Take a breath

If you read the forums over at Canucks.com, you might be under the impression that the sky is falling in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to Carolina last night, dropping their record to an admittedly unimpressive 4-5.

Notable topics range from ‘Do we need to be worried yet,’ at the most subdued, to ‘Canucks are done’ and ‘Is AVs job in jeopardy?’ on the more reactionary side.

Let us clarify a few important issues here. Yes, it is disturbing that the Canucks can’t seem to generate many shots. Yes, it is disappointing that this team still hasn’t found a way to put the puck in the net with any kind of regularity. And, yes, it would be much better if the team were coming out of the gate like these guys.

Now, having put all that out there, let us take further stock, with a dose of reality mixed in. The season is only nine games old. Last season, the Canucks started 8-10-1. In fact, the team was 17-18-1 at the Christmas break. (That team won the Northwest division, if you recall.) In other words, there is plenty of time for the team to right the ship. There is plenty of time for the D to get sorted and re-establish itself as it ought to be, namely, one of the best 1-6 corps in the league. (Salo’s imminent return should help immensely.) And, there is plenty of time for the offence to kick into gear, much like it did after Christmas last season.

What I am trying to say is, chill out, people. The Canucks are going to get better. They are going to make the playoffs. They are going to inspire the 14 year old hacks frequenting the forums at Canucks.com to compose posts such as ‘What is the best route in the city for the Stanley Cup parade’, ‘Is Luongo a higher god than Jesus?’, ‘Why can’t the Sedin’s be my parents?’ and other such hyberbole.

Everything is going to be okay.

Just. Take. A. Breath.

8 Responses to “Take a breath”

  1. 1 Emmett Macfarlane October 23, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Phew. Thanks. You really, really calmed me down. Cuz I was very worried for a while there. Seriously. Scared shitless. 😉

  2. 2 Ryan October 24, 2007 at 9:08 am

    I think this just further proves my point about the fickle nature of Vancouver fans that I derive so much entertainment from…

  3. 3 RJ October 24, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Well, to be fair, keep in mind the denizens of the canucks.com forum do not exceed the age of 18 or the mental capacity of most typical mooks/steakheads, so it is largely to be expected. Moreover, this is a problem you will find with most other fans of any team. See, e.g., Maple Leafs, Toronto, fans of.

  4. 4 Ryan October 24, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    I disagree. Although I have only lived in this city for basically 2.25 years, I think the only way to really describe Leafs fans is “delusional”. But at least they’re consistent.

  5. 5 Emmett Macfarlane October 25, 2007 at 10:18 am

    To be more serious – for a second – the question may eventually become, at what point do you get concerned, or consider canning AV? 20 games in? The All Star break? Just wondering what you think…

  6. 6 RJ October 25, 2007 at 11:17 am

    As I said in the post, the Canucks were under .500 at the Christmas break last season and won the division.

    This season, I don’t even necessarily expect them to repeat that feat. I only expect they make the playoffs.

    So, that in mind, I would say that if they are clearly out of the playoff picture by mid-January, I will be worried.

  7. 7 Anonymous October 26, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Coaching aside, perhaps they’re just demoralized by having to wear that God awful jersey night in and night out? I know I would be.

  8. 8 RJ October 26, 2007 at 7:19 am

    Fact: people that still harp on about the jerseys are blind.

    I hear a growing chorus of people, particularly out here in Toronto and area, commenting on how the Canucks have among the better versions of the new RBK edge sweaters.

    I, for one, wholeheartedly agree.

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