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Canucks drama continues with Heritage Classic loss, Lack – Luongo controversy

Mar 2, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT

The 2014 Heritage Classic ended with fireworks, but the real show for many Vancouver Canucks fans came when it became clear that Eddie Lack would start over Roberto Luongo. Lack experienced some tough moments against the Ottawa Senators in an eventual 4-2 loss, only exasperating a shaky atmosphere around the team.

PHT’s Cam Tucker and Jason Brough were at the game, capturing how John Tortorella’s decision didn’t sit well with some fans.

Tucker deftly evoked the Canucks second most recent goalie controversy involving Luongo:

It’s almost become commonplace to feel bad for Luongo, but many believe that Lack is just unlucky to be dragged into the latest round of Canucks drama.

The disturbing thing for the Canucks is that this isn’t the only area of unease for the team, management and its fans. Regardless of denials, there are plenty of rumblings about Ryan Kesler being traded. Tortorella has made more than a few candid remarks about the makeup of the team prompting changes. To add injury to all the insults, Daniel Sedin suffered a lower-body ailment on Sunday, too.

It’s as if the Canucks hosted this big event at one of their most dysfunctional times. Consider the fact that this tweet went out before a loss in which Vancouver squandered a 2-0 lead to fall 4-2:

The Canucks have one more game (Tuesday at Phoenix) before the trade deadline. Fans won’t have to wait long to see if Sunday’s defeat was something of a swansong for a key member or two.

Then again, knowing this franchise, the drama could very well extend into the offseason (and maybe beyond).

  1. slysipops - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    oh my the fun continues ! LOU gets stiffed …AGAIN …TORTS says he’s going with the ” hot goalie ” ( not that i blame LACK ) and gets burned ……54000 fans go home full of grief …AGAIN ! KESSLER wants out…….. will LOU want out ?…… DANIEL is done for the year ? will the riots start tonight in NOOK LAND ? is the tar pot getting ready for TORTS ?

  2. ducksk - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Riot in streets! Boo everything. I detest canuckle fan base. Who would want to coach or play there? Kessler. No. Lou no. Torts that’s who. Welcome to the jungle.

    • grouseview - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Blah, blah, blahk. Take a hike Leaf fan. No other fans in the league talk smack about OTHER fans. Leaf fans are that pathetic.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:44 AM

        “No other fans in the league talk smack about OTHER fans. Leaf fans are that pathetic.”

        The ironing is delicious.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The Canucks now are the Flames from 3 years ago, a core that’s not good enough to win but the team keeps thinking they’re closer than they are, plus a lack of decent prospects, tight against the cap…the only difference is that Calgary didn’t have the drama Vancouver seems to have.

    If the Canucks really want to right the sinking ship they’ should fire Gillis and Tortorella, and tell the new guy he has permission to get rid of anyone and everyone as he sees fit. The will be keeping the Sedin’s because of their extensions but other than that they should be open to everything.

    • 19to77 - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Well, there’s a bit of a wrinkle to that plan. I agree in principle, but much like the Flames you so aptly compared them to, the Canucks have handed out trade protection to half the damn roster. Almost everyone who needs to be moved or would command a good return has some sort of clause in their contract, somewhat limiting their options if they ever do go that route.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        That’s true but I’m guessing a lot of players would accept trades to get off the sinking ship. The Canucks are at a point where they need to do something, even if it means taking whatever they can get for anything of value (Luongo included) only once they’ve moved out some of those contracts with the NTC and created some cap room can they finally start to actually fix things.

        The scariest thing for Canucks fans should be that Mike Gillis is still behind the wheel heading into the trade deadline, he’s done nothing to prove himself to be anything but a bad GM so far, they need to get rid of him and bring in someone competent ASAP.

      • kaptaanamerica - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        @atwater… everyone knows you’re a leafs fan… you’re right though you are only guessing. A lot of players took less to stay and keep playing in Vancouver. Injuries have taken their toll on the team this season and so it’s no surprise that the recent losing streak coincided with losing several dmen and top six forwards… the situation in Vancouver is never as dire as the eastern media/ cbc and others make it out to be…

        Friedman and Stock were a total joke on the CBC broadcast with their ridiculous comments. Oddly enough, Ron Maclean tried to reign those two in.

      • blomfeld - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Kaptain America – it’s called ‘entertainment’ friend and their attempts to stir the pot were ‘funny’ and they should be applauded … on the other hand, people like McLean are ‘boring’ and they bring ‘nothing’ to the table …

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        KaptanAmerica: I’m a Leafs fan?…that’s shocking news to me! You are incorrect, I’ve kept no secrets about that fact that I’m a Flames fan, I live in Calgary and I’ll support my team win or lose, as I would expect anyone to do.

        Being a Flames fan and witnessing first hand what happened here is exactly why I feel comfortable saying that the Canucks are headed down that road. The Canucks aren’t yet as far down the road as the Flames were when they finally admitted to themselves that it was a mess, but the Canucks are at a point where they have to take immediate corrective action or they will end up where the Flames were.

  4. hardkor07mn - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Sounds to me like you fellas have a hell of mess on your hands up there. We would take Kessler off your hands in MN.

    • crosbysuxx - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Another star in Minnesota that doesn’t produce? Don’t you guys have enough multimillion dollar under performers? 😉

      • purpleguy - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Heatley for sure, but that’s about it. Check out the injuries and number of players on that team under the age of 24, and you’ll see production is just fine.

  5. cfos00 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Isn’t this basically getting exactly what you asked for when you hired Torts?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Yes. Although the Vancouver media has fared pretty well so far. They haven’t seen the full wrath of that sorry excuse for a human that they call “coach”

  6. storminator16 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Don’t think Torts have much to do with this. This all reeks of Gillis.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      This was pretty obviously related to getting a trade done. It’s the media (and PHT trolls) who have their panties in a knot.

  7. blomfeld - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    blomfeld – Mar 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM


    Friends, I’m just about to settle in here and watch this ‘Hockey under the Tent’ festival. But as O’Brien observantly notes, this could have all the makings for something going wrong in a ‘big’ way ? God willing that won’t be the case and all will turn out well … and I’m sure it will. Then again, it is raining here right now ? …


    *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

    Ten Bears: brother, how could you have known that setback would befell them ?

    Blomfeld: we’ve only to open our ears and hearts to hear the great spirit’s words …

    Crazy Dog: well does this great spirit know where we can find some chicks ?

    Blomfeld: yes brother he does … he says that there’s a disco just over the next ridge …

  8. crosbysuxx - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Vancouver should’ve dumped Luongo when he fell apart in the Cup. He’s a top tier goalie but maybe he needs a change. A different team in front? A different city? Definitely.
    The Canucks are kinda like the “90210” of the NHL. Kind of pretty, okay to watch if nothing better is on, but no big when the season is over.

  9. leafsnation87 - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    The one trade the Canucks should be focused on is trading john tortorella or better yet let him go and hire Claude Noel like you originally wanted

  10. grouseview - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    This is real bad. The Canucks have this Gillis dope running the team and he apparently has some dirt on the team`s owner Aquilini cause there`s no other gm on the planet who could made the same moves and still be employed. The franchise treats their fans horribly and produces a garbage product…. look for seasons tickets to tank next year.

    • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      “The franchise treats their fans horribly and produces a garbage product”

      true enough friend, yet an argument could be made that their fans do likewise …

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