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Patrik Allvin Is the New GM For The Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President, Hockey Operations, Jim Rutherford announced today that Patrik Allvin has been named the 12th General Manager in franchise history.  

"I am pleased to welcome Patrik and his family to Vancouver," said Rutherford. "Patrik and I worked together for seven years, and I believe he will be an excellent General Manager. He has won three Stanley Cups and has experience at all levels of hockey operations. He is intelligent, works hard, makes strong decisions and I believe he will help us build a winning team in Vancouver."  

"I am grateful and humbled for this opportunity and want to thank Jim and the Aquilini family for their belief in me," said Allvin. "Leading an NHL team in Canada is an honour and building a championship team in Vancouver is our goal. Jim has assembled a diverse and talented hockey operations group in Vancouver, and I look forward to working closely with all of them as we build a team that fans will be proud of and will ultimately compete again for a Stanley Cup."

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Emilie Castonguay Continues Her Journey

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Jim Rutherford promised to cast a wide and diversified hiring net. On Monday, the Vancouver Canucks ‘ president of hockey operations and interim general manager delivered by hiring Émilie Castonguay as the club’s assistant general manager.

Castonguay, who had a vision board to plot her preferred career destination and job description, becomes the first female AGM in team history and continues the hockey operations department re-shape after John Weisbrod and Chris Gear were fired last month.

“It’s a big day, a historic day, and it goes to show that women have a place in sports and in hockey,” Castonguay said during a Zoom conference call from Montreal. “Obviously, I’m starting as assistant general manager and we’ll see where that takes me. I’ve always had high aspirations in my career, and in life in general. I’ll start with this for now.

“I’ve had (a personal vision) board for over five or six years, and on it I had written a certain age and Vancouver beside it. I wanted to be in Vancouver at that point in my life and I didn’t know how I was going to get there — whether working as an agent or with the NHL — but I turn that age in about a month and a half. It’s pretty awesome that it worked out that way. 

“Vancouver was a no-brainer — a good, young team that is hungry to win. I’m just really happy to be part of the journey.”

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Covid Quarantine Circus

via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

It will be 15 days since Boeser last played — he tested positive Dec. 28 — and his run of five goals in a six-game span last month seems like so long ago. It’s why his body language and tone were noticeably different when the normally-upbeat winger addressed his quarantine quagmire.

“It wasn’t great,” he said. “Obviously, to quarantine five days (Anaheim) and to come back (Vancouver), there was a lot of miscommunication on what was agreed on and with what actually happened. I then quarantined another five days and they still wanted us to quarantine more.

“I know the other guys (Justin Dowling, Phil Di Giuseppe) are still stuck (in quarantine) until Wednesday and I feel really bad for them. It’s just a really crappy scenario.

“It’s just frustrating. We quarantined like we were supposed to. I’m not sure exactly who talked to the (federal) government and told us we got the OK to just quarantine another five days, so that’s 10 days. Now, the government made them (Dowling, Di Giuseppe) quarantine another 10 (on top of the original five), so that’s 15 days.

“That’s way too long, especially when quarantines have been reduced to five days for almost everyone. I don’t think that’s really great for them.

“We wouldn’t have flown back if we knew that situation was going to happen — we would have all stayed (in the U.S). I feel terrible for the guys who are still locked up. I know in other years, they (NHL) worked with the government and figured everything out, and now it’s confusing.”

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Winning Streak Hits Seven For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

While it is true that all National Hockey League games are worth two points, they are not all equal.

The points in the standings that the Vancouver Canucks banked with Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime road win against the Anaheim Ducks, though helpful, were not the most important thing the National Hockey League team carried away as it drove up Interstate 5 to play the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Forget about the facts the Canucks had lost six straight games over nearly five years in Anaheim, and that Ducks’ goalie John Gibson had owned them like Disney owns the theme-park tourist trade in Orange County.

Just three-and-a-half weeks ago, the Canucks were 8-15-2, which is why they fired head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning -- and their top lieutenants -- on the same night.

Wednesday was the team’s seventh straight win under new coach Bruce Boudreau, who tied an NHL record by starting his new job with a winning streak of that length. But it had been 13 days since the Canucks’ made it to 6-0, their holiday break extended by COVID-19 and five postponed games.

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What A Difference In Vancouver

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks skated off the ice this week down 3-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets after the first period, there was a fun-while-it-lasted feel about it.

