Alain Vigneault might finally win a Stanley Cup, but not in Vancouver
It wasn't as bad as the Vancouver Canucks trading Cam Neely and a first-round draft pick (Glen Wesley) to the Boston Bruins for Barry Pedersen.
In some hockey fans' opinions, that was the most lopsided deal in NHL history.
Neely had three 50-goal seasons for the Bruins whereas the greatest output Pedersen ever managed in a Canucks uniform was 24 goals and 76 points in his debut year in Vancouver.
But the Canucks decision to hire former Rangers coach John Tortorella and fire Alain Vigneault, who ended up behind the Rangers bench, is not looking like the smartest move one year later.
As I watched the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in the Western Conference final, it dawned upon me how long it's been since the Canucks were even on the ice.
It was April 13 when they beat the Flames 5-1.
Vigneault's Rangers are already in the Stanley Cup final this year, having disposed of the Montreal Canadiens to win the Eastern Conference championship.
And if Vigneault leads his team to the Stanley Cup, you don't have to be a psychic to predict that this will lead to another round of Tortorella bashing on Vancouver websites.
For a taste of what might be on the horizon, check out the Bleacher Report's analysis by Adrian Dater.
He likened Tortorella's coaching of the Rangers to Humphrey Bogart's performance as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny.