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Big changes may await the Vancouver Canucks this summer.
It's impossible to paint the Vancouver Canucks' 2013 playoffs as anything other than a complete disappointment.
They couldn't score. They couldn't defend. Their special teams were horrible. They were undisciplined. And the goaltending saga became more of a circus than ever—which didn't even seem possible.
The Canucks had chances to make good things happen, but couldn't guide even one game all the way to a "W." For that, they're looking at another long summer.
After losing to the Los Angeles Kings last year—then seeing that team roll on to win the Stanley Cup—there was some comfort in the idea that the Canucks were a good team that got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. As history repeats itself one year later, the sad truth looks a lot clearer. The current Canucks team is not good enough.
After their drubbing in Game 3, speculation began about changes that the Canucks could face. At this point, change is absolutely necessary, whether it's at a management, coaching or player personnel level. The magic of 2011 is gone.
With the easy availability of playoff tickets in Vancouver and the general apathy toward the team around town this spring, they've already lost the fans.
The Vancouver Canucks need to forge a new identity if they hope to recreate the excitement—and the winning atmosphere—that they enjoyed a couple of years ago.
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