The Canucks Don’t Suck, The Coyotes…. EXIST!ShareThis
The Vancouver Canucks were eliminated in game six of the Western Conference semi-finals on May 11th.
That’s a sentence that literally could have been written last season and still been 100% factual.
On May 13th last year, I was headed to the airport in Vancouver to fly the 45 minutes back to my hometown of Kelowna, after a three day vacation with my college roommates. The day before we had ran into a big number of the Canucks downtown, day-drinking just like us, but they were black, blue and looking depleted. And here I was the very next day listening to sports-talk radio abuse them.
To make the Conference semi’s, you have to advance past 22 teams, yet their sports personalities were trying to figure out who to nail to the cross first. Apparently Luongo was the easiest target at the time (as he probably is today).
But Canucks fans, relax. You have a good team that’s a serious contender – so much so that legitimate hockey personalities picked your boys to win the Cup (just being healthy might be enough to see round three next year, then who knows). Most fans (Oilers, Wild, Flames, Leafs, oh I dunno, ISLANDERS) would kill to have the type of year your boys had. You’re getting spoiled with great hockey, and acting like you’re watching the Blue Jackets.
You ran into a Hawks team with too many weapons to stop while using a d-corps that was probably eating a pre-game meal of spaghetti and percaset. Your boy Lu made enough big saves and your forwards scored enough goals to win… there was just nothing left in the back tank. Let’s be honest – it didn’t look like Salo was exactly having a ball out there. (*recycling is good for the environment)
Kudos to the Hawks, who look pretty damn dangerous going forward.
Moments after getting a text that implied (said?) the deal to Winnipeg was finalized, it turned out the deal to stay in Phoenix was just getting started. I was on an emotional roller coaster last night.
Two things I want to say to the fans of both cities before I mention the latest happenings:
This doesn’t have to be so personal. The people of Winnipeg want a team, and are not to be blamed for that. And on the other side, Coyote fans are not to be blamed for wanting their team to stay. There are crappy people and great people on both sides of the border, I promise. Let’s try to minimize generalizations and keep it classy.
The rampant pot-shotery from people who’re otherwise smart folks is weird, and hopefully uncharacteristic of the majority of hockey fans.
Quick summary of my understandings: Glendale has agreed to bend over and take it up the tailpipe to make hockey work here, and by the end of June, we’ll know with who and by what terms. I don’t suppose either of these owners care to airlift the arena somewhere closer to me in Chandler, do they?
As I’ve mentioned before, best I can tell, supporters should back the Ice Edge bid – they’ve provided no hint of “we might move”, they’ve realized the importance of the fan base (and realized it exists), and most importantly, the guys I listen to here that have dilligently followed this situation for years support them. Soooo, that’s good enough for me. Support Ice Edge! (On Twitter, if you like: @IceEdgeDJ)
Blackhawks vs. Sharks
My prediction is coming in the next day or two….. San Jose / Chicago… who ya got?
Shorter entry today, as there’s a second one for you to take in. Hope your week is going smooth. And hey, it’s May! Smile for spring.