I feel bad for a guy like Sami Salo who may have just had his best chance at it. I feel bad for my cousin and frequent commenter Billy and the Canucks' fans who wanted this so badly. There is a huge douchebag contingent when it comes to the Canucks' fanbase, as demonstrated by the riot and by the keyboard warriors who called Theo Fleury a faggot and mocked his battles with addiction or who threatened guys like Bruce Arthur and Pierre Lebrun with violence. But they are a small minority really, compared to guys like Tom Benjamin.
Its tough. I remember June 19th 2006 and it still makes me wonder what might have been. If anything though I envy Canucks' fans for two reasons. In 2006 it was quite clear what migh thave been. The Oilers might have won games one, four or seven with a bounce (of course they might have lost games three or five too). They were inches away from a different outcome.
The Canucks lost four games by a good margin and I don't think there can be many sleepless nights about what might have been. The Bruins were the better team.
The second thing is that the Canucks will be back. Gillis is a pretty smart guy, imo; sure he inherited a lot (who doesn't) but he made some very good moves. He won't blow this up (imagine if Boston had done so after last season) and likely the Canucks will be back next season. If you're a Vancouver fan you have that. They will be back. The window remains open.
So ends another season and of course now the silly season begins. Buyouts, the draft, trades, free agency. Its Edmonton's time, our only time (sob). Can't wait to see what that old fox Tambellini has up his sleeve. (Loads gun) I'm sure he won't move guys like Gilbert and Hemsky for futures. (Pulls trigger).
I mean if Vancouver and Boston proved anything you certainly don't need a good veteran core and solid depth to go far. Right?