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Playoff bubble watch — Canucks edition

Mar 21, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Jensen, Jason Garrison AP

This may be the last week we can do a bubble watch for the Canucks, so let’s get it in while there’s still a mathematical possibility of Vancouver making the playoffs.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Canucks have a 2.0 percent chance of making the postseason. But…BUT…if they win all 10 of their remaining games, that probability leaps all the way to 87.0 percent.

OK, so it’s very, very unlikely that Vancouver gets in. Basically, the Canucks need to be almost perfect — and there hasn’t been a whole lot to suggest they’re capable of being that — and/or hope that both Dallas and Phoenix choke.

source:  Safe to say, once this season’s hope has been officially extinguished, there are going to be some big decisions for this club to make. And it will start with general manager Mike Gillis. Because whoever is making the personnel decisions — be it Gillis or a new general manager — will have to decide whether to keep John Tortorella behind the bench, and then whether to trade the likes of Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, or anyone else that can help the team “get younger, faster and stronger.”

Vancouver last missed the playoffs in 2008. Since then, the Canucks have enjoyed their finest stretch of play since the franchise entered the NHL in 1970. Two times they won the Presidents’ Trophy. They had a trip all the way Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. A Hart Trophy and Art Ross for Henrik Sedin. Another Art Ross for Daniel Sedin. A Selke for Kesler.

Is it the end of an era? Or, can an offseason retooling — as opposed to a full rebuild — bring Vancouver back into contention?

At the very least, Canucks fans have reason to keep watching in young Nicklas Jensen, the 2011 first-round pick who’s scored three times since being called up from the AHL earlier this month.

“I think it’s great for the organization, not just for the team now, but for the future to see guys coming in and pushing for spots,” said Henrik Sedin. “It’s when you have young guys pushing for spots from below and that’s something we haven’t had for … 10 years.”

  1. kingcobraman - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    that was a pretty good run but nothing lasts forever…. time to catch up on the golf and fishing and all great outdoor activities in beautiful b .c.

  2. muckleflugga - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    i don’t know if i’ll hold up …

    a lingering winter reminding me of every hockey hit hack and post game tournament hijinks gone awry when the diving board broke and the chandelier came free …

    the strain watching cnn spread three talking points into two weeks of continual breaking news — surpassing cbc’s ruthless pulitzer winning coverage of rob ford’s garden of earthly delights … hoooooooooooo t hooooooooo

    stephen harper and john baird off to the ukraine to put the frighteners on the russians … there’s always a chance vladimir putin will die laughing were he to notice … he’s already in hysterics after having his netflix account frozen by barack obama so who knows

    [ ask grain farmers in canada and the united states how they feel about sanctioning their biggest market … hoooooooooooo t hooooooooo ]

    now … vancouver … home of tough hard men … lumberjacks longshoremen beachcombers … the best herb on our lovely green planet … hoooooooooooo t hooooooooo … is that tree eating the sky or what … man

    please fire gillis … ship kesler to california where aquatics and glide planes are appreciated … put edler on a plane to detroit where all good swedes go to die … find and use your home grown …

    talent … stan the steamer and the courtnalls … bring our canucks back to respectability so the beautiful city of vancouver can return to its prideful preening self … with wind lots of hot wind …

    blowing over the rocks to end this effing interminable winter in calgary … icy jewel of the west …nuh nuh nu nn nnnn no

    icy jewels are not fun … trust me

    • blomfeld - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Friend, your writings here at PHT are truly a ‘treat’ to read ! :)


  3. nightfireop - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    amazing how just 3 years ago this canucks team was THE (not one of…THE) most fearsome teams in the nhl.

    • govtminion - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      It’s amazing how fast teams can rise and fall now in the NHL- the downfall of the Canucks, the rise of the Avalanche… it’s hard to see a team really make a contender year after year anymore. My dislike of the Red Wings aside, it really puts an exclamation on this at-risk stretch of making the playoffs that they’ve had all these years.

  4. slaugin - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I agree with you and think the Bruins have the right idea. To stay competative you need 4 solid lines not a superstar to build around. Time will tell but I think that’s why they got it right by trading Seguin

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