Alain Vigneault, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, reportedly informed star goaltender Roberto Luongo that he needs to play better. While it is true that the Canucks have not been playing well as of late, you can hardly blame that on our beleaguered goalie.
Sure the Canucks could use a little help on defense right now but that isn’t even completely to blame for the Canuckle-heads losing streak. This entire season there has been a serious lack of scoring and while this is a problem it isn’t even the main problem as people used to go to see this team play even when they were losing in the past.
The biggest problem for this team is the boring style of play that can only be blamed on the Vancouver Canucks brain trust. This defense first style is absolutely boring, boring, boring. The other night a co-worker couldn’t attend the Canuck VS. Wild game and he had the hardest time even giving the tickets away.
In fact he ended up giving them to me and the only people that I could give them away to were a couple of women I know that had never been to a pro hockey game before. They had fun but that was probably attributable to the alcohol and not having a basis for comparison.
Was Alain Vigneault’s suggestion to Roberto Luongo warranted? Perhaps he could play a little better and that might happen if he had the inspiration of his teammates scoring some goals of their own.
So Alain Vigneault’s message to Roberto Luongo of “Play better” could probably be read as “Play better Luongo – or I’ll lose my coaching job because my system isn’t keeping the fans entertained.”
I gotta be honest here folks – even when the Canucks are winning games these days it is so boring to watch that I find myself not even caring because I am far more entertained by the grass growing and some paint drying. Thank God for alternative forms of entertainment!
E. Zack Lee