All-in on Linden, whether we like it or not

Matt Lee

Matt Lee has been a Canucks follower and a prototypical Canadian for years; it started on the streets by playing road hockey before and after Vancouver Canucks games and it's brought him here. After graduating from SFU with a BA in Communications and a minor in History while serving as the student newspaper's sports editor for two years, Matt is now a student at BCIT's Broadcast Journalism program in hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster.

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  • Jeff Gould

    The first and biggest improvement that has already happened ( I believe and hope) is the changing of a culture where everyone hopefully can have a boss they can feel good about. I think the bee in the bonnet of the Canucks team hasn’t been coaching, hasn’t been systems, and hasn’t been lack of trading (though all factors) as much as it has been working for someone who everyone loathed. Sure, the players would never say it out loud, but how could they not? A guy gets his eye knocked out who was the heart and soul of the third line, who everyone believed in, and they couch him, bury him, then discard him..a guy, remind you, whom everyone loved and who gave up a functioning body part for the club. Obviously Lou has been beaten to death, but think about it, if you’re top paid contract is treated like THAT, stands to reason no one is safe from shabby, sordid and malevolent contract termination. It wasn’t the goalie situation that hurt the team, it was the dealings behind it. Think about it, have you ever had a boss who you despised and who mistreated you & your co-workers….if so, was that the building where you did your best work? I doubt-highly doubt- that would be the case. Gillis was an unkind, shrewd, unthinking, callous and lastly incompetent individual who promoted a cutthroat and wary hockey culture that no one wanted to play for, let alone be traded to. If nothing, nothing else, Linden will treat this Canuck squad and it’s players with the care and respect they deserve, and that alone is something the players will get up and fight for on a nightly. We ALREADY HAVE THE TALENT, and we all know it, we just need to our spirit back.

  • http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com/ Chris (@lyteforce)

    In fairness, that’s the Gillis we perceive and not necessarily the way Gillis actually rolled. No different than how we all perceived Luongo before @stromebone1 for instance – aside from talent of course.

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