Another year, another disappointment. For the second consecutive season, the Vancouver Canucks have failed to make it out of the first round, falling to the sixth seeded San Jose Sharks in a sweep. They’ve won just one game in the last two years in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Naturally, as things always seem to be so sensible in Vancouver around this time of year, some of the blame has managed to fall on the likes of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. The two faces of the franchise have had difficulty helping their team get over the playoff hump.
The Canucks were starved for offense in this year’s series, failing to get much of anything against Antti Niemi. But Henrik & Daniel certainly aren’t to blame for that. While they didn’t have their best stretch of games, they were two of only three players that managed at least three points in the series.
Perhaps it’s failures prior this year that have Canucks fans all riled up. That doesn’t seem entirely correct either. Henrik finished with five points in five games last year, while Daniel had two in his two games after returning from injury. Point per game from both. It’s eerie, but not a failure by any means.
In fact, in no year since the 2006-2007 postseason have the Sedins really fallen on their faces as far as their production goes. Each of them cracked the 20 point mark in the year that Vancouver went to the Stanley Cup Finals, while each finished with 14 in 12 games the year prior.
Some have suggested that the Canucks would be better served to let the contracts of the Sedins run out, as they’re free agents next year, and get players who have had more success in the postseason. That’s simply absurd. It’s not the Sedins that are the problem.
It’s a mix of a lack of offense around them, a lack of composure, a lack of accountability (on the part of the players and on the coaches), and it’s a matter of inconsistency in goal. There are plenty of directions that fans of the Canucks could point the finger of blame in.
The Sedins are not one of those directions.