Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The early Vancouver Sun prognosis of the Canucks

Here is an excerpt from the online Vancouver Sun today.

Twenty-one games into their 2006-07 campaign, the Vancouver Canucks are leaving everyone to ponder the following question:

Is the glass one-quarter full or is it one-quarter empty?

The Canucks are sitting with 21 points in 21 games, which was average last century but doesn't cut it in today's era of "the loser point" for overtime and shootout defeats.

Coach Alain Vigneault's skaters are better defensively, far worse offensively and work consistently harder than the 2005-06 edition led by Marc Crawford.

They are a one-line team with a one-goalie system and a bunch of guys who can't score.

So what's it going to be? We'll give the boys the benefit of the doubt and declare the glass one-quarter full.


The rest of the article is worth a read.

Now, alot of times I really can see why Vancouver is called a "goalie graveyard."
The writer gave ratings for the forwards (2 out of 5), defence (3.5 out of 5), and goaltending (.5 out of 5). I agree with the first two. But to rate the goaltending at .5??!! That is a little harsh. It is unfair to rate it lower than the forwards. Luongo has not been terrible for god's sakes. He has been good, just not great. Dany Sabourin let in his first 2 shots and settled down after that. That shouldn't drop the rating that low either.
What are your thoughts, reader? Are Canuck fans just plain old too damn hard on goalies that arrive here? Are you ashamed of yourselves? Is your angst justified? To me, Mr. Papp's column is indicative of the opinions of a slew of fans, and it only encourages this negative attitude.
Fuck, this media would probably crucify Martin Brodeur if he ever played with the Nucks. Give me a break.
I judge Luongo harshly as well, but I don't rate him at 1% on his report card. He is trying to readjust. He has not stole a game yet. But he has been good. I rate him at
3.5 out of 5 so far.
My final question is, like the Sun asks: Is the glass a quarter full or a quarter empty after 21 points in 21 games by the Canucks so far?

4 Comments:

At November 21, 2006 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

By the way, do you ever "work" at work??

:-)

 
At November 21, 2006 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Geezus. Not to sound like a complete homer, but I'd give the offense at least 3 out of five for consistently outshooting their opponents. I'd give their D a four out of five, because the only real blemish through 21 games was the 6-0 stinker at the hands of the Ducks... and three of D-men had a combined two NHL games played!

I would completely agree with your 3.5 rating of Luongo also. He has let in some goals that made me shout incessantly, but he has also made several very nice saves, including four or five late against the Hawks the other night.

this media would probably crucify Martin Brodeur if he ever played with the Nucks

You are absolutely correct!

We could have thirty points right now. We could also have 15. I had no idea at the beginning of the year, so I'm definitely on the quarter-full side of this one. Perhaps even one-third full.

 
At November 21, 2006 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

And Matt: email me sometime... you miserable sack of crap :-)

 
At November 21, 2006 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Matt- yeah, I do work, when called upon.

Jinbo- you can't not sound like a homer!
I think the glass is half full as well.

 

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