Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Notes on a Championship

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It was a tons of fun watching the Canucks dispatch the Kings last night to take their first Presidents’ Trophy. Nearly perfect in fact. A few notes on the night:

1) This version of the Canucks is clearly the best team they have ever iced. I don’t think there is any way to compare teams from different eras, but there have not been many more dominant regular season performances in hockey history. They could lead the league both in goals and in goals against. The last time that was done was the 1978-79 Montreal Canadiens. They could end up with both the best power play and the best penalty kill. That hasn’t been done since the 1984-85 New York Islanders.

Has anyone ever led in all four categories?

2) All the talk about resting players over the last few games is nonsense. Who plays if Vigneault decides to, say, rest Kesler? The Canucks don’t have any extra forwards and they won’t burn one of their four allowed callups to sit someone out even if they could find the cap space.

3) Vigneault will keep experimenting with the Malhotra problem, he had to be happy with the job Raymond did in the middle last night. So far that looks like the best choice to me.

4) I get the reason that the Canucks are all adopting the “We haven’t done anything yet because everything is about the playoffs” talking points. That’s the politically correct in this era when only a Stanley Cup counts. But I’m tired of it. I hope it is not true. I hope the Canucks are proud of what they’ve done and I hope they take the time to savour it. They should enjoy their accomplishment. I suspect they are all – from Mike Gillis on down – hugely pleased with themselves and they all (quietly) celebrated.

I’d rather hear them celebrate than listen to playoff sound bites.

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6 Responses to “Notes on a Championship”
  1. Noah says:

    I don’t think there’s any question that the Canucks are the best team in hockey this year. I think, though, that the margin by which they’re the best team may be exaggerated a bit by the fact that they’re in a division with four non-playoff teams.

    • Cookie La Rue says:

      But you can turn it also around. Just because the Canucks were that good they are non-playoff teams ;)

      • Tom says:

        I think it probably did help their record, but by how much – who can tell? It isn’t more than a few points.

        There are always too many variables. If you factor in travel the difficulty of their schedule certainly changes. The Canucks probably lose more points because they are in the Pacific time zone than they gain playing against a weak division.

    • Kel says:

      I actually did some math and assuming a balanced scheduled within the conference and the same point per game earned against the three divisions, Vancouver would have earned ONE (after rounding UP) less point in the standings after 79 games (61 intra-conference games).

  2. Tyler says:

    I get the reason that the Canucks are all adopting the “We haven’t done anything yet because everything is about the playoffs” talking points. That’s the politically correct in this era when only a Stanley Cup counts.

    Matt Fenwick had a nice piece before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2006 mentioning that, while he was obviously hoping for our failure, about the only consolation he’d take from an Oilers win was some happiness for friends, both digital and real.

    With that said, I’ve agreed with a lot of what you’ve written over the years and couldn’t agree more than winning the President’s Trophy is a hell of an accomplishment. While I can’t wish you any success in the playoffs – I’m always nervous until all of the non-Oilers Canadian teams are safely eliminated – I hope that you’ve enjoyed the President’s Trophy and that it serves as a consolation to you in the months to come.

    Cheers
    Tyler

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