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SixPack: Canucks loss overshadowed by Benning's contract extension

Omar Feb 15, 2018 1:01 am 538

A game after posting a shutout in Sunday’s 6-0 win, Jacob Markstrom got pulled for allowing four goals in the first period against Florida. Vancouver lost 4-3 to the Panthers on Wednesday.

That 6-0 win came after 4-1 loss to Carolina.

The only reason I’m pointing out this recent stretch is to show the marked inconsistency being put out by this Canucks team from game to game.

Management went with the tag line “Compete is in our nature” this season, promising a more competitive product on the ice.

What have they delivered? Mixed results at best.

One thing we do know – this team you follow, the one you live and die with, they just signed up for three more years of the same direction.

Some of you were happy. Some, not so much. We’ll get into that.

As divided as Canucks nation was on this eventful day, you have to say this about the team’s fans: they showed once and for all that they are obsessed with the future. What’s happening on the ice right now – almost entirely inconsequential.

So for anyone who said fans in Vancouver couldn’t stomach a rebuild – a rebuild is pretty much all they want to think about, not this excuse for “competitive” hockey they see in front of them.

First, some points from the game.

1. Trade this man

Watch this. (The play right in front of the London Life ad, in particular)

Then read this.

Not the part about Walker – that’s his usual attention grabbing stuff.

That revelation from iMac is the reason I’m including this tweet.

This is not Alex Edler – a top-pairing defenseman with 21 points who makes a mistake here and there.

This is a third-pairing guy who is going to command top-4 money.

One who regularly makes plays like the one where he has his pocket picked by none other than the young forward he was traded for – Jared McCann – and has none of the upside possessed by Edler.

How and why signing him is still a discussion is beyond me.

But so is a lot of stuff at the moment.

2. Goals goals goals

That Petrovic goal off McCann’s steal was Florida’s 3-2 goal.

There were six others. Some were worth giffing.

I mentioned Edler sometimes makes mistakes – this soft play on Dadonov won’t go far in convincing his haters how valuable he is. (He is though).

Markstrom might’ve been even softer than Edler on that one…

And here’s Boeser, showing he needs about 0.5 seconds of 5-on-3 time to capitalize.

One more – the one that ended Marky’s night.

3. Reactions to the Benning news

I’m not going to get into my thoughts on the Benning signing too much in this SixPack. I’m working on that for the next couple of days. What I’ll do here is include some feedback the signing received.

There was good feedback.

And there was bad.

The eternal optimists weighed in.

And there were those who have gone from sad to apathetic.

That’s a cause for concern, if you ask me.

These too.

Polarized much?

This one, in response to a tweet from the owner about the news, might be the best.

4. The best quote

Linden and Benning said a lot in their press conference earlier Wednesday, and as I said, I’ll get into it later. This quote from Benning, though. It’s a keeper:

“We’re going to to do things the right way and I think that’s what we’ve been doing since we’ve taken over.

We want to do things the right way, develop our kids and when they’re ready to play give them an opportunity to be successful.

I think if we do things the right way and we set the culture, I don’t know when we’re going to be good, but I think if we’re doing things the right way, I’m hoping it’s going to be sooner rather than later.”

All this about “doing things the right way” makes me wonder… what’s the wrong way? Being more aggressive with trading pending UFAs at trade deadlines? Not trading draft picks for short term solutions? Not signing UFAs to massive deals in order to keep the team competitive?

Just questions that popped into my mind, that’s all.

5. Real talk

During the game’s second intermission Iain MacIntyre said he thinks fans still don’t realize just how bad the roster situation Linden and Benning inherited was.

This, to me, is ridiculous, because Linden has repeatedly talked about what a tough situation it was every time he’s asked how the team is going and about it’s direction going forward.

Every pro-Benning Canucks fan uses it as a fall-back, and every one on the other side has heard it a hundred times. So to suggest fans don’t realize how bad it was… they realize. They have no choice but to realize.

The counterpoint:

6. The hammer

I’m going to end the SixPack with this tweet. They’ve made a lot of promises, but this is one you shouldn’t forget…

Elite by their fourth or fifth year, huh? Wait, by my count that would have them verging on being an elite team.. now.

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Sports writer with Daily Hive Vancouver; University of Kings College journalism grad; worked at and 24Hours.

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