With almost half a century under their belt, the Vancouver Canucks are a team that has show an amazing level of incompetence. Combining a wondrous mix of bad drafting, bad free agent signings, and bad management / ownership has produced a team that is often hard to watch.
Current GM Jim Benning is doing his best to continue this tradition by continually ignoring what the fans are crying out for. If the Canucks and Benning had embraced the rebuild when they should have, it is likely that they would be icing a very competitive team today. Instead, they are still embroiled in a mess of mixed identity are have spent large stretches over the last two years being among the worst teams, statistically, in the NHL.
Now, GM Benning has announced that the rebuild is likely to be delayed further as he has publicly stated he is looking into re-signing not only Thomas Vanek but the grossly overpaid Erik Gudbranson. This should not be overly surprising as Benning has shown a complete inability to actually gauge the talent level of his club as well as the public’s longing for a fresh start.
THE FANS CRY: PLEASE START THE REBUILD
Sadly, it has become clear that Benning, Trevor Linden, and ownership have decided that putting a sub-standard product on the ice to insulate the end of the Sedins career is more important to them than the fans that pay some of the highest ticket prices in the league. This is a slap in the face to their loyal fan base, many of whom have to work for 2, 3, or more days to afford to take their family to a game in the cheap seats. While the Sedins have had great careers and are high quality people, they have also been paid tens of millions of dollars for their service.
Taking your fans hard earned money to watch a bad team just to make sure two multi millionaire players are being “treated fairly” just shows how completely out of touch with the average fan people like Trevor Linden are.
The fans will keep hoping up to trade deadline that Benning comes to his senses. It is time to trim the deadwood and try to make the next 50 years better than the first.