“We’re going to be all right,”
Those were the words out of Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis as the Olympic Break began. Those are pretty brave words considering on how the Canucks have been playing as of late.
What is to blame? Head Coach John Tortorella has his own idea.
“Quite honestly, I’ve never been through so many injuries at one time in all the years I’ve coached… You certainly have to get through it.”
So he’s pulling the injury card. Quite frankly, whenever I’ve seen a team go through a wave of injuries, either the team withers and dies or they take it in stride and fight even harder. It looks more and more like the Canucks are the former.
Sure, the Canucks have been without Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Chris Tanev and Mike Santorelli at times during this season. However, teams have gone without their best players because of injuries in the past an excelled. Vancouver has not, so what’s the problem?
Daniel Sedin had this to say.
“We have to realize where we are…There are only 22 games left. We have to take care of business after the break. It’s going to be a fresh start for everyone.
“I think we’ve started to turn the corner during the last few games, and that’s the good sign.”
Jason Botchford of The Vancouver Province notes that the Canucks only have 41 third period goals. That is the second worst total in the NHL, only above the league-worst Buffalo Sabres.
Vancouver has a problem that need to be fixed as soon as possible. If not, the unthinkable might happen. The Canucks might miss the playoffs. If that occurs, there will be massive changes in Vancouver.
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