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Thinking Like A Coach

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Few NHL teams in recent memory will put the copycat coaching theory to the test like the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike Sullivan’s group won the Stanley Cup with a north-south approach that used speed and stretch passes and generated oodles of shot attempts, catering to “analytics hockey,” and it thus may have broken a barrier. More and more teams may try to win with the possession game, and that will be drilled into new coaching recruits from the ground up.

“As a coach you have to be careful,” said Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, “because it’s one thing to run a system with one team, and then all of a sudden you have different personnel, and the system won’t work with different personnel. You always have to adjust what you’re doing to your personnel. Just because it’s worked for one team it doesn’t mean that system will work for you.”

It’s an interesting debate, and it’s one aspiring coaches might strike up with Desjardins at the 2016 TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference. He’ll appear there as a speaker when the conference comes to Toronto July 15 and 16. San Jose Sharks assistant Steve Spott and hockey journalism maven Bob McKenzie, former Hockey News editor in chief, will join Desjardins along with many other prominent names in the industry....

“Most coaches have always had an analytical mind,” Desjardins said. “When I was in Japan, I had what I called ‘success factors.’ It was, ‘If we do these things, we’ll win.’ And that was kind of an early sign of analytics, where you find something, and there’s a correlation between that and your success. The key is what you measure and then accurately measuring it.”


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The Vancouver Canucks Should Have Kept Dan Hamhuis

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks’ lack of interest in re-signing Hamhuis ranks as one of the more peculiar decisions of the Trevor Linden-Jim Benning era. But they were spot on when they traded Kevin Bieksa, so maybe they’ll be proven right again. Until then, here are the five reasons the Canucks will regret letting Hamhuis go:

1. He’s still really good.

This is all you need to know about Hamhuis: He was the Canucks’ second-best defenceman. The team averaged 4.25 more shot attempts per hour when he was on the ice at even strength compared with when he wasn’t. No Vancouver defenceman averaged more.

Oh, and with Hamhuis, the Canucks’ opponents averaged 3.89 fewer shot attempts per hour. That was good enough to finish second in shot suppression to Chris Tanev. This was good.

The team went from an average defensive team when he first got hurt in early December to one of the worst in the league.

There is no getting around this fact. The Canucks’ defence right now would be better with Hamhuis signed.


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Canucks Shooting For The Playoffs

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks signed one of the top free agents this weekend and he is about to turn 31.

They recently traded a young, promising, goal-scoring prospect along with a really good draft pick for a youngish veteran defenceman.

They’ve recoiled at the idea of selling high on 30-year-old Jannik Hansen, who is coming off a career year he likely won’t repeat.

Then there is 35-year-old goaltender Ryan Miller — earning an average of $6 million per season — who, at best, will be in a job share this season. They’re keeping him too.

The Canucks are going for it. The playoffs, that is.

Any confusion which lingered after the front office addressed the media following the season with mixed messages has been cleared up this off-season. It’s one the Canucks have spent making the types of moves most attribute to contenders.


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Loui Eriksson A Good Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Loui Eriksson is signed for at least a year longer than any team should be comfortable with, maybe two.

He will turn 31 in a couple of weeks and is coming to a team which is supposed to be getting younger and faster.

Eriksson will do nothing to help the Canucks achieve either of these goals.

He will, however, make the Canucks better. Instantly....

He’s not a perfect fit for the twins. He shoots left and it’s the right shot forwards who have had the most success with the Sedins.

But he’s worked with them before, really well, in international play. He’ll work the boards. He’ll jam into corners. He’ll get to the front of the net....

It’s why he could be a better bet to be playing well and healthy in four years than Milan Lucic, even though he’s three years older.

Eriksson would have been the Canucks second choice if Lucic had any interest at all in this team. He didn’t.

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Not A Bad Thing For The Vancouver Canucks If Milan Lucic Does Sign With Edmonton

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To sum up, the Oilers, who are in desperate need of top-tier defencemen and have one of the best young left wingers in hockey, are preparing a massive contract offer for Milan Lucic.

Only in Edmonton.

Just imagine the outrage locally if this was a Jim Benning joint.

If the Oilers end up signing Lucic, and a few in Edmonton think it’s a virtual fait accompli, and it ends up a six-year commitment and squeezes out one of their good young forwards, Vancouver may feel just fine about being among the bridesmaids, yet again.

The Canucks have earned a reputation for finishing second this decade. Remember them chasing Shane Doan, Justin Schutz, Drake Caggiula and the Stanley Cup?

Missing out on a 28-year-old, hard-playing power forward who is asking to be signed well into his 30s would not be the worst thing to happen to the Canucks this off-season.


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Vancouver Canucks Fined $50K For ‘Tampering’

NEW YORK (June 28, 2016) – The Vancouver Canucks organization has been fined $50,000 for violating NHL By-Law 15, the National Hockey League announced today.

“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future,” the Deputy Commissioner added.

The League will have no further comment on the matter.

added 1:10pm, Jim Benning statement below...

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King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin is this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.”

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Glen Gulutzan Could Be Introduced As Calgary’s New Coach Today

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The man who currently employs Glen Gulutzan has little to gain by raving about his prized assistant.

But that’s how highly Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins thinks about the man who could be announced as the next Calgary Flames coach as early as Friday.

“I have a lot of respect for him and confidence in him,” said Desjardins when asked about the 44-year-old Gulutzan, who has been one of his right-hand men the last two years.

“He’s smart, he’s structured, he works hard and he more than does his job. He’s been real good for us. I like a lot of things about him.”

Desjardins might not like the idea of facing a Gulutzan-coached team on the other side of the Rockies, but as a friend he’d certainly understand.

“I knew what he was like when I worked for him and I just think he’s a guy you can trust,” said Desjardins, who was an assistant in Dallas while Gulutzan coached the Stars.

“He’s really thorough and he’s won at a number of levels and that’s always a good sign.”


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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 


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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.



added 9:17pm, TSN confirms....

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