Many Vancouver Canucks fans have already accepted that the upcoming season might be (once again) marred by a bad record.
It appears Vancouver's management has the same idea. The team is saving up a plethora of events and celebrations for its 50th anniversary season in 2019–20.
Obviously, the Canucks will be celebrating a milestone during that campaign so it should be no surprise that the club is lining up some special events.
But it also shows that the team has an inkling that this upcoming season will be a little bit rough.
Starting with the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which will occur at Rogers Arena, the Canucks are saving pretty much everything for 2019–20. That may include a new sweater reveal (which definitely won’t get skewered on social media), as well as the return of the skate jersey, new seats in Rogers Arena and the Sedin twins’ jersey retirement (an almost unheard of move to delay the celebration a year is reportedly in the works).
Plus, Canucks fans might not get to see star prospect Quinn Hughes suit up until then. In any case, it’ll definitely be his first full year in Vancouver.
Recently, Canucks GM Jim Benning and management have declined to provide a timeline on when the team will be competitive (after alluding numerous times in the past that it wouldn’t take very long).
Is it possible that the team is eyeing the 2019–20 season as a marker of when it can finally be respectable once again?
It is. Whether or not that’s actually plausible is another conversation entirely. If a majority of the highly touted prospects in the system prove they can hack it at the NHL level over the course of the next two years, it very well may happen.
What’s clear is that the team isn’t expecting much this upcoming season.
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