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Changes Coming In The Front Office Of the Vancouver Canucks?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

During Saturday night's season finale, a long-time hockey man familiar with the Canucks' inner workings was asked about the rumours involving a shakeup of the Canucks' front office.

"You know one thing," he said. "After this season, it won't be the status quo."

The Canucks, both publicly and privately, insist there' nothing to the story that George McPhee will be moved into a position between president Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning. The organization also says Willie Desjardins' job is secure.

That leaves ownership, and let's just say the Canucks' recent history suggests the possibility of a dramatic move isn't exactly remote. We know Linden favours the status quo. Anything else raises huge questions about the autonomy of this management team.

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Video- Alexandre Burrows May Be Shopping For A New Team

via Sportsnet,

Alexandre Burrows talks about his future with the Vancouver Canucks and about the rebuild that will happen within the organization.

 

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It’s The Sedins Then Everyone Else

from Jeff Paterson at the Vancouver Province,

Can they both be 60-plus point players? Should fans brace for a decrease in their production? And what can the Canucks possibly accomplish if their scoring leaders are in the 50-point range?

The hope, obviously, is that a longer than expected summer will allow the Sedins to rest and heal whatever was holding Henrik back. People will point to the way they rebounded last season after similar struggles when they were overused by John Tortorella. But two years have gone by since then. That’s two more seasons of wear and tear on aging bodies trying to keep up in a league that is getting faster and younger while the Sedins are not. And as the Canucks learned the hard way this season, if they lose one Sedin, they effectively lose both.

When healthy, the twins can still produce magic. That’s not up for any kind of debate. It was there for all to see for a few months in the early part of the schedule.

This second-half tailspin begs the question whether they can come back in the fall and perform at the highest level and do so for an 82-game schedule. Injuries and the drastic drop-offs they produced in two of the last three seasons simply can’t be ignored at this stage of their careers.

Remember, too, that the Sedins will return to town after representing Sweden in the World Cup, where they’ll be forced to battle the best players on the planet. Perhaps that will serve as a springboard into next season, but it may also grind them down before they play another game for the Canucks. That’s something this team can’t afford.

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Two Ways To Look At The Recent Winning Streak Of The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After watching the Vancouver Canucks stumble and bumble their way through the first 76 games of the season, we now find a team that's beaten San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles in consecutive contests.

Huh?

This prompts more than a few questions — most of which concern the Canucks' sense of timing and the NHL draft lottery.

But in a season which has been largely devoid of positive news, there's one query which seems especially relevant to the faithful and their team, namely: Does this run mean anything or are the Canucks watching Auston Matthews disappear in their rearview mirror for no good reason?

"(The Canucks' young players) are getting experience in games and hopefully next year we'll be in games that matter," said Jannik Hansen. "They've stood in the situation where all of a sudden you have to defend against the other team's top lines.

"You can't get that experience any other way."

That's one point of view. Here's another.

"I think we have to be really careful to evaluate our team based on the last five, 10 games of the season," said Henrik Sedin. "I've seen that mistake from other teams. You go into next year thinking you've got a good shot at it. We've got to remember we're playing teams getting ready for the playoffs and I don't see them putting their full, full effort into it."

Kill joy.

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Video- Jake Virtanen Hit On Roman Polak

Jake Virtanen received a major for interference and a game misconduct.

 

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The Rebuild In Vancouver

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

There’s good news and bad news for the Vancouver Canucks, and both ends of that are somewhat counter-intuitive.

The good news is eight straight losses has the Canucks, after being generally in the playoff picture most of the season, two points out of dead last in the NHL with seven games to play. This is exactly the predicament Vancouver needs to be in, with the chance to acquire a top-end prospect through the draft for the first time since drafting the Sedin twins second and third overall in 1999.

The Canucks have some good young players like Bo Horvat, Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen, among others. But they don’t have a front-line, elite prospect along the lines of what looks to be available in the top three or four picks of the 2016 draft.

