This will make the long weekend seem even longer: the musings and meditations on the world of sports.
When the Vancouver Canucks’ season ended two weeks ago the team’s coaching staff returned to their respective summer retreats believing they were about to be fired.
And they understood why. If you inject them with truth serum, they’ll tell you the Canucks could have used a second-line centre — or any NHL-calibre centre come to think of it — this season. The team also could have used the $5.4 million in cap space tied up in its backup goalie. And they most certainly could have used more help than Derek Roy at the trade deadline.
But Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown are veteran hockey men who understand that coaches are generally the first casualty after a disappointing season. What they don’t understand is why they’re still waiting to learn about their fate while general manager Mike Gillis conducts a review of...