I believe because Wally is a winner that doesn’t accept losing, unlike those who think losing close games are acceptable. Here’s Wally’s quote in the Sun …
“We can make excuses if you want. Losing is losing. We could commend the effort and spirit but when you do that you accept being mediocre and I can’t accept that. We lost.”
Now compare that with Alain Vigneault’s quote in February, where he said he was happy going .500 in January with all the injuries the Canucks had, and its easy to see why Wally has had his success for so long while Vigneault is barely hanging on to see second stint as an NHL head coach.
Wally is a winner with a great career record. This is why we still have hope. He’s also way better as the underdog in the playoffs than when he’s the favorite.