Canucks owner talks playoffs, tanking in latest live tweet session

Nino Niederreiter kept up his success with his new squad, scoring twice for the Hurricanes in a 5-2 win over the Canucks.

Back in November, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini decided he would pick a game against the Colorado Avalanche to be the first one he would live tweet from his personal account.

On Wednesday night, Aquilini was back at it, this time picking a Canucks matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes to give the Twitter app on his phone the workout.

However, unlike in November, where he mostly just showed off his Canucks fandom, on Wednesday night Aquilini broached a rather divisive topic for Vancouver fans: The post-season.

The observation Aquilini made is by no means factually false, but as he alluded to, this wasn’t supposed to be a season as competitive as it’s turned out to be for the Canucks and there are some in the fanbase who, after seeing how things have gone, might think the team could be buyers with the Feb. 25 trade deadline just around the corner.

Aquilini quelled these thoughts, however, saying that while he’s all in on playoffs, he doesn’t want it to be at the expense of his club’s future.

And on the flip side, there are also Vancouver fans who are upset that the team isn’t living up to its pre-season basement-dwelling billing and aren’t just trying to play for the most lottery balls possible.

Aquilini addressed this sentiment too, but expressed confusion over why anyone would want to see their team “tank,” citing the pride of NHL players as a reason why this is something that will never happen.

For those in favour of tanking, they should be happy as Vancouver fell 5-2 to Carolina on Wednesday, but seeing as Aquilini was talking playoffs, this definitely wasn’t the result he was looking for.

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