What Vancouver GM Mike Gillis essentially said in his post-mortem with the media is announce the end of the Mason Raymond era.
Small, supposedly skilled players are out. Big, supposedly tough players are in vogue. That, Gillis said, is what it will take to win the Stanley Cup. Goodness knows what he’ll say if the Chicago Blackhawks win it all again.
The Canucks’ core is likely to stay the same. There are just too many no-trade agreements. That means this reset will look a lot like that last reset five years ago.
Maybe they’ll even bring back the coach for kicks. Though someone will have to call him to tell him, because for the second year in a row, Alain Vigneault fled the scene of the crime, choosing not to man up for his season-ending session to answer questions.
Some will see it as bush league, and they would be right.
Roberto Luongo, however, manned up in Vancouver for what he hopes is...