Crap happens and if you ask Ryan Kesler it’s every time someone dismisses the Canucks.

There’s a few more of those this year. Get humiliated in the first round in consecutive seasons and you tend to attract some skepticism.

Some even think the Canucks are no longer Stanley Cup contenders. The gall. That concept amidst all the good vibes at training camp is all it took to trigger Angry Kes.

“To be honest I don’t listen to that s**t” he declared.

“That’s what it is. It’s s**t.

“We believe in ourselves in the dressing room.”

Of course they do. It’s training camp and it’s a place as hopeful as the first day at a new job. Anything seems possible.

Well anything but the Canucks effectively filling their holes at centre.

Manny Malhotra’s eye was smashed on March 16 2011. In the 2 1/2 years since the Canucks have tried young centres (Jordan Schroeder Cody Hodgson) old centres (Sami Pahlsson) skilled centres (Derek Roy) and pest centres (Max Lapierre).

At its worst the situation has looked nearly pathetic. At its very best it’s been nearly adequate. Really it’s been a bigger mess than the goalies. Just a whole lot less dramatic.

And after all this time the Canucks still don’t have the answer. They believe — hope — it could begin to change this preseason.

If it doesn’t bank on hearing from those crappy skeptics who this year will not be distracted by the Vancouver goalie troupe and all its drama.

As much as Kesler is the Canucks most-important player their third-line centre is the biggest X-factor.

Brad Richardson was the thrift-shop acquisition who sits for now next in line to carry the torch passed on by all those failing hands. The Canucks courted him then signed him to a two-year $2.3 million contract.