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Trevor Linden Taking A Pat Quinn Hockey Card With Him To The NHL Draft

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Kalli Quinn says she was surprised when she first heard the request but, the more she thought about it, the more she thought, yes, this is perfect.

She knew how her father, Pat Quinn, felt about Trevor Linden, and she knew how Trevor Linden felt about her father. She remembered back in June of ’88 when Quinn, who was just starting his second year as the Canucks’ general manager, stepped up to the podium at the Forum in Montreal and announced the Canucks were pleased to select Linden — “a proud Westerner” — with their first-round draft pick. And she remembered how that day changed so many things for the Canucks, her dad and Linden.

So when Linden, now the Canucks’ president, called recently and asked Quinn’s daughter for something to take to the NHL draft lottery in Toronto, she rummaged around her memory drawer and came up with the perfect memento. On Saturday, when a large part of the Canucks’ future is being determined by the whims of the ping-pong balls, Linden will be carrying the 1970-71 playing card of Pat Quinn in a Canucks uniform.

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The Vancouver Canucks If They Hit The Lottery

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To win the lottery would dramatically alter the Canucks’ course. They haven’t had that kind of sure-thing draft pick since Trevor Linden in 1988. But Matthews can be better than Linden. He can actually be Mike Modano.

And it would change everything. It would cut through the black cloud which has so often enveloped the franchise.

It would give hope to the hopeless, life to the most miserable, and provide the franchise an opportunity to have an alternate ending, one that doesn’t include the usual collective palm to the forehead.

Matthews would be given every chance to be Vancouver royalty, and be the hero.

The city isn’t looking for much. Just one ring to change everything.

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The Future Plans For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

With 11 pending free agents and a couple of key veterans facing possible buyouts, the Vancouver Canucks have a pile of decisions to make. And they weren’t sharing any of them at a season-ending press conference on Tuesday.

There was little news from head coach Willie Desjardins and general manager Jim Benning, who said the important personnel decisions haven’t really been discussed yet and nothing with be decided for at least the next few weeks.

Benning did say the National Hockey League team’s draft strategy has changed with the Canucks’ 28th-place finish, their worst since 1999, and that if the Canucks pick in the top three they will take the best player available and that that player should be in the NHL next season.

Benning also said the team hopes to have elite prospect Thatcher Demko, the goalie selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, signed this spring. But another outstanding draft pick, 2015 first-round Brock Boeser, will return to the University of North Dakota for his sophomore season.

Benning and Desjardins reiterated the goal for next season, as always, will be to make the playoffs.

Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden, who held a less formal press conference after Desjardins and Benning met the media, said: “We’ve always said we want to make the playoffs, want to be competitive. But we’ve never taken our eye off the future. We’ve never mortgaged the future to make the playoffs and we’re not going to do that now.

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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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