This is Trevor Linden. I spend quite a few days every year in Medicine Hat where they take their hockey pretty seriously. Linden is one of a few (Lanny McDonald, Kelly Hrudey a few others) former Tigers who had a tremendous impact on the community but my suspicion is that he is the favorite son.
For that reason, I would be okay with the Canucks winning the Stanley this spring. The problem is they may not make the playoffs, as the back end of the Western conference is beginning to look like an AMC Gremlin (google images should help for the young).
In fact, the Canucks are so bad they can see the Oilers in their rear view mirror. If the Oilers win tonight, I think we can safely assume Kevin Lowe is at least partly a buyer and those rfa’s (Marc Pouliot to the Air Canada terminal!) might be shopped for short term gain (read: get us out of the lottery by G82).