Ted Williams homered in his final at-bat at Fenway Park, Kobe Bryant accomplished something similar decades later in his final inside Staples Center, and last but not least, the Sedin twins, Henrick and Daniel, combined for a historic night inside Rogers Arena last Thursday, April 5th.
The Sedins have given everything to Vancouver. It’s still shocking how Brian Burke, then Canucks’ GM, was able to use his two Top 5 picks in the 1999 NHL draft to acquire the twins. This is something that would be a near-impossible task for a GM to pull off today.
Canucks fans, myself included, shouldn’t feel heartbroken, though. They did everything possible to win a Cup, showing physical toughness and very little emotion, throughout their tenure.
The 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Boston brings some of the best and worst memories of the Sedin era. Like, what did Boston have in that Final that Vancouver didn’t? Is it a simple answer of the Canucks, not having any energy left? Even Vancouver’s wins were by one goal, and it always felt like Roberto Luongo needed to allow just one or fewer in Game 7 for Vancouver to win.
Out of all the points the twins scored in 2011, which was 196, why couldn’t a few more of them come against Boston? It’s unfortunate because if you have a franchise player of Sedin’s caliber, you would think it’d be impossible for Vancouver to mess up.
Moreover, it’s really to try to pinpoint a team that has had this much talent from 2000-2015 and not win a Cup. Of course, the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs come to mind, especially when Mats Sundin was a Leaf, but generally speaking, talented teams with multiple cornerstones win a Cup.
The good news is that there wasn’t really an alternative for Vancouver. The 1999 NHL Draft has turned out weak, and the Canucks seem like they will never be able to win the lottery again to land the next Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid.
In a way, the Sedin twins’ farewell tour resembles a high school convocation ceremony. The twins have to move on in life for the Canucks to be good again, just like high school seniors have to move on in life to succeed as adults.
All in all, it felt good to have Rogers Arena loud again. The twins deserved it. To be honest, the Canucks need to use this formula to build their next heartwarming team. It started when they traded up to get Bo Horvat, and for the Canucks to make the playoffs again in the near future, they might need to trade up one more time.