Tuesday, July 25, 2006

TAKE ME TO YOUR CAPTAIN

With our "Waiting for Stanley" theme in mind, I thought it would be fitting to look at why my favorite team (Canucks) hasn't hoisted that elusive cup yet. It didn't take a lot of research to find that it must be our Captains fault. Not because Markus is a bad guy or anything but the fact is, he's not Canadian. The Dallas Stars, with Derian Hatcher wearing the "C" are the only Stanley Cup champions to have had a non-Canadian captain. As it stands right now, four of the six Canadian teams have European Captains, with only the Alberta teams flying the red and white at present. Interestingly, they are the only Canadian teams in recent years to make it to the finals and only a game away from bringing home the Jug both times. Same goes for the Canucks in '94, with Linden sporting the "C". The last Canadian team to win the Cup....Montreal, with Guy Carbonneau as captain. Coincidence?? I think not.

Is this the reason Ottawa (alfredsson) can't get past the first round, the Leafs (Sundin) past the second, the Canadians without a sniff since Koivu took over, my Canucks (Naslund) not getting past a team with a Canadian captain in the last five years of the playoffs??

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a beaver hugging patriot or anything even close but I'm calling Dave Nonis as soon as I'm done here to enlighten him on my findings, so don't be suprised to see Trevor Linden with a "C" on his jersey again this season.

8 Comments:

At July 25, 2006 at 10:33 a.m. , Blogger zanstorm said...

A controversial topic of Don Cherry proportions!
Yet the stats don't lie. Some of it is circumstancial. Sakic was the Captain in 1996 for the Av's Cup win, but I think if Forsberg was the captain, the end result would have been the same. But Forsberg as a player is exceptional in the playoffs as well. Naslund dries up like a popcorn fart in the post season, as does Alfredsson lately. Sundin is god, so I won't pick on him..(heheh). Eventually, this statistic will come to an end.

 
At July 25, 2006 at 11:40 a.m. , Blogger Some Old Man said...

Let's lok at captains of the past for the Canucks.


Orland Kurtenbach – His professional hockey career started with the Prince Albert Mintos and ended with the Seattle Totems. Captain by default. Much the same way that the tallest kid in little league is the pitcher. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Andre Boudrias - Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis for Vancouver's 7th (Jack Taggart) and 9th (Bob Winogard) round choices in 1970 Amateur Draft and CASH!!!! I don’t know how much CASH St Louis got, but if it was over 5 dollars it wasn’t worth it for Vancouver. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Chris Oddleifson - Aquired from Boston. Ended his playing days employed by SC Langenthal of the Swiss 2 league. Great captains do not finish their careers in the Swiss 2 league. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Don Lever - Born in South Porcupine, Ontario. That pretty much sealed his fate right there. Maybe it’s me, but…..I can’t see how a great captain can hail from some place called South Porcupine…SOUTH…not NORTH where the head is…SOUTH where the ass is. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Kevin McCarthy – Offensive Defenceman = pylon cone in front of own net. HEY, KEVIN!!! Get back here and play some D!!! we got 3 forwards to score goals!!!! Minus 15 for career with Canucks……maybe not so offensive after all. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Stan Smyl – Quote “he patterned his game on the solid work ethic of his heroes--Alan Stanley, Eddie Shack and Keith Magnuson” Might as well have been Moe, Larry and Curley. Only 5 foot 8 inches tall. Napoleon syndrome. Longest serving captain. Canucks finally retired his jersey in hopes he could not play anymore without it. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Dan Quinn – Great golfher, bad rapist. Enough said! Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Doug Lidster – scored 2 goals for the New York Rangers helping them defeat the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley cup finals. He never did that for the Canucks! Helped beat his old team and laughed about it afterwards in a drunken champagne stubor. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Trevor Linden – Original family name was Van Der Linden, “runner-up to Brian Leetch in the Calder Trophy voting. Linden was also named to the league's All-Rookie Team and seemed destined to be one of the top power forwards in the game.” Seemed destined!!!!!!!!!! All that talent and he still could not break 100 points in a season. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Mark Messier – Living ledgend, The backbone of the Oilers dynasty. Willed the Rangers to the cup in “94” There are no words that can do justice to his career. Only one black mark on his resume…..3 years with the Canucks…Liked Vancouver so much he resigned with the Rangers. Canucks chance of winning the cup with this captain…ZERO.
Markus Näslund - Time will tell.

Some Old Man

 
At July 25, 2006 at 12:13 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

But you have to admire what Linden did in '94, even though he didn't get 100 points.
So Linden didn't like his Dutch name? What a traitor to the dutch mafia! What a Van Der Putz!
I know I said this about Andreychuk and I was wrong, but Naslund will not raise the Cup as a captain. I promise you that!

 
At July 25, 2006 at 12:41 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Bad Prism songs make cheesy blog titles!

It's not Naslund as much as the suporting cast. Lack of a prime time goalie has hurt also. One problem solved. Onto the next!

 
At July 25, 2006 at 1:14 p.m. , Blogger zanstorm said...

I guess another question is: is there a team THIS YEAR who has a non-Canadian captain that COULD win it all?

 
At July 25, 2006 at 1:20 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

In Canada, I would have said Calgary had Sutter remainded behind the bench. Now I dunno!

 
At July 25, 2006 at 1:31 p.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

Hey Chuck, you're supposed to be on my side remember. Bash the Leaf's.

I still can't get over someone bashing Stan Smyl tho. You've tarnished the image of one the least talented grit players I ever admired.

 
At July 25, 2006 at 2:03 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

The heart of a lion to go with the talent of a bowlegged tapdancer. He battled hard and deserves his legend, if one can term it that.

 

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