Crap happens, and, if you ask Ryan Kesler, it’s every time someone dismisses the Canucks.
There’s a few more of those this year. Get humiliated in the first round in consecutive seasons, and you tend to attract some skepticism.
Some even think the Canucks are no longer Stanley Cup contenders. The gall. That concept, amidst all the good vibes at training camp, is all it took to trigger Angry Kes.
“To be honest, I don’t listen to that s**t,” he declared.
“That’s what it is. It’s s**t.
“We believe in ourselves in the dressing room.”
Of course they do. It’s training camp and it’s a place as hopeful as the first day at a new job. Anything seems possible.
Well, anything but the Canucks effectively filling their holes at centre.
Manny Malhotra’s eye was smashed on March 16, 2011. In the 2 1/2 years since, the Canucks have tried young centres (Jordan Schroeder, Cody Hodgson), old centres (Sami Pahlsson), skilled centres (Derek Roy), and pest centres...