A Fresh Start
I did not actually make a decision to stop blogging last January. The “season” started and I intended to keep writing. I even started a few posts. For one reason or another, I wasn’t happy with any of the results and abandoned them. One problem was that I found it very difficult to stomach the hockey media. I was bitter about the fiasco and hockey writers had to pretend that it had not happened. “Hurrah! The game is back! Time to support the league again! The fans are back! Revenues are up! Everything is great!”
I found that I was watching all the games, but I had stopped reading about hockey and I had stopped watching the hockey experts on TV. I couldn’t help hearing the big news – Brian Burke was fired! – but I have no idea what Damien Cox or anyone else thought about it. I am sure there were many fascinating narratives generated about teams and players but unless they were in the headlines I missed them. (This is a slight exaggeration. I did regularly visit Tyler Dellow‘s site and Pass it to Bulis.)
One thing I proved to myself is that bloggers do indeed need the mainstream media. Without the narratives generated by the league and the professionals there is very little to pontificate about. I sort of drifted away from it all.
For the record I was disappointed when Mike Gillis fired Alain Vigneault. He was the best – and most successful – coach the Canucks have ever had and I don’t believe managerial skills staledate. I was not, however, surprised Mike Gillis fired Alain Vigneault. No other option was available to him in this business. Vigneault was no longer marketable in Vancouver.
I was horrified when Gillis hired John Tortorella. I don’t like the system he plays, I often don’t like the way he uses players and I don’t like people who are frequently rude. The best you can say for him is that he is an interesting choice. The worst you can say for him is the last interesting coach hired by the Canucks was Mike Keenan.
Anyway. A new season. A fresh start. The Canucks are going to be a good team again this year and that means there be will be lots of fun to be had watching them play. Do they have a chance to win? Sure, they do. Is it a good chance? Of course not. Nobody has a good chance. The Canucks have very good goaltending, a strong defense, and, well, we’ll see how the forwards do.
It will probably be interesting.