to be honest i think coach v's the problem here. he's not doing anything! for god sakes the assitant coach had to flip out because v wouldnt say anythign in practise....this jackass has to go. NOW.
Here is the transition in the life of a team (or company, country, etc).
1. Playing lights out, (which the canucks were, especially in november).
2. Start thinking you are good, and either play fancy or lazy or both.
3. Hot streak continues, mainly because your confidence is high.
4. It all catches up to you and a losing streak starts.
5. Wheels fall off, start gripping stick. Coaches start yelling, grip tighter.
6. Afraid to make mistakes. Get rid of the puck shortly after it hits your stick OR keep it on your stick because your afraid of making a bad pass. (Result in both cases are massive give aways).
7. Coaches flip out more. Grip stick tighter, ratchet up fear, go to step 6 UNTIL you hit bottom, realize it is a game and play YOUR OWN game and play to YOUR OWN strengths, don't over do it and don't under do it.
8. Endless spiral stops, and your back where you should be.
The problem with this team isn't effort, it is fear of failure. They are too worried about failing. Some are trying to do too much which results in failure, and others are doing too little again because they are worried about failure.
Remember AV a few years back when in a press conference where you thought a normal person would blow up he got into a giggling fit ? When is the last time you saw AV cool and relaxed, laughing and calm ?
I am not a huge AV fan, but he probably realizes there is a rampant case of loss of confidence on this team. If anything, the team probably need a distraction. Have some fun. A road trip or anything. The all star break will probably help too. But AVs constant line juggling probably isn't helping matters.