Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Dare to Dream

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I understand why Ed Willes (among other Vancouver hockey writers) is dancing around with the idea that the Vancouver Canucks are the best team in the NHL. After so many years of irrelevance (Ed’s word) few veteran Canuck fans dare to dream about a Stanley Cup or even a President’s Trophy.

Think about that for a moment. Think about the ramifications of that record. Think about what this could mean in April and May. OK, now stop thinking. We don’t want to be responsible for any nose bleeds. But, you have to admit, this is all pretty exciting stuff for the Canucks…

Now, it’s hard to keep all this in perspective because this market doesn’t have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. Heartbreak? Absolutely. Disappointment? You bet. Frustration? Could write a book about it. But the best record in the NHL? Sorry, that’s a little new.

A little new? Its a lot new, as in it has never happened before – the Canucks are the best team in the league halfway through the season. In fact, I gave up hoping for a regular season Championship years ago, simply because the Vancouver travel schedule is so daunting. The schedule hasn’t changed, but the hope is starting to seep into my bones. The Northwest is a weak division and the Canucks are going through it like a hot knife through butter, so maybe… And after that, with the top seed…

Well, why not? The Canucks are an excellent team and they have as good a chance as anyone else to win. That doesn’t mean they will win, of course – there are never any guarantees and even the favourite faces long odds – but if fans are not going to get nose bleeds with an excellent team, what’s the point of being a fan? Might that mean heartbreak? Absolutely. Disappointment? You bet. Frustration? Willes will be able to write a sequel.

That’s life as a fan. So is getting giddy when your team rips off win after win and looks exactly like a team that could win the last game of the year. Dare to dream.

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5 Responses to “Dare to Dream”
  1. James Mirtle says:

    The Canucks are on the low end in terms of strength of schedule this year, but so what? I’m sure many former Presidents’ Trophy winning teams were.

    Best team in hockey label going to be debated through the back half of the season.

    • Tom says:

      So what, indeed. And it isn’t like their schedule – quality of opponents or not – is ever a walk in the park. Tonight will be their 6th game in nine nights. They are tired and are winning playing tired.

      Another thing is that they have enjoyed really good health. I’m not going to feel badly about that either.

  2. ColinM says:

    It’s not hard to imagine the Canucks being the only Canadian team in the playoffs this year. This season is pretty much a write-off for the Oilers, Flames, Senators, and Leafs. The Canadiens are on the bubble.

  3. Tom says:

    I think the Habs will probably make it, although its far from a sure thing. I don’t think the East has much of a playoff race at all. Nine teams are left.

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