Tony Tanti, where art thou?

Something tells me that if Tony Tanti were patrolling Left Wing for the Vancouver Canucks in 2007 instead of 1987, the team would be a legitimate Stanley Cup threat.

Think about it, the guy routinely scored 30-40 goals in the 1980s on Canucks teams that were, to put it midly, something akin to the trash that gets put out a week early and gets torn to shreds by racoons on a nightly basis. (Just replace racoons with the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and pretty much the rest of the NHL excluding the LA Kings and the Winnipeg Jets to illustrate the analogy.) In fact, Tanti scored over 40 goals three times while plying his trade with the ‘Nucks, including 45 in 1983-1984.
If he were playing on this version of the team, games like last night might turn out much differently. Instead of outplaying the opposition for two periods and entering the third period in a 1-1 tie, whereafter the team promptly gets ruthlessly punished by the opposition for failing to put them down when the opportunities were there to do so, the Canucks would be safely riding a Tanti hat-trick and able to take the rest of the night off with Luongo between the pipes.
Unfortunately, Tony is now hawking flooring solutions to the good people of the Lower Mainland. I still think he could help the power play, though.

2 Responses to “Tony Tanti, where art thou?”

  1. 1 Simon October 17, 2007 at 10:31 am

    You’re pining for a a guy from 20 years ago who never won the Stanley Cup to come and make the team a Stanley Cup contender. If Knuckleheads weren’t so sad, they’d be funny. Actually, because they’re so sad, they’re funny.

  2. 2 Emmett Macfarlane October 17, 2007 at 11:53 am

    What the hell’s going on with “the best defense in the league”? If Naslund goes -60 on the year, my pool team is screwed…

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