As I sat watching the trade deadline coverage hoping for the big trade that will put the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup conversation, I am yet against disappointed by general manager Mike Gillis. As a true fan and I would like to think I am a person with hockey intellect, I do understand the difficulty in trading goaltender Robreto Luongo’s ugly contract, but it was Gillis who signed Luongo to it.
There were many teams who pushed aside future considerations for the good of the team today. The fans in Vancouver know the Canucks window is closing rapidly. Teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, who embarrassed the Canucks last Saturday, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens all have young talent that will be hard to beat in the years to come.
So where does that leave Vancouver in the scheme of things? I have to say in limbo, but I love the team the Canucks have when they are healthy. There lays this season’s playoff riddle. If the Canucks get their core players back, there is a chance for a deep run in the playoffs. So, as fans, we should sit back and hope for the speedy return of the core players. The Canucks cannot go into the NHL playoffs with the Chicago Wolves as one-half of its starting roster.
For the rest of the year, the Canucks have two amazing goaltenders that fans can pin their hopes on. However, do not hold your breath after watching the recent on-ice performances against the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.