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Vancouver Canucks News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
11/28/13: It is only the end of November, so it is not time to panic. That being said, the Canucks find themselves in semi-desperation mode. Vancouver is a respectable 11-8-4, good for 26 points. However, the top teams in the Western Conference all have 32 or 33 points - that leaves the Canucks on the outside looking in (if the playoffs were to start today). Vancouver is on a five game winless streak and is struggling to score. Head coach John Tortorella is now mixing up lines to see if something works. They still have time, but cannot let the gap widen or it will be a long spring in Vancouver.
11/21/13: Vancouver made a contract move with a goaltender this past week. No, it was not with Roberto Luongo who still has $60 million and somewhere between seven and 30 years on his deal (a deal that no team in their right mind wants to assume through a trade). This was a re-signing of backup Eddie Lack for two years and $2.3 million. Lack was promoted to the big leagues when Vancouver traded Corey Schneider to the New Jersey Devils over the summer. He has a 2-2 record and .911 save percentage in five starts. That figure seems reasonable and it looks like the Canucks have learned not to give out contracts that can hogtie them for a generation.
11/14/13: Coaches have a way with superlatives, and everyone accepts that. But it is different when the coach completely bashes a major facet of the game. Such is the case with John Tortorella and his views on the Canucks power play. Vancouver's power play is 27th in the league and Torts had only simple and negative words about it. Of course, that is understandable when you score less than 10% of the time with the man advantage. The Canucks have been known for their power play in the past, routinely finishing in the top five. However, if they can get going with the man advantage, they can be very dangerous for the rest of the year.
11/7/13: In one of the most unusual contract negotiations ever, the Canucks found themselves trying to work out a deal with the Sedin twins at the same time. The extensions got finished and the Canucks inked the twins to twin four year, $28 million extensions that will keep them around until 2018 when they are 38 years old. The Sedin twins have amazingly played their entire career together, and even more amazingly, with the same team. The one thing they have not achieved is winning the Stanley Cup. The closest they came was losing to Boston in the Finals a few years ago.
10/31/13: The Canucks had a chance to face their old netminder when they visited the New Jersey Devils this past week, and they took advantage. New Jersey is having trouble beating anyone these days, but figured they would let Corey Schnieder keep the net against his former team. The game was knotted up at two goals apiece after regulation time and still tied after overtime. However, the Canucks rose to the challenge of OT. Mike Santorelli scored on the first penalty shot and that held up as the Canucks beat the Devils 3-2 for a big out of conference win.
10/24/13: Vancouver is still among the better teams in the Western Conference, but they may need to pick up their play to get into the playoffs this season. The team is 5-3 through eight games. While the 10 points are good, they have played more games than many of their rivals. The Canucks did continue the West's dominance over the East by shutting out Buffalo 3-0 last week. It was Roberto Luongo's first shut out of the season and he is starting to show that he is, in fact, a starting goaltender in the NHL. Not to burst the bubble, but the Sabres have trouble scoring - already getting shut out twice and with seven games with one goal or less.
10/17/13: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Elder was suspended for three games for making an illegal check to the head of San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl. Fortunately, Hertl was not hurt on the play, but it shows how serious the league is about hits to the head in the concussion era. If the name Tomas Hertl sounds familiar, well, it should. Hertl angered Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates last week by deking the goalie with a drop between his own legs, then flipped the puck in the net. Oates and other curmudgeons thought it was showboating. Others think it was one heck of a move.
10/10/13: The biggest news out of Vancouver is the forthcoming game against the New Jersey Devils. Normally, an early season Devils/Canucks tilt would not get much attention, but this does because of all the goaltending drama in Vancouver over the past two seasons. Cory Schneider is making his return to Vancouver, as he was the guy shipped out of town rather than Roberto Luongo. Schneider is now the heir-apparent to Martin Brodeur. Luongo, meanwhile, is trying to make the best of his situation. He has a large contract that no one else wants, and that may well cripple the Canucks in the future.
10/3/13: John Tortorella takes over as the new bench boss for the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have been very successful in the regular season, usually winning their division and even winning the President's Trophy for the best league record in 2011-12. However, they fell in the first round of the playoffs the last two season and that cost Alain Vigneault his coaching job. Torts is a much more demanding coach and has put the team through a tough training camp. Vancouver has the talent to go all the way, but will they be able to work in the new system?
9/26/13: Its not just the demeanors that are different between former head coach Alain Vigneault and current head coach John Tortorella, they have different philosophies on playing style. The Canucks are now seeing that. Vigneault stress more man-to-man coverage on defense whereas Torts prefers a zone. Torts also is more inclined to dump the puck and chase it down on the forecheck. It will be interesting to see how the Canucks adapt. They did not have trouble winning regular season games, they struggled in the playoffs the past two years - and this may be too far of a departure from their core competencies.
9/19/13: No matter the sport, civilization, or industry, all top performers peak and then fall. Such is the talk about the Vancouver Canucks, where many people think that their window of opportunity has closed. Vancouver made it to the Stanley Cup finals just 27 months ago and still has much of their core. The players do not believe the team is in decline and new head coach John Tortorella is out to prove that he can bring home another Cup (he led the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning to the Championship). His tough-mindedness may be exactly what the team needs to get over the hump.