That fun was the four-game winning streak the team had put together under new coach Bruce Boudreau, brought in as part of one of the most dramatic shakeups in team history. But the Canucks did something that evening that they didn’t seem capable of earlier in the season; they scored four goals over the next two periods, while keeping Columbus scoreless, to notch their fifth straight victory.

Boudreau, of course, was hired to replace Travis Green. But team owner Francesco Aquilini also persuaded Hall of Fame team builder Jim Rutherford to come in as team president and interim general manager, replacing Jim Benning who had been in the role for eight, mostly forgettable seasons.

While many have cited a losing effort against Pittsburgh on Dec. 4, when a fan threw a Canucks jersey on the ice, as the tipping point, Aquilini knew change was necessary. It’s likely grumblings inside the dressing room over the coach reached his ears. After the demoralizing loss to the Penguins, the team’s record hit 8-15-2 – that was enough.

The fact that Boudreau was announced the next day was all the evidence you needed that Aquilini had been thinking about this decision for some time and already had his new coach locked up. The night of the jersey toss, chants of “Fire Benning,” also rang out in Rogers Arena. The owner knew that the GM had to go as well, and so he decided to announce both firings the same day, even though he hadn’t yet reached a deal with Rutherford.

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Another Win For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Vancouver Canucks not only won their week, they swept it. Next week, the world!

Well, the world is pretty big and so, too, is the deep, dark hole the Canucks played themselves into while getting general manager Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green fired. But at least the players are finally moving back towards daylight and the vapour trails of the National Hockey League playoff race.

Sensational work by goalie Thatcher Demko and a one-handed shootout winner by Elias Pettersson gave Vancouver a 4-3 victory Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets and the Canucks’ longest winning streak of a season divided between the before and after of the Benning regime, which ended Sunday.

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Jim Rutherford May Be Headed To Vancouver

added 1:44pm,

 

 

added 2:15pm, Vancouver release is below.

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Looks Like Bruce Boudreau Will Be Coaching In Vancouver

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added 4:36am on 12/6/21, Vancouver press release is below.

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The Vancouver Canucks Boo’d At Home

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If the Vancouver Canucks jersey that landed on the ice in protest late Saturday night came attached with a note, hopefully the fan who disavowed their team would have explained: “It’s not you, Bo, it’s everyone.”

The jersey had captain Bo Horvat’s name on it, and it was scooped up from the ice at Rogers Arena quickly and respectfully by Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brian Dumoulin, who returned it over the glass where it was claimed by a fan still willing to wear Canuck colours.

There are still plenty of those. But many who kept their shirts on still booed the home team towards the end of 4-1 loss to the Penguins, who outshot Vancouver 44-23 and extinguished what little momentum the Canucks generated this week by finishing a road trip with wins in Montreal and Ottawa against teams that are even worse than they are.

The trend of fans throwing away their jerseys is horrifying to every National Hockey League team, and was evidence Saturday that the unrest in Canucks Nation spills beyond just general manager Jim Benning and owner Francesco Aquilini.

“Not a good one, obviously,” Canucks winger Tyler Motte said when asked about the feeling of being jeered at home. “(But) the only way to get past this is to get through it. We've . . . got to continue to look ourselves in the mirror and find a way to be better because we owe it to more people than just ourselves.”

Later, he added: “We heard the frustration from the fans tonight. And again, we look ourselves a mirror and find a way, because we do owe it to more people than just ourselves to put a better product together.”

Horvat, fed to the media more than any other player to explain the Canucks’ spectacular shortcomings this season, said simply: “Fans want wins, and we're not giving it to them.”

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More Of The Same From The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If their penalty killing doesn’t get the Vancouver Canucks, then Brad Marchand will. On Sunday, it was both. Only those two things.

Marchand, who has been bullying the Canucks since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, did it again on Sunday, piling on to Vancouver’s miserable start to the National Hockey League season by scoring the tying goal in the third period and then setting up the winner in the Bruins’ 3-2 victory.

Those two power-play goals in eight minutes made it six straight road losses for Vancouver and eight defeats in nine games.

Marchand was on another level. And so too, sadly, are the Canucks, whose 6-14-2 start is a point worse than Vancouver’s 22-game record from the infamous 1997-98 season of chaos when Mark Messier and Mike Keenan came in, Pat Quinn and Trevor Linden left and half the roster ended up being traded.

Twenty-four years later, the team has performed even worse but without any of the upheaval -- yet.

Jim Benning is still the Canucks’ general manager and Travis Green the coach, who nightly has to go out and explain to reporters how this team is supposed to turn things around when there is little chance Green will be part of any solution.

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