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Why are the Canucks struggling?
Tue, January 20, 2009

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

Mired in a club-record seven-game home-losing skid, the Vancouver Canucks has strayed from the style that general manager Mike Gillis molded them to become ever since his tenure began.

The rookie GM wanted a gritty team. He wanted a team that opponents would be afraid to play against.

So during the off-season, Gillis brought in enforcer Darcy Hordichuk, Shane O'Brien, Rob Davison and Steve Bernier, who currently leads the team in hits.

These bruising additions, along with Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund, Alex Burrows, Willie Mitchell, Mike Brown and more, aimed to imitate the physicality like the Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks two years ago.

But all that has leveled off in the past few weeks.

What do you think is wrong with the Canucks? And why are they struggling with Mats Sundin and Roberto Luongo in the lineup? Have your say in our forum



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Ok, you guys are being too hard on Sundin. Granted, I'm an Ottawa fan and as such, do not have much sympathy for him. On the other hand, he did miss half a year while he took his "walk in the snow" so to speak before deciding what to do with himself. Of course he's not going to be perfect right out of the gate. Give him some time. He'll get back to his annoyingly good form soon enough.
Evil Jaze, 2009-02-03 15:19:26

Too many sisters on one team and who really cares
Nort, 2009-02-03 14:41:43

Adding grit and toughness is great but the "toughness" that Gillis brought in only play about 5-10 minutes per game. The rest of the team is basically team Sweden and the Swedes have never really been known for their toughness. I never thought Mats Sundin was a good idea and especially not at the money he's making. A hard nosed player like Shanahan would have been way more effective at a fraction of the cost. He's gritty, tough and has some skill and would be able to play more than 5 minutes per game
Billybob, 2009-02-03 14:21:04

They are a middle of the road team at best even with washed up Sundin in the mix.They lost their toughness when Bertuzzi left and no one has been able to fill the large shadow that he left.As I said before the Canuckleheads are welcome to have Sundin.He was bad chemistry in TO.The Canucklehead fans are beginning to realize that Sundin isn't the answer to their woes and they will likely be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
John Boy, 2009-02-03 14:02:16

why are the canucks losing? well ever since sundin showed up they stopped playing as a team. They seem to be waiting for sundin to move mountains and win every game for them. The sedin's have not done anything for a long time. Demitra looks to be a waste of time even when he is playing. Luongo is just plain playing bad.He does not have the form he had before his injury and maybe being the captain is weighing on his mind. Although he is a franchise player I do not think he wants or likes the role of captain. In a city like vancouver that job is draining. Salo looks to be a brightspot adding some much needed offense from the blueline. I still think the nucks need another puck moving defensemen. Bieksa seems to be slowing down in that role. kesler's line should be promoted to first line...they are playing well. I coached a team once under the mantra that those who played well played often and those who do not did not and the team always seemed to play well. It seems players respect people who play hard as opposed to players who don't. Sundin should not be playing on the first or second line until he shows that he is in shape and his game is on. He is in horrible shape and it shows.I can't believe he did not skate over the allstar break. No wonder toronto never went anywhere with him as the captain. If it was my team it would be fourth line for him
bman, 2009-02-03 09:56:19

Simply put they need Luongo to play as an elite goalie. He has been average at best the past season and a half.

All the rest is irrelevant. The team only goes as far as the netminder can take them given the lineup they have. http://johnnycanucklehead.blogspot.com/
Johnny Cancuklehead, 2009-02-02 15:24:07

The Habs are having thier problems too, losing 4 in a row.

We get Koivu and Higgins back and we start losing? Is this a sign that this is really not Koivu's team and maybe it's Kovalev's? After all, with the K brothers and Markov, and Kovalev's buddy, Lang.

H'MMM. Maybe the team's psyche is too fragile as the Habs sucked badly twice this year when Sundin was about to return and he had not yet signed with the Canucks, and now with the

Lecavalier and Boumeester trade rumors...


Andy V., 2009-01-30 16:53:08

Last I heard hockey is a team game. You can't hang it on one or two players. Cmon, fans, show some faith.
Bill, 2009-01-30 12:17:48

I said it in September and I'll say it again.

Anyone offering Fat Cat Mats a 20 million dollar contract is an idiot.

Luongo's not having a bad year, he's just pi$$ed watching that oaf make more money than he does!


Probert, 2009-01-29 11:34:40

All I can say is the world can see for themselves that Sundin is just and average player at best. In fact he has done more harm than good since he started playing for Vancouver. Cse in point he is a minus 5 and continues to take stupid penaties that cost his team games. He is so out of shape it is funny watching him try and backcheck. Couldnt happen to a nicer jerk.
Brian, 2009-01-29 11:22:37

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