The Vancouver Canucks picked an interesting day to send out season’s greetings — along with some rosy spin — to their fans.
“We are all learning together as we push for a playoff spot and build for the future,” wrote president of hockey operations Trevor Linden in a letter to the fans. “Our coaches and leadership group have been strong as always and I look forward to an exciting winter and spring at Rogers Arena.”
A few reasons why that was interesting, if not downright tone deaf:
— Last night, the Canucks put forth arguably their worst effort of the season. They lost, 6-2, in Minnesota, and probably deserved to lose by more.
— This morning, the local sports radio station held a poll — should coach Willie Desjardins be fired? Almost half the respondents said yes.
— Meanwhile, 20-year-old center Bo Horvat continues to look totally in over his head defensively:
— And just to top it off, 22-year-old defenseman Frank Corrado received good reviews in his Toronto debut last night. You’ll recall the Canucks lost Corrado to waivers in October. They’ve since been decimated by injuries to their blue line. There was an easy way for Vancouver to keep Corrado, but for whatever reason, management decided to expose him to waivers.
So yeah, not the best timing on those season’s greetings. Could’ve maybe held off until tomorrow.
The Canucks’ next game is tomorrow in Philadelphia.