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Toronto Trades Travis Dermott To Vancouver

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Travis Hamonic To Ottawa

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Thatcher Demko’s First Meeting With Patrick Roy

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

“When I was in college, it’s something I did to keep myself in a good frame of mind during the game. I used to be pretty hard on myself. In between whistles, they played tunes and dancing kept it light for me,” Demko explained on the podcast.

However, Demko stopped cutting an icy rug once Roy ripped into him during an interview with the Colorado Avalanche at the 2014 combine.

“He f—–’ laid into me for this ‘Dancing Demko’ thing, man,” Demko said. “Patty Roy, man. I grew up idolizing this guy. I can’t wait to see what this guy is like. And the first thing that comes out of his mouth is: ‘What the f— is wrong with you?’ I was like, ah, this is not going how I would hope it would go. I’m just a young, scared kid.”

According to Demko, Roy went on: “I see you out there, dancing around like you don’t give a s—. How are we supposed to draft you? Looks like you’re just here to have a good time. We need a guy who is willing to do anything to win.”

Demko concedes, to a certain extent, Roy was right. It’s one thing to dance around in college. That wouldn’t fly in the NHL.

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J.T. Miller Is A Fit For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So maybe Chris Drury should have traded for J.T. Miller before the end of Sunday’s game against the Canucks while the Rangers’ president-general manager’s suite was only 20 yards away from his Vancouver counterpart, Jim Rutherford.

It wasn’t pretty at the Garden, the Blueshirts going down 5-2 in a generally uninspired and uninspiring effort from about midway through the first period to midway through the third, while Miller — an apple of the Rangers’ eye as the March 21 trade deadline approaches — set up both of his team’s two first-period goals.

The cost of doing business with Rutherford is going to be high, there is no doubt about that. The one-time and perhaps prodigal Ranger leads the Canucks in scoring with 59 points (20-39), good for tied for 10th in the league. Since arriving in Vancouver in 2019-20 by way of Tampa Bay, Miller is 15th in the NHL with 177 points (62-115) in 174 games.

He is big, is strong on the forecheck, he wins his one-on-ones, has become extremely responsible in his own end and is an elite passer. The Rangers’ kingdom for a player with those attributes to slide in on the right side with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome.


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Wild Card Spot A Longshot For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Vancouver Canucks suddenly have everything going for them except time.

Their 5-2 road victory Sunday against the New York Rangers, which followed the Canucks’ 7-1 home win Thursday against the Calgary Flames, gives Vancouver a three-game winning streak for the first time since December.

At 26-22-6, the Canucks are four games over .500 for the first time in nearly two years, and their 69 per cent winning percentage since Bruce Boudreau became coach on Dec. 6 ties Vancouver (18-7-4 since then) with the mighty Toronto Maple Leafs (17-7-2) for the best record in Canada.

Goalie Thatcher Demko continues to play like a Vezina Trophy candidate, elite forwards J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson are driving the attack, and even the Canucks’ wonky special teams look better.

It’s just too bad the team was 22 games into the National Hockey League season before it started playing like this.

The Canucks are racing the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks for a wildcard playoff spot in the Western Conference as much as they are racing time.

They have 28 games remaining, starting Monday against the New Jersey Devils.


Below see the wild card race in the West.

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Thatcher Demko Stops The Leafs In Vancouver

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

You look at the lineup sheet before every game, and when the Toronto Maple Leafs are in town it’s impossible not to see names like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly.

But then you look at the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup and see Thatcher Demko. And some nights, like Saturday, that is enough.

Demko became just the second Canucks goalie in 37 years to make at least 50 saves in a National Hockey League game when he stymied the stars from the centre of the universe by making 51 stops in a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.

The last Canuck to record a half-century of saves was Roberto Luongo in 2010, a month after the Vancouver Winter Olympics, in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

When former Canucks general manager Dave Nonis made the trade for Luongo, in 2006, he said he wanted to sleep. He explained that New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello always slept like a baby because he had Martin Brodeur in net, and Nonis was tired of restless nights.

Demko allows the Canucks to sleep at night.


Game highlights are below.

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Bruce Boudreau Not Happy With Vancouver’s Performance Last Night

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Canucks, for all their talk about the National Hockey League playoff race and promising to be better on Wednesday than were in Tuesday’s slow-start victory over the dreadful Arizona Coyotes, were exposed and embarrassed by the Islanders.

The New York team that was within one win of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final last season overwhelmed Canucks starter Jaroslav Halak, pumping in five goals in the first 17 minutes before absorbing a lot of pressure from the Canucks in a 6-3 victory at Rogers Arena.

The game started a couple of hours after Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reported that U.S. hockey legend Cammi Granato would become the third assistant general manager hired since Jim Rutherford became Canucks president on Dec. 10.

It’s another step in the regime change in Vancouver. But building a team is harder than building a management group.

Coach Bruce Boudreau, hired just before Rutherford, called Tuesday’s scoreless first period against the Coyotes the poorest he has seen from the Canucks.

“Evidently, I was wrong last night,” Boudreau told reporters late Wednesday. “You give up five goals in a period, I mean, there's not too many good things to say. It's crazy but they looked twice as fast as we did in the first period. I thought in the second period, we looked a lot faster than them. We've just got to be ready to play. I can't explain it any better than that.”

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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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