Post Mortem Craziness
Is this crazy or what? Its Ed Willes claiming Gillis is guilty of impaired judgment because he doesn’t think his team needs to make a lot of changes and because he actually had the temerity to question the standards of enforcement during the Final. Willes isn’t exactly clear about where Gillis went wrong, but apparently he owes somebody an apology for making a mistake somewhere along the line. (Who? The league? The media? The fans?)
There will be some changes made next year because there always are, but Gillis would be forgiven for icing exactly the same lineup next year. They won the President’s Trophy by a mile, they had the best offensive team, they had the best defensive team and they won 15 playoff games, falling 60 minutes short of winning the Stanley Cup. That’s a team without many holes.
But what has Willes learned in the past two weeks? After reviewing some biting and diving trivia, he decides:
The Cup final did reveal something that was lacking in the Canucks; some elemental quality which has to do with mental and physical toughness. If you were to sum it up in word it would be maturity and it was conspicuous by its absence in the championship round.
He actually thinks that Gillis and the Canucks should take the bullshit narrative manufactured by the media about the Final seriously and base roster decisions on it!
Beginning about Game 3, the Canucks became the team the hockey world loved to hate and while a lot of that sentiment originated in Boston, it was echoed throughout North America. The commentary became so widespread, in fact, it can’t be dismissed as regional bias or sensationalism. When that many people are seeing and saying the same thing, it could be there’s something there.
And that’s something which requires a long, hard look by the Canucks and their organization.
If the Canucks are more lovable next year, they will be a better hockey team? Please. I don’t give a rat’s ass if the hockey media thinks the Canucks are a team everyone loves to hate. I don’t give a rat’s ass if the hockey media is right because most of the legitimate hatred comes with success.
Second, the negative commentary was widespread because hockey writers are not an imaginative bunch. I’d label hockey writing as pack journalism at its worst, except it isn’t journalism. Its pack fairy tale telling at its worst and should hardly ever be taken seriously.
Mike Gillis has impaired judgment because he refuses to take a fairy tale seriously. Unbelievable.
Update: According to a David Shoalts tweet, this is a great column from Ed Willes while those who disagree with him are deluded. Its Bizarro World.
Postscript: Even though there will be changes, neither the Bruins or the Canucks have to make changes because of salary cap pressures. This is because neither team has underpaid stars coming off entry level contracts. I hope this kills the meme that underpaid stars are critical to success.
Postscript II: Speaking of next year’s salary cap, the Mason Raymond injury has the same silver lining that Salo’s injury delivered up last year. The Canucks can spend his salary and pretty much count on having somebody else hurt by the time he recovers.
It isn’t good for Mason Raymond, of course, but having $2.5 MM starting next year on the injury list delights the Canuck capologist.