It doesn’t happen often. In fact, I think it only happens at this time of year. But believe it or not, Tony Gallagher (Vancouver Province) talks optimismistically about the Vancouver Canucks.
This being September, when optimism is allowed to flourish if even only for the briefest moment, happier aspects of the Canucks can be addressed despite the gloom of another impending scoring shortage.
And among the reasons to be optimistic is the ever-increasing depth of this organization. They may not have the high-end talent needed to win a Cup, other than in goal, but the team has made strides through the work of outgoing general manager Dave Nonis and newcomer Mike Gillis.
I’ve yet to post my expectations for the upcoming season – I’ll probably post those next week – but I can let you know that I’m somewhere between Tony’s piece and Ed Willes’ doom and gloom. In a nut shell, the Canucks’ situation isn’t much different from last season’s. They have an All-Star goaltender, a very deep defense but not much on offense. I just find it amusing that the two seemed to have switched perspectives since Dave Nonis was shown the door and Mike Gillis came in.