Fire Willie Desjardins and his coaching staff?

Sure. Go ahead and fire them.

But don’t kid yourself into thinking the Canucks became even a slightly better hockey club Tuesday morning than they were Monday before the axe fell on Desjardins and his two assistants, Perry Pearn and Doug Lidster (assistant coach Doug Jarvis was retained).

As a guy who had a front row seat to the Decade of Darkness that has finally lifted in Edmonton, here are the hard facts: The Canucks don’t have nearly enough legitimate NHL players, and forcing kids on to an NHL roster to “find out if they can play” is the worst possible solution.

At a news conference Monday, team president Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning took fans into the future at every opportunity, stressing that the pipeline is strong with plenty of talent on the way.