The honeymoon period for Canucks general manager Jim Benning officially ended at 8:45 Saturday evening when flames started shooting out of the scoreboard in Calgary which surprised me a little considering how the oil business has been in Alberta the last few months.
That honeymoon period could have been expanded until at least December of this year depending how the regular season started next fall or even a full year from now, had Benning’s boys figured out how to win four games from the younger, less experienced Flames over the last fortnight.
The players said see ya to each other today. Some will never play together again.
With the ‘Nucks gone in six games, it made me think of a question. Which teams’ future do you like and would you want?
The flaming C’s.
After last year’s atrocious season and even with all the good will and decent play this year, remember the Canucks finished second in the Pacific Division, this market was still a tough sell.
Ownership will be happy with three playoff dates, but not thrilled the rink was not sold out, even with a reduced price on a ticket.
Fans have been in a year long, shows us what you have mode.
Perhaps the job for Benning and Linden is easier with an aging corps of players and a first round loss. They can cut adrift some of the guys that are beyond their best before dates.
But it is a delicate balance.
They cannot completely gut this group, because the Aqulini’s and some fans are expecting a playoff calibre team every season.
With the 2014-15 season ending the way it did, assures us this off-season will be equally compelling.