vic wrote:His inability to have the team ready to face CHI three years ago, not seeing an exact repeat brewing after game 3 of the SCF of team meltdowns after experiencing it 3 years in a row against CHI only lucky to get out that year against the Hawks and then last year admitting after the loss to LA he wasn't prepared (thinking Daniel would be back and not making alt arrangements just in case)
It's not one game it's 3+ years of being out-coached only to be bailed out by the talent on the ice.
He's a good coach, has done great things for the team, but he's taken them as far as he can, time for a new voice to put them over the top.
I think the Lou situation in Boston for game 6 was a point where Gillis needed to take a hard look at Vigneault's approach.
Lou had indeed shit the bed in previous big games against Chicago. In fact he'd been shelled big time in deciding game 6's and then gave up some bad goals in Chicago again in the opening round of 2011. His track record is actually pretty poor on the road against (some) teams that have hammered him in important games when playing them again in the same building. Vigneault should have put Schneider in for game 6 in Boston. If it is about the win and the Cup then the whole team, including Lou, understands that move. I do not disagree with his choice to start Luongo in game 7 against Boston as he had been lights out for the first 3 home games of that series and was brilliant in game 7 against Chicago at home in the opening round. That being said, Lou should have been pulled after the 2nd goal. Even if it was just a reprieve until the end of the period to give the team a kick in the ass.
So 2 years in a row where the team was killed by the Blackhawks, then some difficulty in the opening round.....although the rumors flew that it was due to the flu. Then trouble against Boston and unable to get the team to adjust and expose the holes in the Bruin's defensive setup. Then totally unprepared for LA and unable to get the team to adjust to pretty much the exact same gameplan that Boston employed the year before. I don't think the entire gameplan needed to change, but the team had to show a different look now and again if only to keep the opponent guessing.
Now we are still seeing a team that seems to have "motivational issues" for lack of a better word. Vigneault has indeed done some very good things for the Canucks, but I think he's taken them as far as he is going to. Team's are shutting the offense down to easily.....and I'm not just basing it off of this game. The Canucks killed themselves, Detroit is not a defensively frightening team. In fact I consider them to be a team that is starting to show some age and boasts very little ini the way of physical presence outside of Kronwall's occassional hit.....and the Canucks couldn't even get up for this. Kassian and Weise were the only ones even trying to play a physical game.