The sense is ownership didn’t want to go in this direction, but the team’s performance has taken it there. President Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning know this is a good thing, and now they just need to get the highest draft pick possible and hope ownership doesn’t decide they don’t like the direction and order wholesale changes in management and coaching.

The only bad news to all of this is that it’s been done with the Sedins in the lineup along with veterans like Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Miller, Jannik Hansen and Dan Hamhuis. 

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There’s Always Next Year For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Willie Desjardins has a vision.

In his dreaming, the Vancouver Canucks come back in 2016-17 with a healthy lineup, a renewed sense of purpose and the lessons from this awful season embedded in their collective DNA. The lines — centred by Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat and another guy — stabilize and find chemistry. The kids take another step in their development. The blueline benefits from the return of Alex Edler and the maturation of Nikita Tryamkin or Andrey Pedan or Philip Larsen or Jakob Chychrun or...nevermind, you get the picture.

As for goaltending, if this season has demonstrated anything, it's demonstrated the net is the least of the Canucks' concerns.

Yes, Desjardins can picture it all unfolding and after everything he's endured this season, you can give him that.

He believes the Canucks are a playoff team....

But there are also at least 10 other teams telling their fans the same thing. We're close. Look at all these good young players. This year, exactly one team arrived after a prolonged rebuild - the Florida Panthers. Next year there may be a couple more. But not all 10 of them are going to make the great leap forward.

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Morning Line- Daniel Sedin

“The only thing I worry about is effort and I think from some guys right now, the effort is not there. It’s not good enough. I think those guys know who they are. I think it’s embarrassing if you’re not giving the effort every night. Shift in and shift out, game in and game out, it has to be there otherwise it’s going to look like this.

“I think it’s been an issue most nights. Early on, we won some games because we had enough guys battling. It’s about learning to win those one-on-one battles. We’re there right now, trying to battle. But we’re not winning them. That’s a big difference. You got to go in there demanding the puck. We have too many instances where that’s not the case. If you don’t get that most of the shifts, most of the nights, we’re going to lose 3-2 and 2-1 like we have this year. There’s a reason we’ve lost all those one-goal games.”

-Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks after a 3-0 home loss last night to the St. Louis Blues.

More on the game from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun.

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The Vancouver Canucks Lose Another Home Game

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

It should sum up this hauntingly disappointing season.

Not so much the 5-2 loss (Winnipeg). More the coach’s reasoning why.

When it was over, asked to pontificate on what went wrong yet again, the Canucks head coach laid out a jaw dropper of a rationale.

In fact, he suggested he foresaw it happening too, with the way his team approached their morning skate.

First, as a backdrop reminder, the Canucks have one of the worst home records in the NHL. Consider, they have three fewer home wins than the Oilers in the same 35 home games.

Monday they had their chance to win three straight for the first time this season. But the didn’t come close, instead suffering another humiliating loss, in what looked like a men-v-boys matchup against the most disappointing team in the NHL.

“In the morning skate, I could tell we were light in the morning skate, thinking good things were going to start happening,” Willie said. “We were going to be able to come to the rink and just play and good things were going to happen.

“It never works that way, it just doesn’t.”

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Plays like the one below sort of proves Willie Desjardins' point...

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Dreams Of A Big Defense In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With an eye sharpened through decades of weighing and measuring hockey talent, Jim Benning quickly formed a determination on Nikita Tryamkin.

“He’s 6-foot-7, he can skate and he can make a first pass,” the Canucks general manager said before Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. “Those guys don’t grow on trees.”...

The Tryamkin signing is meaningful on a couple of different levels for Benning’s organization but the most important might be the signalling of a new generation of Canucks defencemen.

Just 21, the massive blue-liner will play some games for the Canucks down the stretch where he could be joined by Andrey Pedan, the 6-foot-5, 213-pounder who has impressed (six goals, plus-19) in Utica this season.

The prospect of having the twin towers on the same blue-line is beyond enticing for Canucks fans but the Tryamkin deal comes with a caveat.

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