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It Would Be Hard Trading The Sedins

from Jeff Paterson of the Vancouver Province,

For those who believe the Vancouver Canucks will peddle Daniel and Henrik Sedin ahead of next year’s trade deadline, I hope you’re watching the National Hockey League playoffs closely. While there is a certain romanticism to the notion of giving the twins the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup one more — and quite likely one final — time, please take a moment to consider this: now more than ever, the NHL post-season is a young man’s game, and the numbers back that up.

Heading into the weekend, only one of the top 36 scorers in these playoffs is over the age of 32. Washington’s Justin Williams, getting long in the tooth at 35 and with nine points to his credit, is the only player over 32 still skating this spring who has managed to generate offence with any kind of regularity.

So find me the NHL general manager out there who thinks a pair of soon to be 37-year-olds is what his team is missing to get it over the hump. Better yet, show me the NHL owner in a hurry to sign off on the suggestion of parting with draft picks or prospects to acquire those same veterans who by next spring will be seven full years removed from any kind of playoff success.


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The Rebuild Is Underway In Vancouver

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

It’s a term the Canucks have shied away from the past two playoff-less seasons. These days, “rebuild” goes hand-in-hand with “tanking,” which is something the Canucks don’t believe they need to do for their fortunes to turn around. It’s not an option as the Sedin twins come to the end of their careers.

“I don’t know how I walk into the room and tell these guys, ‘Strip it down.’ I’m not sure it’s fair to these guys. There’s different circumstances, be it in Toronto or Carolina or Vancouver, that require different routes. It’s not perfect, but I’m encouraged by the young players we’ve introduced, and we’ve got some young prospects,” Linden told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox in a wide-ranging interview from December 2016.

But after finishing as one of the NHL’s bottom three teams for the second year in a row, leading to the hiring of rookie NHL head coach Travis Green this week, Linden finally admitted this is, indeed, a rebuild.


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It’s Official In Vancouver - Travis Green Is The New Head Coach

VANCOUVER, B.C., - Vancouver Canucks General Manger Jim Benning announced today that the team has named Travis Green as Head Coach. Green becomes the 19th Head Coach in Canucks history after being promoted from his role as Head Coach of the club's AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.

"Travis is a talented Head Coach who's played a key role in the development of our young players through four seasons with the Comets," said Benning. "He has an intense desire to win and build a team identity that is hardworking, responsible on both ends of the ice and competitive. He has an excellent understanding of where we are as an organization and we're confident in his ability to help build our team and develop a winning culture. We're pleased to welcome Travis and his family and truly excited about the future." 

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Travis Green Close To Being Named Head Coach In Vancouver

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Losing Nikita Tryamkin Will Hurt The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

For a rebuilding team with chronic blue-line issues, Nikita Tryamkin seemed like the hockey gods’ gift to the Vancouver Canucks.

A 6-foot-7 physical marvel who skates like Kurt Browning, the 22-year-old Russian was an unfinished product, but his upside was immense. In two years he projected as a top-four D-man. Beyond that, it’s conceivable he could have been a top-pairing guy and maybe, just maybe, that No. 1 who’s eluded the Canucks over five decades.

Off all the Canucks’ prospects, Tryamkin was the most intriguing talent with the highest ceiling, which is why his decision to bolt for the KHL is a kick in the groin to the organization. More than anyone, Trevor Linden knows this, and while he disputes the circumstances under which Tryamkin left, the Canucks’ president is acutely aware of what he lost.

“He has the potential to be a top-pairing guy and a real difference-maker,” Linden said. “It’s disappointing, obviously. But we just assume everyone wants to live in North America and play in the NHL, and that’s not the case.”

Linden, like everyone with the Canucks, is dealing with the fallout of Tryamkin’s fateful decision and its wider implications. It will impact the expansion draft and its aftermath. It will impact their draft-day decisions.


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The Slow Turnaround In Vancouver

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks’ future has never been brighter.

If a core of 18-goal scorers and No. 4 defencemen can win a Stanley Cup, they’re all set.

On the same day the Canucks fired the coach who developed their best young players, Canucks president Trevor Linden said this was the day he was more optimistic than at any time since he took the job.

Well, that makes one of us.

The Canucks are in the process of rebranding themselves and because of it are suffering from a credibility crisis.

Three years ago, the city was promised a quick turnaround for a team that would play an “up-tempo, fast skating, skilled game.” We are so far away from that type of team, the Canucks would have a better chance using a telescope to spot an orange in a crater on the moon than playing that way.

To be fair, Linden has always been more cautious with his words than GM Jim Benning, but that’s part of the problem. They’re essentially co-general managers and too often their messages have not synched.


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It’s That Time Of Year, Willie Desjardins Gone In Vancouver


added 12:54pm,

VANCOUVER, B.C., - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Willie Desjardins was relieved of his duties as head coach, along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

"We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today," said Benning. "It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success."

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Afternoon Line- Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams On Trevor Linden

"You know, Linden was loved by all the fans in the Lower Mainland and in British Columbia, but he’s the worst guy you could have running the Vancouver Canucks. He’s had no experience, and to throw him into that job that was a bad decision by the ownership group and it’s still a bad decision. If the ownership group, if they don’t know what they’re doing either, they’re hiring the wrong people, then you’ve really got an issue. And I think they’ve really got an issue.

"They've got a great coach, they've got great assistant coaches, they got good scouts, but their leadership at the top is zero."   

-Dave 'Tiger' Williams regarding Trevor Linden.  TSN has more...

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The NHL Heads To China

BEIJING (March 30, 2017) – At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing, where today’s announcement was made. 

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Video- Jack Skille Injured After Hit By Charlie Coyle

Skille was in pain for a few minutes and needed help off the ice.

Looks like a left ankle injury to me.


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