Is It Time to Hit the Panic Button on the Canucks?

A look into the Canucks recent four game losing streak
Elias Lindholm fighting Jack Johnson on February 20th
Elias Lindholm fighting Jack Johnson on February 20th
Ron Chenoy

After a dismal start last year, which led to the firing of Bruce Boudreau, the Vancouver Canucks have shown promise this year. Under the leadership of Rick Tocchet, they have soared to first place in the standings. However, a recent four-game losing streak has created concerns among the fanbase.

Quinn Hughes taking a shot on Alexander Georgiev. (Ron Chenoy)

Under Tocchet’s guidance, the Canucks had a significant turnaround in their performance. They displayed a strong offense and defensive stability that propelled them to the top of the league. This newfound success had fans hopeful for a deep playoff run, but a recent string of losses has raised doubts about the team’s ability to maintain their early-season form. 

Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet and assistant coach Mike Yeo discussing strategy. (John Froschauer )

One of the primary reasons for the recent struggles has been the team’s inconsistency in key areas. The once-potent offense has sputtered, struggling to find the back of the net, while defensive lapses have left goaltenders exposed. Also, the once-feared Canucks powerplay has become a source of frustration, failing to capitalize on crucial opportunities. 

In the post-game press conference after the Canucks loss against Seattle, Tocchet highlighted the demanding NHL season and acknowledged that while some Canucks players gave their all, others faced challenges in the team’s recent 5-2 loss. He said there were “a lot of no shows.”

Rick Tocchet after 5-2 loss to the Seattle Kraken.


Fans are growing impatient as memories of past disappointments resurface, particularly from the 2011 season. Social media is flooded with calls for changes, lineup adjustments, and trade suggestions, prompting the question: Is it time to hit the panic button?

Elias Lindholm retrieving the puck after a Jared McCann shot. (John Froschauer )


While the recent slump is undoubtedly a cause for concern, maintaining perspective is crucial. Every strong team encounters challenges and rough patches throughout the season, and the Canucks are no exception. Having played five games in the last eight days, coupled with key players like Dakota Joshua sidelined with a hand injury and Carson Soucy absent on the back end, the team has faced hurdles. Therefore, my message to Canucks fans and management alike is simple: resist the urge to hit the panic button.

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