welcome back to WDYTTthe only hockey column on the internet that is on summer break and still publishing at the exact same time.
Speaking of summer, to say it’s been a slow summer for the Vancouver Canucks would be a lie.
Several exciting prospects with potential were added to the organization through the 2022 Entry Draft.
The Free Agent Frenzy brought in several new veterans, including surefire roster players Ilya Mikheyev and Curtis Lazar, along with the intriguing Andrey Kuzmenko.
The coaching staff has been updated, the off-ice staff has seen widespread changes, and there’s even a new jersey in the mix.
Still, Canucks fans are restless. Impatient, in some cases. Restless, in others. They’re waiting… for something. But what?
An exchange, obviously.
Despite a flurry of rumours, the 2022 trade deadline has come and gone with little fanfare. Surely, then, those expected transactions were being held up until high-octane July. Right?
July has come and gone, and now we are well into August with no major changes.
So, since we don’t have any real trades to write about, why don’t we see what our trusted readers come up with?
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All the other middle teams that are stuck in NHL purgatory.
The Canucks don’t really have a stereotypical rival. They’ve been a pretty poor team for too long for any of their past rivalries to remain relevant. Rivalries are spawned from playoff battles and physical and nervous players develop their intensity. It could be two or three years before there is a real rivalry.
For me it would be both Calgary and Edmonton. These games are difficult and the points mean a lot for the ranking. Mostly a rivalry for me, because I don’t like those two teams at all. I’d rather cheer on an American team if they got to the final and Calgary or Edmonton played, but there’s not much danger of that happening.
The Canucks’ biggest rival right now is CAP.
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Unfortunately, and it’s the sad reality of being hot trash for so long, they don’t have any real rivalries right now. Rivalries are made in the playoffs. No playoffs = no bad blood. The Pacific top is starting to morph into four or five very competitive teams, in the next few seasons something should come up. My guess will be Vegas. I would love for the Canucks and Knights to be full in Vancouver/Chicago, around 2009-2011.
I don’t think the Canucks have really had a true long-standing rivalry in the same sense that Cal/Edm, NYR/NYI or others have had over the years. Calgary, Chicago and maybe Colorado have produced intense stages at times, but nothing really epic. Maybe Seattle will be that if we match up in the playoffs and have long, physical series.
Rivalries are built in the playoffs and since we haven’t been a playoff team, we don’t have one. Over the years it’s been Toronto (when they played in the Western Conference), Boston, Chicago, Edmonton, Calgary. Meeting Chicago when we were on the cusp of the first round three years in a row until we “slayed the dragon” built a fantastic rivalry. Boston with the Rat pointing his ring finger in 2012 in front of fans at Rogers Arena, the famous Roxy flu and the photo of Kane drunk and hanging from the sunroof of a limousine the day before the game. All of these stories are built in the playoffs. The Wild for many years saw us as their biggest rival, and we barely knew more than three guys on the team by name. Unfortunately, without the success and disappointment of the playoffs, we just don’t have one right now. We hope that Seattle and Vancouver are good at the same time and enjoy our own battle for I5. Sadly, that seems years away.
A River Called Curt:
The Bakersfield Condors.
The biggest rivalry is internal: Rutherford vs. Boudreau.
The Canucks’ biggest rival is themselves. How many times have you beat yourself up, both on and off the ice?
The last great rival of the Canucks was Jim Benning, but now…???
Well, it’s probably safe to say that no other team considers Vancouver their biggest rival, except maybe Seattle. I don’t see that being reciprocal yet, as Seattle hasn’t proven good enough to really challenge Vancouver. From Vancouver’s point of view, it will probably be Calgary first, in part due to the exodus of Markstrom and Tanev a few seasons ago and Gudbranson’s semi-resurgence there last season; followed by Edmonton, Toronto and Boston in that order.
But for me it’s Vegas, a team that Vancouver hadn’t been able to beat in regulation for so long. I personally don’t like the GKs because of their blatant “cheating” (or manipulation, if you will) of the salary cap system to be ready to freeze a team clearly millions over the salary cap when it comes time for the playoffs ( Tampa-style), and they seemed to have some of the most beneficial LTIR injuries at just the right time. I was thrilled when the Canucks put their boots on them late last season and won their last two games against Las Vegas as it helped a bit to knock the GK out of the playoffs and helped atone for the egregious delay of the game penalty against Demko (2021-11-13). This certainly added to the seven-game series Demko nearly stole in 2020 alone.
No one. Rivalries denote mutual feelings for each other, and irrelevance doesn’t inspire strong feelings that any other team cares about.
Before Benning’s firing, he would have said Seattle for the Cascadia toilet. Now *crickets*
Aquilini’s shakeup in the playoff race versus Rutherford and top management’s vision for the Canucks.
The Canucks don’t have a natural rival. Natural rivalries are often based on geographic proximity (eg, Calgary-Edmonton; Pittsburgh-Philadelphia) or long history (eg, Toronto-Montreal). Hopefully, one day, Seattle will become the Canucks’ biggest rival on an ongoing basis, based on geographic proximity. Some Canucks rivals crop up from time to time based on playoff history, but they’re temporary. Calgary, Chicago and Boston were once rivals on that basis, but they are no longer rivals.
Enough time has passed since the Canucks enjoyed significant success that, aside from possibly developing a future rivalry with Seattle based on geography, they won’t have any real rivals until they’re good enough to contend for at least a division title.
They should make Colorado their most hated team from now on … because they have to beat them on the road, anyway. Since 2015, Canucks have 12W and 8L against them, and the games are usually good.
Without a doubt, their biggest rivalry is themselves and their inability to structure a competitive team around a flat cap scenario.
Hopefully that will change in the future, but Allvin and Rutherford have a LOT of work ahead of them.
In most cases, rivalries require a degree of physicality on the part of both teams.
Until it’s tough to play against the Canucks, they won’t have a rival.
Calgary is the Canucks’ biggest rival. It goes back decades. Otto and Linden fighting in the circle face to face. Bure scoring and taking out the Flames was great. Even Torts didn’t like the Llamas!
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The biggest historical rivalry has to be Boston, Avalanche (remember the cheers after the Bertuzzi incident?) and Calgary.
But for rivalry GAMES, it’s Toronto, Edmonton, and Boston. It always feels like we’re outnumbered in our own barn.
Rivalries? None really for what is a perpetual club outside of the playoffs. He loves when the Leafs come to town, but they’re in the East. SEAs aren’t currently good enough to consider, despite their geographic location at the moment, and the disgraced CHI Hawks are looking more like the California Seals by the day.
I’ve always thought of Calgary and Edmonton as Vancouver’s biggest rivals, though they don’t share that sentiment.
Historical rivals have been Chicago, Avalanche and Detroit as they have been responsible for knocking the Canucks out of the playoffs many times in the past when we have fielded our best teams.
I don’t really consider Boston a rival since we didn’t play against them much, but I definitely don’t like Boston because of what happened in 2011.
I guess we can now consider the Kraken as our main rival, and they will eventually become the Canucks’ biggest rival in the future. But currently, I only feel sorry for Kraken and it will take several years to make them a proper rival.