He returned forcefully to the NHL last season for the first time since 2000. He leaped onto the Vancouver scene. He played no favourites. He benched starters right off the hop. He made his players earn their playing time.
And in so doing, he got a team to buy in to a cultural change that showed he had learned plenty since being fired from the Montreal Canadiens.
He deserves it. This team has the best work ethic of any Canucks team I’ve watched in a long time. Now, if they can just obtain a little more talent up front, they’ll be in good shape.
Oh, yeah, and Calgary: good luck with that wingnut.