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A painful season of discontent for Canucks 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev (8) dives to check Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) during the third period at MTS Centre. Vancouver wins 3-2 overtime. Mar 12, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev (8) dives to check Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) during the third period at MTS Centre. Vancouver wins 3-2 overtime. Mar 12, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

We've all watched that scene in a movie where a guy is racing to catch the last ferry off the island only to finally get there just as it pulls away from the dock.

At that point, the driver has to make a split-second decision. Does he hammer the gas and hit the ramp soaring over the water to the ferry’s car deck? Or does he simply pound the brakes, come to a complete stop and concede defeat?

This is the current status of the Vancouver Canucks who find themselves with just 14 games left in the 2013/14 regular season calendar.

The goal at the beginning of this season was no different than previous years under this regime. — a Stanley Cup run.

Unfortunately, a few mishaps and some ill-timed mismanagement foibles have caused this squad to take a sharp step backwards into the quicksand region of mediocrity. The more you struggle the deeper and more stuck you get.

It hasn’t been pretty to watch.

The trade deadline came and went and despite a decent deal with Florida to finally move goalie Roberto Luongo, it still amounts to nothing that will really assist in a post-season push this year.

So what's left other than the old heart paddles to shock this franchise back to life? Fire the coach? Now?

@JennieK_NS: No. It would only make an already chaotic situation worse. Retool in the summer when there's time to plan.

@JensenBC: I don't want to salvage this season. It'll only give false hope that they're 'close' to contending. Flush it all. Start over.

@malsportsjunkie: No, not since he isn't the problem.

There is clearly more than just one problem on the Vancouver Canucks, but to have your coach during a pre-season press conference explain how he's going to have his team play then fall well short of achieving it is a problem for someone. Someone much higher up the food chain.

 

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