Monday morning Bruce Boudreau ran his first morning skate as the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. He won’t be speaking with the media until late in the afternoon.
The players will say the right things as it relates to their last coach, Travis Green, getting fired. There will be a few who wanted the change and although they won’t openly admit it, they’ll allude to it. Based on the chatter and the energy on the ice, many of them are excited about the new look.
It’s quite possible a few of the players might “find their games.” Boudreau is a breath of fresh air regardless of who he replaces, and for everyone involved it’s a clean slate.
Canucks forward Tanner Pearson handled the lines that one always hears in this situation.
“It’s part of the business when things aren’t going well,” Pearson said. “It’s a results business, sometimes when things aren’t going well, changes are made.”
Followed by the natural transition to optimism.
“Bruce has a lot of positive energy and he wants to get the best out of his players,” Vancouver Canucks Captain Bo Horvat said. “He has a few new ideas and ways he thinks we can improve as a team, and I’m excited to get that going here tonight.
“Our team needed a spark and Bruce coming in and having positive energy and wanting us to do well and believing in our group, I think it brings us new life, but at the same time we have to go out and prove it now,” Horvat added. “It’s up to us, it’s always been up to us, we all have to be accountable in there and go out there and prove it.”
“We’re the ones on the ice doing the job, right?” Pearson added. “I think every guy in that room is ready to get going. We need to. Accountability has to be the key thing right now.”
Exactly the meaning of the statement, “now it’s up to the players.” There are no excuses, no one else to blame, and ruts should go out the window. It’s a fresh start.
“I want to win here,” Horvat stated. “I want to be a Canuck. I want to win here as a Canuck. It starts now.”
By the way, this little ditty came out and got swamped by all the very recent Vancouver Canucks news. Worth a glance, the discussion on chemistry and confidence, because the factors remain urgent regardless of who is coaching. The coaching change will undoubtedly give this element a boost.
The morning skate lines for the Canucks:
Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat, Nils Höglander
Jason Dickinson, JT Miller, Brock Boeser
Vasily Podkolzin, Elias Pettersson, Conor Garland
Tyler Motte, Juho Lammikko, Alex Chiasson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Tyler Myers
Quinn Hughes, Travis Hamonic
Luke Schenn, Tucker Poolman
Extras: Justin Dowling, Brad Hunt, Kyle Burroughs