It’s always been about the room.
There’s the Mind Room, the Star-Trek like locker-room and the room they turned into a posh players’ lounge complete with chef service.
The Vancouver Canucks often reference the room — that place where they take refuge from the coaching staff and media to hold each other accountable — and the veterans who set that performance bar are left alone by Alain Vigneault. It created urgency from within and also a comfort zone.
How the successor to Vigneault sells the buy-in will be more important than finding that third-line centre or improving a pitiful power play.
Being swept aside in the playoffs should provide all the incentive, but the Canucks said the same thing a year ago when they bowed out of the postseason in five games. They believed in the core. They believed in the coaches. The refrain echoed again after the San Jose Sharks series, and you wonder if the new coach may have to...