The Canucks suited trio (no ties) were front and centre between the viaducts to put a bow on the 2014-2015 season.
Without gushing, I think President Trevor, gentleman Jim the GM and Coach Willie D were pleased with year one under their stewardship, despite the disappointment of flickering out versus the Flames in the first round.
It was also pretty easy to be pleased, consider the disaster that was last season.
You knew the three wise men would not go into specific details about any shortcomings their on ice product might have. Some of those chaps will have to be traded or bought out.
Torts was right about one thing when he left a year ago. You have to stop talking about 2011. The core of this team was the core of that team and is old enough to remember Duran Duran in their heyday. Plus, the phrase heyday still means something to them.
Linden and Benning know the Aqulini’s have handcuffed them by wanting the team to build, while still hosting playoff games.
They cannot gut the team and take six years to get to the post-season like Calgary. So some of the core guys have to help transition the young’uns into the ways of the NHL.
As Benning said, they have to develop on the fly. The GM also pointed out the young guns on the Comets of Utica will not be given jobs with the big club. To quote John Houseman, they have to earrrrn them.
Linden also acknowledged they still have plenty of work to do with the teams’ fans and he knows they have to get more bootays in maroon coloured chairs at the Rog.
It will be intriguing to watch the off season personnel moves.
After a year at the helm, the Linden team has the hockey club headed onward and upward.