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Florida/Vancouver Trade In The Works

Chris Johnston tweets,

Hearing the #canucks and #FlaPanthers are closing in on a trade. Believe prospect Jared McCann is part of it. Working on full details.

No salary retained on Erik Gudbranson in the trade to Vancouver.

 

 

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“Speed And Skill” In The Conference Finals

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

- The NHL semifinals have yet to be resolved but, after a decade in which the forces of speed and skill battled the game's dark side, hockey fans should be encouraged by what they've seen thus far.

Three of the teams still alive in the Stanley Cup tournament are built largely around hockey's more enlightened pursuits. Even St. Louis has those elements in its game. Pittsburgh, Tampa and San Jose, meanwhile, all play an uptempo, attacking style and that's significant because the NHL is a copycat league which enthusiastically mimics any team that has success.

In 2011 and 2012, that was the bigger, heavier Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. This year speed and skill is the prevailing trend.

- On a related note, in 2011 the Canucks beat a Sharks' team in the Western final which featured Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Five seasons later, the Sharks are back in the final four with the same core group and Brent Burns while the Canucks haven't won a playoff series since.

What happened?

Well, the emergence of Burns as a Norris Trophy-calibre defenceman at age 30 was the key development for the Fish, but their success has also been the result of small improvements throughout their lineup. Few outside San Jose had heard of Joonas Donskoi, Melker Karlsson or Chris Tierney before these playoffs, but they've made a huge impact in the bottom six. North Van's Marty Jones was brought in to replace Antti Niemi in goal and he's been an upgrade. New West's Brenden Dillon was acquired for Jason Demers and he's added snarl to the back end.

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Trevor Linden Taking A Pat Quinn Hockey Card With Him To The NHL Draft

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Kalli Quinn says she was surprised when she first heard the request but, the more she thought about it, the more she thought, yes, this is perfect.

She knew how her father, Pat Quinn, felt about Trevor Linden, and she knew how Trevor Linden felt about her father. She remembered back in June of ’88 when Quinn, who was just starting his second year as the Canucks’ general manager, stepped up to the podium at the Forum in Montreal and announced the Canucks were pleased to select Linden — “a proud Westerner” — with their first-round draft pick. And she remembered how that day changed so many things for the Canucks, her dad and Linden.

So when Linden, now the Canucks’ president, called recently and asked Quinn’s daughter for something to take to the NHL draft lottery in Toronto, she rummaged around her memory drawer and came up with the perfect memento. On Saturday, when a large part of the Canucks’ future is being determined by the whims of the ping-pong balls, Linden will be carrying the 1970-71 playing card of Pat Quinn in a Canucks uniform.

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The Vancouver Canucks If They Hit The Lottery

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To win the lottery would dramatically alter the Canucks’ course. They haven’t had that kind of sure-thing draft pick since Trevor Linden in 1988. But Matthews can be better than Linden. He can actually be Mike Modano.

And it would change everything. It would cut through the black cloud which has so often enveloped the franchise.

It would give hope to the hopeless, life to the most miserable, and provide the franchise an opportunity to have an alternate ending, one that doesn’t include the usual collective palm to the forehead.

Matthews would be given every chance to be Vancouver royalty, and be the hero.

The city isn’t looking for much. Just one ring to change everything.

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The Future Plans For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

With 11 pending free agents and a couple of key veterans facing possible buyouts, the Vancouver Canucks have a pile of decisions to make. And they weren’t sharing any of them at a season-ending press conference on Tuesday.

There was little news from head coach Willie Desjardins and general manager Jim Benning, who said the important personnel decisions haven’t really been discussed yet and nothing with be decided for at least the next few weeks.

Benning did say the National Hockey League team’s draft strategy has changed with the Canucks’ 28th-place finish, their worst since 1999, and that if the Canucks pick in the top three they will take the best player available and that that player should be in the NHL next season.

Benning also said the team hopes to have elite prospect Thatcher Demko, the goalie selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, signed this spring. But another outstanding draft pick, 2015 first-round Brock Boeser, will return to the University of North Dakota for his sophomore season.

Benning and Desjardins reiterated the goal for next season, as always, will be to make the playoffs.

Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden, who held a less formal press conference after Desjardins and Benning met the media, said: “We’ve always said we want to make the playoffs, want to be competitive. But we’ve never taken our eye off the future. We’ve never mortgaged the future to make the playoffs and we’re not going to do that now.

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Changes Coming In The Front Office Of the Vancouver Canucks?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

During Saturday night's season finale, a long-time hockey man familiar with the Canucks' inner workings was asked about the rumours involving a shakeup of the Canucks' front office.

"You know one thing," he said. "After this season, it won't be the status quo."

The Canucks, both publicly and privately, insist there' nothing to the story that George McPhee will be moved into a position between president Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning. The organization also says Willie Desjardins' job is secure.

That leaves ownership, and let's just say the Canucks' recent history suggests the possibility of a dramatic move isn't exactly remote. We know Linden favours the status quo. Anything else raises huge questions about the autonomy of this management team.

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Video- Alexandre Burrows May Be Shopping For A New Team

via Sportsnet,

Alexandre Burrows talks about his future with the Vancouver Canucks and about the rebuild that will happen within the organization.

 

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It’s The Sedins Then Everyone Else

from Jeff Paterson at the Vancouver Province,

Can they both be 60-plus point players? Should fans brace for a decrease in their production? And what can the Canucks possibly accomplish if their scoring leaders are in the 50-point range?

The hope, obviously, is that a longer than expected summer will allow the Sedins to rest and heal whatever was holding Henrik back. People will point to the way they rebounded last season after similar struggles when they were overused by John Tortorella. But two years have gone by since then. That’s two more seasons of wear and tear on aging bodies trying to keep up in a league that is getting faster and younger while the Sedins are not. And as the Canucks learned the hard way this season, if they lose one Sedin, they effectively lose both.

When healthy, the twins can still produce magic. That’s not up for any kind of debate. It was there for all to see for a few months in the early part of the schedule.

This second-half tailspin begs the question whether they can come back in the fall and perform at the highest level and do so for an 82-game schedule. Injuries and the drastic drop-offs they produced in two of the last three seasons simply can’t be ignored at this stage of their careers.

Remember, too, that the Sedins will return to town after representing Sweden in the World Cup, where they’ll be forced to battle the best players on the planet. Perhaps that will serve as a springboard into next season, but it may also grind them down before they play another game for the Canucks. That’s something this team can’t afford.

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Two Ways To Look At The Recent Winning Streak Of The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After watching the Vancouver Canucks stumble and bumble their way through the first 76 games of the season, we now find a team that's beaten San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles in consecutive contests.

Huh?

This prompts more than a few questions — most of which concern the Canucks' sense of timing and the NHL draft lottery.

But in a season which has been largely devoid of positive news, there's one query which seems especially relevant to the faithful and their team, namely: Does this run mean anything or are the Canucks watching Auston Matthews disappear in their rearview mirror for no good reason?

"(The Canucks' young players) are getting experience in games and hopefully next year we'll be in games that matter," said Jannik Hansen. "They've stood in the situation where all of a sudden you have to defend against the other team's top lines.

"You can't get that experience any other way."

That's one point of view. Here's another.

"I think we have to be really careful to evaluate our team based on the last five, 10 games of the season," said Henrik Sedin. "I've seen that mistake from other teams. You go into next year thinking you've got a good shot at it. We've got to remember we're playing teams getting ready for the playoffs and I don't see them putting their full, full effort into it."

Kill joy.

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Video- Jake Virtanen Hit On Roman Polak

Jake Virtanen received a major for interference and a game misconduct.

 

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