that he wrote a rant about the Canucks and had nowhere to publish it. He’s sent me the text, which I’ll republish here along with my own comments and responses at the end of the post.
“I live and breathe Canucks, they’ve been my team ever since I got that $5 bill autographed by Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden, but for as long as I can remember, this city has been full of halfway fans. The Canucks are an excellent team, you can’t blame them for a coach that can’t coach a team as stacked as the Canucks.
We got outstanding offense in Sedins, Sundin, Wellwood, Burrows, Kesler, Bernier, Demitra, Raymond, Hansen. We have terrific grit players in Brown, Johnson, Hordicuk, Rypien, O’Brien. We have one of the best defensive cores in the entire NHL with Ohlund, Bieksa, Salo, Mitchell, Edler. We have THE best goaltender in the world, talkin bout Bobby Lu.
AV doesn’t know what to do with all this talent, and he was a great coach when we first got him, cause we didn’t have the offense we do now, he put together a system that shut down the best teams in the league, and only needed a goal or two to do it. But our new offense doesn’t know what to do when they get the puck. Now we have the talent to be able to put in atleast four or five goals a game, but AV doesn’t give them a chance. It’s defense this, and defense that, dump the puck, cycle, play the trap, and pass it around. When will he learn that this style won’t work with these guys? He’s only holding their talent back, and with a lot of our players going up for free agency at the end of this season, you have to wonder who’s going to be willing to stay with this.
I think the biggest thing though, is the fans, they have no faith, they’re like corporate big-wigs, they want positive results, and they want them now, they have no time for a little learning. We score, they jump and cheer, you’ll hear them scream ‘GO CANUCKS GO’, and ‘CANUCKS FOR THE CUP ’09!’. We get scored on and suddenly the world just ended. ‘THE CANUCKS SUCK! TRADE LUONGO. SEDINS ARE USELESS. WHAT DO WE PAY THE DEFENSE FOR?!’ They remind me of little fourth graders, trying to find a way, unsure of which will make people accept them, they go back and forth in a style reminiscent of a young shy boy. (Don Taylor, anyone? 😉 ). How hard is it to stay supportive of your team, honestly? My dad’s been a die hard Leafs fan his whole life. I know right, who wants to cheer for the Leafs for 47 years… 😛
I saw this guy walking down the street a couple of days ago, proudly wearing his #33 Henrik Sedin jersey, and a sudden urge came over me. I screamed out ‘GO CANUCKS GO’, just before my friend screamed out ‘LET’S GO CANUCKS!’ The guys face lit up, as he raised his fist into the air, and we had a brief across-the-street conversation before the lights changed. It made me wonder, how many fans like this are still around, how many true fans do we still have. I know that I, for one, and my good friend Matthew Schmoll and his father remain true fans to this very day. One of my favourite things about their house is the ‘Canucks Shrine’ as they call it, an entire wall dedicated to the Canucks, full of merchandise, souvenirs, and photos.
So why is it so hard? Sure, we have our ups and downs, but what team doesn’t? Hell, we were 30 seconds away from shutting out the best team in the NHL. We played a hell of a game, sure we had a sloppy third period, but it happens to everyone.
This is my team, always has been, and always will be. I am proud to be a Canucks fan, and there’s not a force on this universe that can change that, or ever have me say anything negative about my team. Just remember, we are all Canucks!”
Regarding Alain Vigneault, we chatted a bit about that in the latest episode of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. I think a lot of people are thinking this is coming down to a coaching problem and I have for a long time considered his constant line changing annoying at best.
As for the fans, I agree that our city if full of bandwagon jumpers, but I think it’s because we’re so starved for some NHL championship action… or at least to see our players live up to their potential. However, that’s not to say that it doesn’t disappoint me when people (mostly in the lower bowl) get up and leave the rink with 10 minutes left in the third period, where anything could happen, really.
I would really like to see our players shine since when they have bursts of genius-on-ice it’s often short-lived (usually because their line gets changed up or something). Remember the whole Cowan/bra situation? I don’t think our city’s seen much excitement like that since.
I think all us die-hard fans need to hang in there. Heck, I know I can do it and well John, he’s a Cubs fan so I know he can still have hope in the Canucks.