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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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Alex Burrows Did Vancouver Proud

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

At his peak with the Canucks, he averaged 28 goals a season over a five-year stretch, but he was about so much more than numbers. He burned for the game. He was willing to do anything and everything to make a difference. That didn’t make him the most likable character and there were times it was difficult to defend Burrows, but he was our Rudy and if the rest of the hockey world didn’t see the things we saw in Burrows, we didn’t care.

That might explain the reaction to Monday’s trade that sent Burrows to Ottawa for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. From a hockey point of view it was a good deal for the Canucks. But it also gave the faithful a chance to savour Burrows’ career here; to appreciate the player he became and those shimmering moments he provided.

In time, he will go up in the Canucks’ Ring of Honour and will be remembered in this town. But this is Burrows’ greatest triumph.

We tell our kids if they want something badly enough and they’re willing to work hard enough for it, they can do anything. We have a hard time believing that a lot of times, but then along comes someone like Burrows and he makes us believe it’s possible, that you can believe in the power of the dream.


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Alex Burrows Could Soon Be In An Ottawa Senators Sweater

With Ottawa...




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Storyline Has To Change For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This is the story the Vancouver Canucks have tried to sell for the last three seasons.

We are a team in transition, but we’re not in a full rebuild. With our veterans and our goaltending, we can stay in the playoff hunt while we integrate younger players into the lineup. As a result, the development of those players will be accelerated as they learn from the veterans in a competitive environment.

Winning and developing, in short, are not mutually exclusive. We can do both and the organization will be better for it.

This is a fine story, although we’re still not sure if it’s directed at the fan base or ownership. The problem, however, is the Canucks sat 26th in the 30-team NHL before Saturday night’s games after finishing 28th last season and those results don’t exactly support the chosen narrative.

So where do they go from here?


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Mumps. Again?


added 4:26pm, Vancouver release is below...

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To Brian Elliott

Alex Edler with his Nick Lidstrom impression.



The comparison...

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Is Alex Burrows A Fit With The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Blueshirts are talented and resolute enough to win regularly when they get the goaltending they expect from Henrik Lundqvist. There is no doubt about it. This is a nice team.

But nice hockey gets you only so far in the playoffs, and so does tic-tac-toe hockey that is dependent on time and space. If Gorton is going to rent a top-six, better the GM find an abrasive personality than a pure-skill winger.

Which brings us to the semi-notorious Alexandre Burrows, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who spent much of his career in Vancouver playing with and riding shotgun for the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) while Vigneault was behind the bench. This season, he most often has played with talented young studs Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.


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Video- Alex Burrows Doing What He Does

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Of his altercation with Lehner, which occurred after the goalie hooked Burrows, who responded with a shove, the veteran Canuck said: “I didn’t think it was that much. I know there’s an unwritten rule that you don’t fight a goalie. I was kind of backing up in a defensive position, asking what he was doing. He looked pretty angry; he’s a big man. Then he gave me a good shot, and then I saw a six-foot-five defenceman charging at me, not looking too happy.”

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The Vancouver Canucks Need To Be Active At The Trade Deadline

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

We understand this isn’t easy. We understand these players mean a great deal to the franchise and this city. We also understand the players in question — Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Ryan Miller, Hansen; sorry, the Sedins are in a different category — have no-trade clauses and both Benning and Linden have said they won’t approach players about waiving their no-trades.

But they did with Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa in past years. They also went down this road with Dan Hamhuis last season who agreed to waive his no-trade late in the game. In the end, Benning couldn’t make a deal, Hamhuis went to free agency and the Canucks got nothing for their player.

The organization can’t afford to stand pat again at this deadline. This is a team that’s staring down the barrel of back-to-back 28th-place finishes. They can’t sell another season with this same group. They have to be in the business of the future.


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Videos- It’s Been A Tough Year For The Colorado Avalanche

In a 3-2 loss to the Canucks. The videos tell the story...


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