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The Committed Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

For one summer and the hockey season that followed, Travis Green’s buzzword for his players was “adaptable.”

The coronavirus forced change and adaptability on all of us.

But after a miserable pandemic season for the Vancouver Canucks, who plummeted from within a game of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ final four to one game from the bottom four in the National Hockey League standings, the coach has new buzzwords.

“Commitment,” Green said Tuesday night from his Southern California home. “And a little bit of redemption.”

Green told Sportsnet he is excited about the Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade and other July upgrades that have made the Canucks deeper and better. But the key to getting back to the playoffs next season is the commitment from everyone in the organization to be better and, especially, for Vancouver’s key, young players to keep pushing for improvement.

If everyone does that, Green said, they can also have redemption.

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Signing of Jaroslav Halak In Vancouver Is Official

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a one-year contract that includes $1.5 million in salary and $1.5 million in performance bonus eligibility.

Halak, 36, appeared in 19 games for the Bruins last season including 17 starts, posting a 9-6-4 record to go along with a 2.53 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

The 5'11", 185-pound netminder is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (2012, 2020). He has played 539 career games over 15 NHL seasons split between Montreal, St. Louis, Washington, N.Y. Islanders, and Boston, registering a 281-173-62 record and a career 2.48 goals-against average. Since making his NHL debut in 2006.07, Halak ranks tied for fifth among all goaltenders with 52 shutouts.

Halak has also made 39 NHL postseason appearances, posting a 17-20 record alongside a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. His playoff highlights include backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to 2010 Eastern Conference Final and helping the Bruins reach game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

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Nate Schmidt Headed To Winnipeg

added 8:14pm,

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Schmidt, 30, recorded 15 points (5G, 10A) and four penalty minutes in 54 games for the Canucks last season. The St. Cloud, Minn. native has played 450 games over eight seasons for Vancouver, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Washington Capitals and has 155 points (34G, 121A) and 88 PIMs. Schmidt has also recorded 25 points (6G, 19A) and 16 PIMs in 68 playoff games, including a run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals with the Golden Knights.

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A Five-Year Deal For Conor Garland In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Conor Garland to a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.95 million.

"We're pleased to have reached a long-term deal with Conor today," said Benning. "He's a skilled young player, who plays hard, produces offensively and will complement our top-six forward group."

Garland, 25, recorded 39 points (12-27-39) and 26 penalty minutes in 49 games with Arizona last season, leading the team in assists (27) and ranking third in points (39). He tallied a career-high in goals (22) during the 2019.20 season, leading all Coyotes skaters in that category.

The 5'10", 165-pound forward has played three NHL seasons with Arizona, collecting 96 points (47-49-96) in 164 career games played. In eight career postseason games, Garland has registered an additional two points (1-1-2).

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Arizona Coyotes/Vancouver Canucks Trade

 

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added 5:33pm, Money talk for the Yotes is below.

added 6:17pm, Arizona release is below.

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Travis Green Extended In Vancouver

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that head coach Travis Green has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension.

"We are excited to have Travis Green continue to lead the Canucks as head coach and move forward from a challenging year to focus on future seasons," said Benning. Our plan has always been to draft and develop a young core and surround them with supporting players who can help us win. We have some of the best young players in the NHL and I believe Travis is the right coach to help us achieve team success and a return to the playoffs."

"Coaching the Vancouver Canucks has been a privilege and I am excited at the opportunity to continue behind the bench with this team," said Green. "I believe this young team and organization is on the rise. They have shown character, a strong will to win and we expect big things in the years ahead. Thank you to Jim, Francesco and the Aquilini family for the opportunity to continue as the coach of the Vancouver Canucks."

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What Will Become Of Travis Green?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green, marooned on an expiring contract without an extension for next season, broke his silence Tuesday on his employment status but only to explain that he is a better coach now than when he came to the National Hockey League team four years ago.

“I think every year has its own challenges,” Green told reporters before the Canucks, freshly eliminated from the playoff race, crashed 5-0 to the Winnipeg Jets. “We came into the season and you're always hoping for good things. It hasn't gone the way we wanted. But you learn from everything. I think every year you coach you have an opportunity to improve as a coach, and I know over the years in Vancouver, I've improved every year and become a better coach every season. And this year is no different.

“When you go through challenges and you go through adversity, sometimes you grow even more in those situations than when you're having success. And when I look back at the season ... I know I'll be able to look back and say, 'You know, I'm a much better coach today than I was coming into this season.'”

And, yet, here we are.

After inheriting a 29th-place, 69-point team in 2017 and taking it three years later into the playoff bubble last summer where the Canucks had their first post-season success since 2011, Green and his entire staff of assistants are about to become coaching free agents.

There are a lot of ways to judge a coach besides wins and losses, and Green’s teams have opened him to criticism even as they improved until this season.

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DoPS Meeting With Zack MacEwen Today

Watch the incident below.

added 5:36pm, One game suspension for kneeing, watch the explanation below.

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Goaltending An Issue For Toronto After Their Fifth Consecutive Loss

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

William Nylander showed up on time on Tuesday night.

Not all of his Maple Leafs teammates could make a similar claim.

We’re looking at you, goaltender David Rittich.

After getting a reprieve for missing a team meeting on Monday, Nylander redeemed himself with a couple of assists on two John Tavares goals against the Vancouver Canucks.

As effectively as Nylander played in the offensive zone, Rittich was wretched at the other end, allowing two soft Canucks goals in the third period.

The result was a 6-3 Leafs loss, marking the first time Toronto has lost five in a row since Mike Babcock’s last stand as Leafs coach. The Leafs had lost six consecutive games when Babcock was fired on Nov. 20, 2019, and won its first three under Sheldon Keefe.

The fall on Tuesday came 48 hours after the Leafs lost 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks, a loss that included a couple of weak goals on Jack Campbell.

“I’m concerned about our goaltending,” Keefe said. “We got to get that sorted out. I’m not concerned about our team. I believe in our group. We played well enough to win, we played well enough to win the other night. But we got to get better goaltending to give our group confidence.”

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Video- Alex Edler Will Have A Hearing Today

Watch the incident below.

update 4:15pm, Suspended 2 games for kneeing.

 

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