As the Stanley Cup playoffs looms, I am left wondering what the future has in store for the Vancouver Canucks. I am thinking goaltender Roberto Luongo will want to go to the Florida Panthers. I am hoping for a Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Fleischmann for Luongo and a draft pick, but that might be wishful thinking. A trade like this would help the Canucks now and in the future.
Now, let’s talk about the present. I have been searching for positives while watching some very poor hockey from the team we love. Trade deadline acquisition Derek Roy has been an amazing addition to the lineup. Goaltenders Cory Schneider and Luongo have played well here and there, but consistency seems to allude them.
The month of April and the shortened 48- game regular season is coming to an end soon. Looking back, this season has been anything but regular. The limited practice time, tight travel schedule, and only playing teams within the Western Conference has made it difficult to win regularly. The familiarity of players, teams, systems, and weaknesses has made it somewhat easier.
I am still hoping that every player in this group will be able to pull their weight as the second season begins. The Canucks knows what it takes to win in the Stanley Cup playoffs after they came within one game of winning it all just two years ago. As soon as the first round starts, we will see what our team has left in the tank in this injury-ravaged shortened season.
With excellent goaltending, specialty teams rounding into form, and key players returning to the lineup in time for the playoffs, I can foresee a long playoff run for the Canucks culminating with the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship.