Vancouver Canucks – What Went Wrong – Part 1 – Coaching
I know that there will be much angst, complaining and questioning of why or how, did the Canucks fail. I have some thoughts and suggestions on how to ensure they remain competitive and maybe return to the Finals. I believe I am being objective here as an interested Boston fan who watched them get dissected with a great game plan that exposed several weaknesses.
I found that Alain Vigneault was consistently out-coached by Claude Julien. The Canucks were very undisciplined, as evidenced by continued diving, taunting, yapping and dumb penalties. The Bruins were guilty of the same at times, but Julien put a stop to most of the stuff with a word to the players involved. The taunting in Game 3 by the Bruins did not reoccur in any later games and Shawn Thornton was quick to point out that it was because Coach read them the riot act. The organization is a class organization with many traditions and he expects his players to live up to these traditions.
The other notable area was with the team rosters. Julien was quick to make adjustments (inserting Thornton) and rolled his lines over very well during the games. Vigneault refused to juggle his lines at all. Obvious error, the Sedin line. It became apparent early on that Burrows was useless on this line and the Sedin’s should have been moved around a bit, maybe even split up. The Bruins had a plan for them and it worked. Splitting them may have thrown a kink into the plan and this error falls solely on Alain Vigneault’s shoulders. Burrows was a mistake as well. A constant distraction to his linemates, continual taunting, yapping and dive after dive. If he was a Bruin, this would not have continued. As a Canuck, it continued and greatly influenced the refereeing. You show up the refs, you don’t get the call. Being on the number 1 line, the ref effect contributed to the Bruins success in shutting down the Sedin’s.
The comments made by Luongo about Tim Thomas are well known. The one by Daniel Sedin, guaranteeing a game 7 victory are not as well knowN. The link to this comment is below. Again, Alain Vigneault’s fault for not guiding his players.
Bottom line, the Canucks need a new coach, a coach not unlike Claude Julien, who can get 110% out of his players and insert discipline into the mix. The talent is definitely there.
Part 2 tomorrow, Goaltending and Defense.