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The Florida Panthers Get A Win In Vancouver, But Their Minds Are On The School Shooting

from Jim Morris of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The Florida Panthers won in Vancouver Wednesday night but their hearts were back home.

Many of the Panther players were emotional after their 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks, their thoughts focused on the massacre at a high school near the team's practice facility. At least 17 people were killed in the shooting at Parkland, Fla.

"It was tough," said Jamie McGinn, who scored a power-play goal in the win. "You turn on the TV in the afternoon . . . and it's close to home. This is where a lot of the guys, they have young kids now, but when they get older that's the high school they will be going to, so it affected our team.

"It's a sad world we live in right now."


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A Multiyear Contract For Vancouver GM Jim Benning

from NHL.com,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning signed a multiyear contract Wednesday.

"I'm excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build," Benning said. "I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team."

Benning is in his fourth season as general manager of the Canucks after replacing Mike Gillis, who was fired after the 2013-14 season, and is in the final season of his contract. Before coming to Vancouver, he had spent eight seasons as assistant GM of the Boston Bruins and helped build the team that defeated the Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.


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The Youth Movement Has To Start In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The move that would send that message most forcefully is buying out Eriksson. We’re aware that’s easy to say when it’s not your money, but the Swedish winger has been a crushing disappointment in his two seasons here and there is nothing to suggest things will get better. He’s also taking playing time away from younger players. The same can be said of Gagner.

Vanek, meanwhile, is the ultimate no-brainer. The Canucks can’t bring him back and expect their fan base to take the rebuild seriously.

To remind everyone, we’re talking about a team that finished 28th two seasons ago, 29th last season and is currently sitting 28th.


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Video- The Voices Of The Vancouver Canucks

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Three of the most prominent play-by-play announcers in Vancouver Canucks history - Jim Robson, Jim Hughson and John Shorthouse - gathered for a roundtable discussion offering a collection of personal stories, memories and reflections.

Watch the 21 1/2 minute feature below.

Continue Reading »

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Who Will Carry Out The Plan In Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Linden-Jim Benning administration is about to enter Phase 2 of The Plan and that presents a more complex challenge than assembling the raw materials. Talent, to be sure, is a big consideration for any franchise trying to resurrect itself, but the real art of team-building lies in other, murky areas.

I mean, if it was as easy as showing up at the draft and picking in the top five, Arizona wouldn’t be last and fans in Edmonton would be a lot less angry. The more pressing issues concern chemistry, leadership, coaching and the assignment of roles, and that’s where the hard questions will be asked of Linden and Benning.

To date, they haven’t exactly inspired confidence with their game plan, and we trust this point doesn’t need further illumination. You need only look at the standings over the last three seasons to understand the organization has failed in its attempt to remain competitive while integrating younger players into the lineup.

But, beginning with the expected signing of Adam Gaudette later this year and the promotion of Thatcher Demko, this same management team will be entrusted with the prime assets that will shape the Canucks’ future. So, should they oversee this crucial stage of the franchise’s history? Should they be allowed to make those key decisions?

These are the crucial questions for the Aquilinis. Linden and Benning have made some glaring errors.


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The Vancouver Canucks Should Follow The Re-Build By The Colorado Avalanche

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Avs didn’t try to finesse their problems. They didn’t try to integrate younger players into their lineup while they slowly phased out veterans. Beginning at last year’s trade deadline, when they moved Iginla, they were all in with the rebuild, giving regular roles to Kerfoot, Compher and Jost, who are all rookies. The 19-year-old Girard was then acquired from Nashville in the Matt Duchene trade and immediately plugged into the lineup.

The net effect? The Avs have been transformed from train wreck into a team with a future in the space of four months. Maybe Sakic didn’t have a lot of choice when he imploded his lineup. Or maybe, he was at the forefront of a new orthodoxy in the NHL, one that the Canucks have to fully embrace.

We’re not going to spend a lot of time going over old territory, but, for the last four seasons, the Canucks have tried to slow-play the rebuild. Yes, they’ve gotten younger and, yes, there is promise ahead. But look at this year’s lineup. The average age of their forwards is 27.25, the average age of their blue-line is 26.1 and their two goalies average out at 28 years.


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Re-Signing Erik Gudbranson Doesn’t Make Sense For The Caucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Extending Gudbranson because he’s tough would rank among the most short-sighted decisions this organization has made in years.

It’s entirely possible all of this is moot. The Canucks have said they would only re-sign Gudbranson if the money made sense.

There is no way it’s going to make sense to this team to pay a third pairing blue-liner $4 million a year and right now it’s difficult to imagine Gudbranson accepting much less than that.

Heck, the Canucks could get four or five tough guys who can’t control shots for $4 million a year total if it’s so important.


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The Vancouver Canucks Want To Re-Sign Erik Gudbranson

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson is off the trade market. For now.

General manager Jim Benning confirmed to Sportsnet today that he will try to sign the 26-year-old to a contract extension ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. But if contract talks fail in the next couple of weeks, the Canucks will trade Gudbranson rather than lose him as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“He’s a physical, stay-at-home defenceman who helps us,” Benning said. “We have other defencemen who are more puck-moving guys, but we don’t have anyone else with Gudbranson’s style of play.


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Brock Boeser - A Star Is Born

from Ed Wiles of the Vancouver Province,

In the here and now it’s difficult to know what forces Boeser unleashed on his career in Tampa but it’s safe to say something changed during All-Star weekend. As a result of his starring turn, Boeser morphed from a nice regional story for the Canucks to a verifiable phenom in the hockey world.

He was all over NBC’s and CBC’s coverage of the … er … mid-season classic. Go to the ESPN website and there’s Boeser. He’s there in The Sporting News and The Hockey News. Type the words Brock Boeser and All-Star Game MVP into a search engine and you get 95,700 matches. Then there’s that great picture of Boeser that ran everywhere, the shiny new star standing in front of his shiny new car for being named the game’s MVP.

The money was nice, too. On top of everything else, Boeser cashed in a winning lottery ticket in Florida this weekend, taking in around US$600,000 in prize money, bonuses and other trinkets.


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