At least JT Miller had the courage to say it the way it is.
After another humiliating loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, JT Miller was asked about the team’s participation at the end of the game.
His response was so revealing that Canucks social media staff cut off the response.
Watch the end of this Miller interview.
Thankfully, those with no interest in muting the Canucks’ apparent dysfunction picked up the rest of the clip.
Things are going badly for the Canucks right now. They can’t score, can’t defend, they’re outskirts, they’re not hard on forward failure – if they even know what forward failure is.
The only person who plays well is Thatcher Demko, but his performances are now wasted every night. Either that, or he’s sidelined by a defense that started the season just below par, but now they’re back to their old ways of being downright dreadful.
How long can this continue before the Aquilini hit the self-destruct button?
- Jimmi was spitting fire (and vomit) in his last recap. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Patrick Johnston had damning comments that the Aquilini brothers potentially “disagree” on this current funk. [The Province]
Here is an excerpt from the article.
“Postmedia News understands that President Francesco Aquilini and his brother Roberto Aquilini disagree on the direction of the team.
“Roberto never took much interest in the team business, it was seen as Francesco’s ship, but if the last name was tainted, and we know the fans don’t talk much about the property right now, then he would be worried, maybe even towards action.
“It appears to be the case, although the way forward is not known.”
The players do not join and apparently Roberto does not join either.
At least fans are better off hoping it is, as confidence in this ownership group has already fallen below the previous all-time low.
- Craig Button explains how the Canucks’ plan off the ice is as inconsistent as the game on the ice. [TSN]
- Do you know who the Canucks are missing? Chris Tanev. [Daily Hive]
- Elias Pettersson’s ice time begins to decrease.
Elias Pettersson’s ice time tonight of 12:48 was the lowest in any injury-free game since making his NHL debut on October 3, 2018. After being on the ice for PGH’s 2nd goal, his 3 shifts in the final 12 1/2 minutes of the 2nd period were 17, 15 and 22 seconds. # CanucksProblems
– Iain MacIntyre (@imacSportsnet) 25 November 2021
I mean, this table of expected goals from last night’s game is pretty revealing of Pettersson and Brock Boeser’s performances.
- Former broadcaster Garry Valk also had some interesting words about this group.
In my opinion, the Canucks have a team made up of a bunch of individuals who have never had to work for anything in their lives. Now that the adversity is struck, they are dazed and confused.
– Garry Valk (@garryvalk) 25 November 2021
There are flaws in that statement, but the point is, this team hasn’t played well since actual expectations were set ahead of the 2020-21 season. It has been a strange year, however, with some great divisions and no fans.
With the pressure to come back this year, the young “stars” of this team seem more lost than ever.
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Draisaitl 20 goals and 40 points in 19 games. Crazy start.
– Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) 25 November 2021
After watching this video, you must be wondering if Pettersson and Hughes need to buy a “party house” to build team bonds?
- In case you didn’t throw up reading Jimmi’s recap, this article on Gretzky talking about the Oilers and Maple Leafs “Stanley Cup intangibles” will do the trick. [Sportsnet]
Seriously, I hope the Canucks read this quote from The Great One.
“I told my wife afterwards that [the Oilers] are so much closer to winning than people think because these guys are so close, ”said Gretzky. “It’s important in the locker room to be on the same page.”
- I’m not gonna lie, it drives me crazy when teams with lukewarm fanbases like the Panthers get nice things, while rabid fans in Vancouver are allowed to watch a pile of smoldering shit.
The Panthers just won their 11th straight home game last night. [NHL]
- At least the Canucks aren’t the only sad team. This brutal goal against sums up the terrible season of the Montreal Canadiens. They lost to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday and now have fewer wins than the modest Canucks. [Yahoo Sports]