Re: It's all over in Vancouver
posted at 4/23/2012 6:30 PM EDT
In Response to Re: It's all over in Vancouver
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: It's all over in Vancouver : 49 what about this above ?
Posted by BsLegion[/QUOTE]
I don't think it's an issue.
Kesler knows that he's one of the leaders on the team, and I think he'd be the first to say that going without a goal in 16 games is unacceptable. As a leader, you stand up and take the criticism when the team is struggling, just as you accept the accolades when the team succeeds. I hardly think he's going to be made the scapegoat. There were plenty of poor performances to go around.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Kesler's hip surgery needs a revisit in the off-season. I don't think he ever looked 100% during the season, what with missing training camp, and coming in late. That explosiveness that we saw last year was absent, and he's not the same without it.
I think there will be a lot of soul-searching about the amount of 'fight' in the Canucks in this round, but in the end, I think it comes down to the fact that they were outplayed by a hungrier team, a deeper team, and when you look at the play of guys like Richards, Kopitar, Brown, et al, a team where the stars stepped up and performed when they needed to.
The Canucks were more competitive with Daniel in the lineup in Gms 4 & 5, and things might have turned out differently had he been there for the first 3. But, that's the way things go, eh?