Entering the League in the 1970s, the team struggled in its early years, not making the playoffs for several seasons. They would gain ground in the 80s, but never finished off a season with a championship under their belt. The 90s would be an up-and-down time before finally starting to turn it around in the 00s.
No, that’s not about the Vancouver Canucks. It’s about the Seattle Seahawks. Interesting how their history has similar parallels, isn’t it?
I originally started thinking about this when trying to explain the Canucks to my mom last year, who is a big Seahawks fan (everything I know about them, I learned from her.) At one point, pre-Schneider trade, I compared Luongo to Matt Hasselbeck. (Another parallel, neither Luongo nor Hasselbeck are with either of their teams anymore. That’s where the differences obviously end now. Although it’s quite easy to imagine a different Seahawks history where a combination of Hasselback/Charlie Whitehurst duked it out for a couple of years before both being gone and Russell Wilson entering. That would make this comparison even more fun, doncha think?)
In the 2012-2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks chose to place their confidence in rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. He took them to the playoffs though they didn’t get to dance in the Superbowl, losing in the Divisional Round. And, in case you’ve been living under a rock, on February 2, 2014, Seattle won their first SuperBowl Championship, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8.
What does this have to do with the Vancouver Canucks, you may ask? Let’s see. A rookie goaltender. A playoff run that didn’t “quite” make it a handful of years ago. And the odds against them. Sure, the Colorado Avalanche have stolen the Seahawks “Why not us?” this year and hell, I think we all see the writing on the wall for this team for this year. It would take a miracle to get into the playoffs.
But don’t be so quick to demand to “fire everyone.” Pete Carroll took over as coach from Mike Homgren in 2010 for the Seahawks. In a backwards action, the Seahawks used Carroll to decide who the new GM would be. Do the Canucks need a new GM? Absolutely. Do they also need a new coach? Maybe, but personally I would like to see what Tortorella can do with a different GM with our roster.
Moral of the story and this trip down what-ifs… Don’t give up on this team quite yet. I have a feeling they’re going to surprise us all in the near future. There’s been a lot of talk of doors and windows closing for the Canucks. They said the same after the 2005 SuperBowl for the Seattle Seahawks. It was going to be their one chance and would be decades before they had another.
I don’t know if Eddie Lack has Russell Wilson Superstardom – if he can turn a franchise around – but I’m ready to put my faith in him. I hope you are, too.