Today’s newly acquired Canucks fans, meaning those who became Canucks fans after the mid to late 1990’s are pretty disappointed with the way the Canucks have started. In fact, I’m sure all Canucks fans are pretty disappointed in the way the season has gone so far. I just want to tell you all, “You have no idea what a bad Canucks team is all about.” I rather think you’re quite spoiled fans to be honest. *wink*
I am not saying that today’s Canucks fans aren’t good fans and contrary to what Spike TV has said about us as a populace, I think we’re pretty good fans, but I am biased. The point I am trying to make is, we as fans should be a little more patient with the boys because when they are healthy, they are a pretty good hockey team. I have seen worse and I know better, really.
I have been a Canucks fan since 1981. I am almost 35 years old, and I have seen some pretty bad Canucks teams. You know you are bad when the starting goaltender has a record of 16-27-6, his save % was a .855 while playing 51 games (Richard Brodeur). Let’s not forget your number one call up from the farm (Marc Crawford) had one goal, four penalty minutes and was a -4 on a 23 game stint with the big club. One of their defensemen (Doug Halward) had a -42 +/- rating! He was a defenseman, not Todd Bertuzzi! Not one player was in the + side of the +/- stat. Not one. A few evens but everyone else was in negative! Their best goal scorer was Tony Tanti who later left and played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Tanti had no support. That team was just God awful bad.
The aforementioned stats are all true! All you have to do is research the 1984-1985 Vancouver Canucks roster. Sad isn’t it? I remember sitting at games wishing the opposing team wouldn’t beat us too badly before the game even started! Feeling me yet? I hope so.
These days, I just want the Nucks to get the hell out of their funk. I just want them to start playing to their ability level. I just want them to show me they are the competitive bunch they are touted to be by fans, media, and management alike. This Canucks team that we have now is not a bad team. In fact, I like I said before, they are a fairly good team. They are just going through a bad time and they are going to have to find their way out of it. I also believe they will do just that.
There are some positives to take out of this ‘slump’. The team is shooting a good amount of rubber to the net, they have the highest shots on goal average in the NHL at 37 a game. Unfortunately, the shots aren’t going in. A couple of good bounces here and there and their record could be slightly different, but that’s not the case. We’re eight games in, there are 74 more games to play. Lots of hockey still.
What I am saying to my fellow Canucks fans is…we have a pretty good team, let’s just be a little more patient and not get down on their ‘mistakes’ too much. Twenty five years ago, the Vancouver Canucks iced a really bad team. But I also remembered the fans at Pacific Coliseum being supportive and cheering them on and hoping for a better outcome.
Why is it in 2009, we cannot give our pretty talented and pretty determined team a better support system? Why are we booing our captain after eight games because of this ‘slow’ start? I am not sure, but our expectations are much higher than the ones of 1984. At the same time, maybe we should take a step back and see what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t have. So if you had a choice, would you rather watch the Canucks of 1984? At least they can really give you something to ‘boo’ about.