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Jim Benning Deserves A Contract Extension

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There were some encouraging signs before this season but there was also a belief this team was at least a year away from turning a corner.

That means they were staring down the barrel of another bottom-five finish. That would have meant more empty seats and further fan alienation.

It’s hard to see how Jim Benning would have survived another season like that.

But based on what we’ve seen so far, the rebuild appears to have been accelerated by a year. We’re not going through the whole organization but, based on what they have in Vancouver and what they have in the pipeline, there is ample reason to be optimistic about the future.

On that basis, Benning has earned a contract extension.

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The Vancouver Canucks ‘Silence’ The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Patric Hornqvist declined to talk. Said his number wasn’t on the board indicating who should be available to media – and he was right.

Phil Kessel’s number was on the board, but he grabbed his stuff and left anyway, telling those asking for his comments to “get someone else.”

Sidney Crosby, who talks after pretty much every loss but got a night off, remained silent as he shoved equipment into a bag, sporting a dejected look that told the story of the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to the Canucks at PPG Paints Arena.

On Nov. 4, the Penguins lost to Vancouver, and the common theme was that they were cool with it because the process was there. Same deal Wednesday, really. The Penguins (11-9-3) did a bunch of good things but left with a bad taste in their mouths.

“We just have to keep working at it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We can’t get frustrated. We’ve just got to get more determined.”

more on the Pens 5-2 loss to the Canucks

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Video- Travis Green On Derek Dorsett’s Neck/Back Issues


See the tweet below regarding the issues Dorsett is experiencing.

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The Up And Down Los Angeles Kings

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Last time you turned around, the Kings had finished a triumphant Eastern trip. Now they are 11-5-2, and they have lost three consecutive games, the past two coming at home to Pacific Division opponents.

The latest was Tuesday night, 3-2 at the hands of Vancouver, after the Kings had struck for two goals before the Staples Center crowd had opened its Popcornopolis bags.

The bags were over their heads by the end, as the Kings played a listless second period and then a frenzied third, without result.

“We quit playing our game after that start we had,” Alec Martinez said tersely. “They didn’t.”

The issue is whether the Kings can retain the kind of game that made them the final team in hockey to suffer a regulation loss.

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What Will The Vancouver Canucks Do With Erik Gudbranson?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The consistent clamour is that the Vancouver Canucks defenceman should have been dealt last summer or before the next trade deadline. And definitely before he enters the lucrative world of Blueliner Bingo — better known as unrestricted free agency.

For many who view the National Hockey League club from afar, he’s a polarizing player....

The microscope is focusing on Gudbranson because from an asset-management perspective, there are two things at play.

If you don’t believe Gudbranson warrants a contract extension then you can’t afford to lose him for nothing via free agency. A return could be maximized at the trade deadline.

If you believe the skinny last summer of a deal with the Florida Panthers falling through — Jason Demers reportedly vetoed a trade to the Canucks in exchange for Gudbranson — then maybe the clock is really ticking on a 25-year-old defenceman.


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Video- A Questionable Penalty Shot And An Elbow From Timo Meier

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Why the San Jose Sharks were awarded a penalty shot with such little time in a one sided game on an infraction that was not clear is confusing, so the panel tries to clear up why it happened and talks about lack of a response on the Del Zotto hit.


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Sticking To The Plan In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

---it now seems the Canucks will be on board the Benning train for the foreseeable future, which brings us back to the question which hung in the air when the Edmontonian was hired in the first place. Is he the man who will finally get things right in Vancouver? Can he bring long-term, sustained success to a franchise which has known so much frustration and heartache in its five decades of existence?

The answer — and you’re going to love this — is … maybe.

“(The contract extension) will work itself out,” said Benning, who’s in the final year of his deal.

“We’ll get that figured out. I’m focused on continuing to do the work we started.

“I’m more concerned about trying to change the culture of the group. Since I took the job, we’ve been trying to rebuild the organization. It’s something that doesn’t happen overnight. Kids take time. But I think this is the first year we’re starting to see the (Brock) Boesers and I think every year after this we’ll see (young players integrated into the lineup).”

And then we will see if this change is real and lasting or another mirage.


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Four Wins In A Row For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

...The Presidents’ Trophy winners went so quietly into the night that the only loud sound at Rogers Arena was the end boards rattling with their defencemen getting stapled and pucks being turned over....

It was a free-fly zone for the Vancouver Canucks. Fourteen first-period shots included Thomas Vanek doing Thomas Vanek things — knocking a loose puck out of mid-air in the crease — and nobody touching Bo Horvat on a charge to the net to deposit a cheeky Sven Baertschi back pass.

And when Derek Dorsett destroyed Dmitry Orlov on the end boards to strip him of the puck to set up Markus Granlund in the slot for a three-goal cushion, it became more like a laughable SuperSkills competition. The 29th-ranked power play even struck three times.

Here’s what we learned as the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory:

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Pittsburgh/Vancouver Trade

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Andrey Pedan and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Derrick Pouliot, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pedan is signed to a two-way contract through the 2017-18 season, and he carries an average annual value of $750,000 at the NHL level.

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NHL China Games All Access Program

Watch a trailer below...

NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2017) – The Los Angeles Kings’ and Vancouver Canucks’ historic journey through Beijing and Shanghai for the first-ever NHL preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging will be chronicled in NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes television special produced by NHL Original Productions. NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS premieres in Canada on Sportsnet on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m. ET and in the U.S. on NHL Network on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET. In addition, the special will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET and on TVA Sports on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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