Tired cliches are not always irrelevant

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Tonight’s game between the Canucks and the Minnesota Wild is, to use a tired cliche, nothing less than a ‘must win game’ for Vancouver.

With the Canucks sitting five points adrift of the Northwest division leaders, the game presents an opportunity to not only close the gap to three points, but to make up ground on eighth place Colorado (two points) and seventh place Nashville (three points).

If the Canucks happen to lose, they will be trailing Minnesota by seven points, a deficit that may be insurmountable. More disconcerting, however, would be the potential to drop at least four points out of eighth spot (providing Colorado and Nashville each win their next game).

A lot of ‘ifs’, to be sure, but let’s not underestimate the importance of this game.

The Canucks need to come out tonight with relentless effort. Anything less will be an indication that this team may not have what it takes to get to where it needs to be; the playoffs.

Go ‘Nucks.

P.S. My favourite Canuck, Willie Mitchell, is back in the lineup tonight to play his former team. A good omen, I think.

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6 Responses to “Tired cliches are not always irrelevant”


  1. 1 Paul February 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I agree tonight’s game is a must win, do or die, leave nothing behind, 110%, test of mettle, seperate the boys from the men, have to win on the scoreboard not on effort, answer the bell kinda night.

    Should be good, didn’t know that Mitchell was your favourite Canucks- good choice. I, along with all the aging women of vancouver, am sticking with my Linden/Ohlund pairing.

    Prospal to the Canucks, what do you think?

  2. 2 RJ February 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I *love* the idea of us picking up Prospal. With TB sliding out of contention and Prospal apparently not getting on well with Tortorella (then again, who does?), it seems eminently do-able as well.

    Yeah, I just love everything Mitchell brings to the table. Solid defensively; physical tougness without taking a lot of penalties; leader; and, of course, a BC boy.

    Future captain when Naslund leaves. Mark it.

  3. 3 Emmett February 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    So, you’re saying Luongo is NOT your favourite?

  4. 4 RJ February 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Yes, exactly. Just because he is our best player doesn’t mean he is my favourite.

  5. 5 Paul February 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I see it as Prospal and a 2nd rounder for Schneider and a 1st or bourdon. I have to say that I am hesitant on giving up bourdon after seeing him play recently.

  6. 6 RJ February 15, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Yeah, giving up Bourdon would be a massive mistake. I think he is going to be a solid NHL player.

    Relatedly, I think lot of people have short memories when it comes to player development. Think of all the examples of players who are given up on too early, only to become great players. As a Canucks fan, Cam Neely immediately springs to mind…

    That said, I think a guy like Schneider is expendable, if only because Luongo is relatively young and, presuming he re-signs, it is unlikely Schneider is going to get a look in in Vancouver for a long time.


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