It's going to be a long six weeks without playoff hockey in this province and here's something that will make it seem even longer, the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports.

? Mike Gillis should be com-mended for his commitment to up tempo, attacking hockey but, whatever style the Canucks play next season, they have to change their makeup if they want to challenge for the Stanley Cup.

The Canucks' lack of size and grit was again exposed against the L.A. Kings, just as it's been exposed in each of the team's last four playoff losses. Gillis has had ample time to address this problem and he finally got around to it at the trade dead-line with the acquisition of Zack Kassian.