Daniel Wilson wrote:Markus Naslund continues to take the dumbest, most inopportune penalties. It's always a hook in the neutral zone or a trip in the offensive zone. Now a closing the hand on the puck call. For that reason alone, he should be stripped of the 'C'. How many times are the Canucks rolling along smoothly and Naslund gets sent to the box. It's very frustrating.
I hate that Naslund gets held to a higher standard. Seriously, if ANY OTHER FORWARD OTHER THAN HIM OR THE SEDINS PUT UP THE NUMBERS HE HAS THIS YEAR FANS WOULD BE CLAMOURING FOR A LONG TERM EXTENSION.
Sure Naslund is the captain, and people expect him to lead by example, but we really don't know what goes on in the locker room. If we lose, it's Naslund's fault. If we win, it was in spite of Naslund. For all we know he's the only thing keeping this locker room together right now. The truth is we have no idea what's going on behind closed doors.
Sure he's overpaid right now, but he's been hilariously underpaid in the past ($4M for his best years when he probably could have been a $9M player). It sickens me when people point out every one of his flaws. What about the fact that Linden (who I adore by the way), is essentially useless these days. People play down the fact that he adds almost nothing offensively and little defensively to the team, and play up his supposed awe-inspiring speeches. As for bad penalties, everyone on the team takes them. Naslund seems to have taken a couple awful ones lately, but other than Raymond every player on the team goes through stretches like that. Even our probable captain-to-be Mitchell.
Seriously, Naslund hasn't been good this year. But Canuck fans/the media dump on him so hard that it's no wonder. If everyone said I couldn't do it constantly, I doubt I'd ever feel confident in myself either. Lay off him.