Canucks: Change is needed sooner rather than later

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 4: General Manager Jim Benning of the Vancouver Canucks takes in the second session on the first day of the Vancouver Canucks NHL Training Camp on January, 4, 2021 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 4: General Manager Jim Benning of the Vancouver Canucks takes in the second session on the first day of the Vancouver Canucks NHL Training Camp on January, 4, 2021 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Nov 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green looks on from the bench in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green looks on from the bench in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Conclusion

Thursday night’s loss was calling for change. Some kind of change is needed. If Aquilini really does care about this team, then he should lay down the hammer as soon as possible.

Here is an example of an owner who deeply cares about the team bought. (Yes, another soccer example.) My favourite club Chelsea has had Roman Abramovich as their owner since 2003. Since then, Chelsea has won every major European trophy.

One of the reasons why is because Abramovich knows change is needed when things are going wrong and always thinks long term. Managers like Jose Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo, and Antonio Conte have been fired months after the team has won titles. Abramovich even had the guts to fire club legend turned manager Frank Lampard back in January because the team kept losing. He brought in Thomas Tuchel as Lampard’s replacement and Chelsea went on to win the Champions League.

Again, different sports and different circumstances, but the owner of the team has to take action when the team isn’t doing well for short-term and long-term good. As much as I adore Lampard and everything he has done for the club, Chelsea would have never won the Champions League and would not even have qualified for it if he continued to be in charge.

For the Canucks, it’s obvious that the team is doing poorly. The Canucks still have time to turn things around but they are slowly running out of time. Once it is too late, this season will won’t salvageable.

Ownership must make a change or changes before it is too late. Fans don’t deserve any more losing seasons and the primes of the core players to be wasted. A change with management and/or coaches could prevent more short-sighted moves and could potentially be a turning point of the season.

I’m not saying that once the Canucks fire Benning and Green, they will go on a long winning streak, the players will be all at their best and they will win the Stanley Cup. When the changes happen, it won’t happen overnight but it could be beneficial long term.

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Both Green and Benning were on the hot seat at the beginning of the season and it is hot as lava right now.