Looks like an era is over…

Tonight’s game against the Rangers was a so-so effort for the locals, but at least they came out on top. Games against the eastern conference teams never seem to be wide open, end to end, exciting games like the games against teams like Colorado and Minnesota. Just the style of play in the east, I suppose.

But of course, the big news is that Dan Cloutier is having season-ending knee surgery. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel that this is the end of the Cloutier-era in Vancouver. Even Alex Auld admits that he’s not ready to be a full time starter in the NHL, and he’s right. The Canucks need to trade for a name goaltender who can lead the team into the playoffs, and hopefully, the Stanley Cup finals (incidentally, every twelve seasons, the Canucks make the finals. And, it’s twelve seasons since the last appearance in 1994 – here’s hoping for tradition).

Anyway, they need someone who can get the job done for a whole season, and no disrespect to Auld, but he’s just not the answer for a long season. Yet. He will be someday, but not now.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    I’ve been saying the Canucks need a new goalie for years. They haven’t had a real first class starter since McLean.

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