from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, ...The Canucks are the only team from this side of the border with an actual opportunity to capture the NHL championship.
That’s an upgrade in national reality, if not necessarily roster strength.
The Canucks, you may recall, fell 60 minutes short of hoisting the Cup in June, a setback that is still being explained and analyzed out on the West Coast.
What most of the hockey world saw as a team that self-destructed through an inability to play decent hockey away from British Columbia in the Cup final, through wildly erratic netminding from Roberto Luongo and through a fatal flaw of having too many divers and not enough referees willing to buy that nonsense was, sadly, attributed solely in many parts of Vancouver to the league allowing those mean old Boston Bruins to illegally manhandle the saintly Canucks.
It was an excuse, nothing more, but some bought it and some still do. What’s less clear is whether the Canucks themselves believe that fair...