Alain Vigneault was distributing newspapers rather than reading them Thursday. Wise decision.
In conjunction with the annual Raise-A-Reader program, the Vancouver Canucks coach stood on the corner of Granville and Georgia and spent the majority of his two-hour commitment posing for pictures and signing autographs. It kept the bench boss from flipping pages and being reminded of the frustrating NHL lockout and that main camp would have opened Friday.
And all that hockey talk may have triggered the memory of when many — including this writer — wondered whether Vigneault would retain his position following a quick five-game playoff exit by the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
“I’m not a big reader, but I read what I like and I like sports,” said Vigneault.
“I read a lot of stuff like that.”
If he read all the analysis, projections and suggestions from four months ago of what the Canucks could or should do with their front-office staff, he probably doubled over in laughter at his...