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Cheap Canucks tix on offer for this sinking ship 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) checks Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison (5) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mar 19, 2014; Vancouver, B.C. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (15) checks Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison (5) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mar 19, 2014; Vancouver, B.C. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

According to the mathematicians, the chances of the Vancouver Canucks making the playoffs are somewhere between slim and none — and slim just left town with what's being called a lower body injury.

The passion invested in this team, as frustrating as they can be, is rivalled only by the money spent on supporting them.

@kfeisen44: Can't find anyone to pay to go with me so bring for free or sell pair for 1/2 STH price. Student & losing money big time.

In the past, winning was the best salesman in the room. When the Canucks became an elite team there was no shortage of fans willing to gobble up any spare tickets.

@Darren1417: I've been able to get tickets for 40 each and 50 each. First time since the early 2000s

It's a fine line the ownership group will have to walk if they want to keep those fans that are on the "I'm not paying top dollar to watch a rebuild" bubble.

It's a ridiculously tougher sell for GM Mike Gillis to sit in a room with the Aquilinis explaining to the Canucks’ owners how he intends to turn a group of kids and some weary veterans into Stanley Cup contenders.

If ownership sees it that way then perhaps someone new could be hired to usher in the younger and, more importantly, less expensive era.

If the organization eventually admits they’re not good enough to compete for the Cup then we could be looking at the end of spend to the cap — the final nail in what was once the best team in the league’s coffin.

@schaaptop: I sat outside Rogers Arena with free tickets watching desperate scalpers sell balcony tickets for $20. season in a nutshell!

 

 

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