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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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Injuries A Problem For The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Chris Tanev hasn’t been healthy for more than five games this season.

Markus Granlund and Erik Gudbranson tore wrist ligaments before the National Hockey League season was two weeks old.

Anton Rodin got into three games before his season ended in surgery. Derek Dorsett only played a month. The Canucks were ravaged by mumps, flu viruses and food poisoning.

Poor Joseph Cramarossa. He was picked up off waivers at the start of the month. Ahead of him, he had the best opportunity to play in his career. Three weeks later, he’s hurt and out.

Nikolay Goldobin got into three games before catching one of the worst viruses of his life. He lost more than 15 pounds and missed more than two weeks.

Such is the story of the Vancouver Canucks. It was the same last season and many of the seasons before that. Even in their oft-cited run in 2011, the injuries were unrelenting, one after another.


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Morning Line- Jason Botchford On The Vancouver Canucks

It’s interesting now to see head coach Willie Desjardins being pressured to “play the kids.” Because the kids never let the Vancouver Canucks’ bench boss down. His best players did. They can see it as clearly as you can.

-Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Canucks where you can read more on this topic.

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Videos- One Thing Learned Last Night, The Puck Bounces To The Right

Two examples...



One more below...

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The Plan For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

... Still, it was interesting to note the language both Linden and Benning used in describing this bold new direction. It might look like a rebuild. It might feel like a rebuild. It might quack like a rebuild. But calling it a rebuild?

No, we wouldn’t go that far.

“I look at is as a continuation of the things we’ve done over the last couple of years,” Linden said. “Perhaps it’s a more overt direction, but I’d say it’s a continuation.”

“We’re in a transition period,” said Benning.

Fine. Call it whatever you want. But there are now five players left from the team Linden and Benning took over in — yikes! — 2014, and if that isn’t a rebuild, it’s the next closest thing.

Still, the more compelling question for the Canucks isn’t what they call this plan. It’s when does it begin in earnest and that’s where things get interesting.


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