The Vancouver Canucks ended 2013 reeling once again after another swift first-round exit. The NHL free agency period gave them a chance to infuse optimism back in the fanbase, and the results so far for the cash-strapped franchise haven’t been wildly exciting when it comes to player personnel moves at least.
Signing deposed ex-New York Rangers Coach John Tortorella does add some spice to the Canucks’ offseason, but the additions of centers Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson along with defenseman Yannick Weber aren’t going too make anyone go crazy with excitement.
Then there’s the huge head-scratcher in the room, dealing the season-long starting goaltender and keeping visibly unhappy backup netminder Robert Luongo.
“I feel like I’m at a stage of my life where I want to play,” Luongo said after the Canucks were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference quarterfinals, via CBS Sports. “Whether that’s here or somewhere else, that remains to be seen.
“What’s happened over the course of the last two years suggests that maybe it’s not my place to be the starter here anymore. That being said, things change. Who knows.”
Well, he’s still here and team MVP Cory Schneider‘s been traded off. What that means for the team’s will and ability to revive Luongo’s career in Vancouver remains to be seen. Perhaps Tortorella can right the ship in this never-ending saga, but that probably depends on whether is fiery coaching style meshes with the team.
“It doesn’t matter if you have a type that comes in that yells and screams,” captain Henrik Sedin said, via The Globe and Mail. “It has to make sense. As a player, you have to sit there, and say, ‘Well, he’s right, this is the way it should be.’ There’s nothing wrong with doing that.”