A couple of weeks ago, the Canucks talked about their new Zen-like approach to officiating.
It was an edict handed down by general manager Mike Gillis at the start of training camp and one that seems to be getting the desired results.
“I think people are seeing that and noticing it – we’re just at a point in the evolution of this team that we don’t think that it’s a helpful methodology of playing the game,” said Gillis.
“It’s about recognizing things that are distractions and trying to eliminate them and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
But have the Canucks now gone way too Zen?
In last night’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Blues tough guy B.J. Crombeen had his way with Roberto Luongo without so much a peep from the rest of the Canucks on the ice.
A couple of weeks ago, Dave Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks slewfooted Daniel Sedin and then skated away unpunished.
It’s one thing to stay cool and composed, and I do admire that the Canucks are trying to minimize the needless yapping after the whistle. At the same time, however, I hope this new approach doesn’t mean that they’re willing to turn the other cheek too much. Worse, I hope it doesn’t signal open season on their top players.