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The Much Improved Western Conference

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Erik Karlsson trade reinforced the point with the subtlety of a sledge hammer but if you’re wondering about what the Canucks are facing in the Western Conference this season, consider the following.

Karlsson is now in San Jose, Ilya Kovalchuk is in L.A., and Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty have landed in Las Vegas. The two top teams in the West last season, Nashville and Winnipeg, didn’t do a lot. Then again, they didn’t have to.

Then there’s St. Louis. Last year the Blues missed the playoffs by one point. This season they’ve added Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and David Perron. They’ll also get Robbie Fabbri back from injury and have top prospects Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou pushing for work.

Colorado, you ask? They made the big leap forward last season with a good young team and they own Ottawa’s first-round pick next summer. With Karlsson out of the Sens’ lineup, that figures to be a top-five selection and might be Jack Hughes.

There were other developments, of course, but the larger point is inescapable. The Canucks have every right to be optimistic about their young players but, without the Sedins this season, they’ll be taking a butter knife into a gunfight.

If they get anywhere near last season’s 73 points, their campaign should be considered a success.

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What Direction Will The Vancouver Canucks Take?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Karlsson would seem to be part of this new, aggressive approach. This is the third occasion — Karlsson, Tavares, P.K. Subban — in which Benning has made noises about pursuing a marquee name, which likely plays well with ownership.

But it leaves the faithful to wonder what is the vision for this team. The Canucks lone strength is its prospect pool. It’s the only reason their fan base haven’t given up on this team.

So is the plan now to peel off three or four of those young assets to land a star? That’s the only way you’re going to land a Karlsson-type player and Benning knows that. He should also know making that kind of deal will further alienate a fan base whose patience has been worn to a nub.

It’s just the latest example of an organization which trips all over itself trying to tell its story.

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Brock Boeser Ready To Play His Game Again

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Brock Boeser is raring to go with the Vancouver Canucks after proclaiming himself healthy and showing no effects of a lower-back injury that ended his rookie season March 5.

"It was a long four months, so it feels really good to get back out there," the 21-year-old forward said Wednesday between games at Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4 summer league featuring players with connections to Minnesota. "I feel like I'm playing my game again. It's been a good summer since they cleared me."...

It was a breakout season, but one that could add pressure for a repeat, especially with the Canucks beginning a new era following the retirement of forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin after 17 seasons in the NHL.

"There's always pressure, at least you think there's pressure, but I try not to let pressure situations get the most of me," Boeser said. "I definitely exceeded my expectations [last season], so I think I can take that into [this season].

"I really can't get away from the style play that I play. I think I just need to go in there and hopefully be a better player than I was last year, make sure I come to the rink every day working hard and help make the team better."

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Afternoon Line- Ed Willes

Is there a hockey man out there with an established track record who would take a look at the latest mess and say, ‘Now there’s the organization for me.’

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Vancouver Canucks.

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Morning Line- Ed Willes

It’s just that we’ve seen this movie before and it usually doesn’t end well. For the last couple of years, it appeared ownership. Linden and Benning were aligned, that all believed in the plan. That, at least, was the public perception and to a large degree, they’d won over the Canucks’ fan base with their vision for the team. But things have changed again. Now, once more, it looks like the Canucks are in disarray.

Why is this the default position of this ownership group?

As for Linden, he now joins Dave Nonis, Mike Gillis, Laurence Gilman, Lorne Henning and others in the ranks of the disappeared, career hockey men who served this organization and left bitter and angry over their treatment by ownership. This is the pattern for this ownership group.

Sadly, it’s just not consistent with the manner in which successful franchises conduct their business.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks.

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Dreaming Of The Hughes Brothers In Vancouver

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While Quinn went seventh overall to the Canucks, Jack is, as we speak, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Sedins, the best brothers tandem ever to play together in the NHL have retired. The Canucks are expected to finish within trading distance of the No. 1 spot in the draft.If lightning struck once, why not again?...

There is symmetry here, even if much of it exists in the dreamy world inhabited by Canucks fans. They had the Sedins, through Burke’s chicanery at the 1999 draft.

Why not the Hughes brothers as well?

The two combined for a game-winning goal late in a game against Canada early in this Showcase, with Jack setting up Quinn. They have rarely played on the same team in their lives, though there still exists some ‘Sedinery’ between them.

“I think there’s a connection there,” said Team USA coach Mike Hastings. “They both know that the other one is a pretty good player.”

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Video- Quinn Hughes In Action

3 assists for the day.

 

 

Ryan Biech has more highlights in his Twitter feed of today's game.

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Another Year Of College Hockey For Quinn Hughes

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Report- Dean Lombardi May End Up In Vancouver

Makes sense.

 

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Why Is Trevor Linden Out In Vancouver?

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Trevor Linden is out as president of the Vancouver Canucks, the NHL team announced Wednesday.

The Canucks say Linden will pursue “different endeavours,” four years after taking over as team president.

Reports on Wednesday evening suggest that there had been a falling out between Linden and ownership over the future direction of the team.

“The move is believed to be part of a buildup of growing frustration between Linden and this team’s ownership over the direction of how to continue this team’s rebuild,” TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported.

Linden met with ownership in recent days and pointed to how several other teams had conducted their rebuilds. That vision was rejected, apparently.

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from Iain MacIntyrel of Sportsnet,

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