9/12/13: The Canucks have shown they can play in the regular season as well as anyone. They won the Western Conference regular season in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, and won their division last season. What they have not shown, since they went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, is that they can play in the playoffs. They were knocked out in the first round the last two seasons. So naturally there is speculation that veteran Brendan Morrow may join the team. The Canucks could use a physical forward that creates space, digs out pucks in the corners, and has a scoring touch. Whether or not Vancouver lands Morrow is still up in the air - but the team could use him.
9/4/13: In all of sports, when a team consistently struggles - particularly after having success under the same coach - the front office jumps into action and brings in a new coach. If the coach is a 'player's coach' they feel they need someone stricter. If the coach is 'old-school', they feel they need someone more accommodating. Such is the case with the Vancouver Canucks. After years of disappointing playoff failures, the team brought in John Tortorella to instill some discipline in the team. The Canucks have the talent to win the Stanley Cup, and now they hope that Torts will bring the proper structure to achieve that goal. Incidentally, Tortorella's former team (Rangers) felt the opposite and brought in Vancouver's former head coach.
8/29/13: The Roberto Luongo saga has gone on seemingly forever in Vancouver. He wants out. The team wants him out. However, no one is willing to take his contract. He still has about six years and $64 million dollars left on it. Luongo is staying in Vancouver, at least for now. What is next is anyone's guess. Perhaps there will be a rich team with desparate need for a goalie during the season. Until then, Luongo will be between the pipes for the Canucks and hopes to resurect his career, which was incredibly promising just a couple of years ago.
8/22/13: Perhaps no other team in the Western Conference will be under as much scrutiny this season as the Vancouver Canucks. It is well documented that the Canucks have under-achieved in the playoffs despite regular season success for the last two years, and that cost the head coach his job. There is also much consternation at goaltender with Roberto Luongo and his huge contract hanging over the team like a big albatross. Can Luongo return to 2010 form? Will the team make it out of the first round of the playoffs? Great questions that only playing the season can answer.
8/15/13: The Canucks and New York Rangers both fired their coaches after the end of the past season. Very quickly each team pick up the other's former coach - so it was essentially a trade. John Tortorella takes over in Vancouver - a habitually under-performing playoff team. Aside from two years ago when the Canucks lost to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, the team has had terrific regular seasons followed by a bad habit of losing early in the playoffs. Torts is a no-nonsense coach that won the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to his tough approach.
8/8/13: And now for some nice news. The Canucks did a young fan right by replacing all of his team memorabilia after it was ruined during a burglary recently. According to reports, The Canucks reached out to 15 year old fan Austin Sabourin after the incident and donated several hats t-shirts and team pennants. The entire incident is ugly, but the team went beyond any obligation and earned some much needed PR points - as well as the life long adoration of one young fan. The best news is that the young man and his family are safe and healthy.
8/1/13: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has not publicly said anything about the team trading goaltender Corey Schneider to the Devils, but he did fire his agent and his agent is talking. According to his former agent, he had never seen a team treat a star player so poorly. Luongo has long wanted to be traded out of Vancouver, but no one is interested in taking his massive contract. Luongo now sits with the decision to keep his $100 million deal or restructure and go someplace that really wants him. There is a good chance he just sits on the money.
7/11/13: The NHL announced this week that they would add to their slate of outdoor hockey games this coming season. The latest game has the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in March 2014. BC Place was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics and is the home of the local Canadian Football League team. This game will be the Heritage Classics and should be fun to watch. Some may argue that there are too many outdoor games now and the novelty has worn off, but if there is snow falling, then all the better.
7/4/13: For weeks, no months, no a good year and a half now, there have been rumors that goaltender Roberto Luongo was on his way out of Vancouver. The Canucks signed Luongo to a massive contract through almost the time his kids would be through college. Then they realized that they liked Corey Schnieder better - so they wanted to trade Luongo. The problem is that no one wants his contract. Instead, Vancouver traded Schnieder to the Devils. They received the 9th overall pick, which they used on Bo Horvat - a foward in the Ontario Hockey League.
6/27/13: The Canucks and New York Rangers faced off in a memorable Stanley Cup final in 1994. The games were intense and chippy, as the Rangers won their first championship since the mid-1940's. Both had championship caliber teams this past season, but both underperformed in the playoffs. Both teams also fired their coaches. In an unusual move, the Canucks hired ex-Ranger coach John Tortorella, while the Rangers hired ex-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. One wonders if the teams just could have made a trade rather than going through all the time and expense of firing and hiring their former leaders.
5/30/13: After consecutive seasons where the Canucks were at or near the top of the regular season standings - only to fall in the first round to a vastly inferior team - Vancouver is completely cleaning house. They fired head coach Alain Vigneault and are now in the process of finding his successor. They need to find someone who will make the team tough enough for the playoffs. They are a finesse team that cannot make it through the rough and tumble world of the NHL postseason. Leading candidates seem to be Lindy Ruff (longtime coach of the Buffalo Sabres), Dallas Eakins (up and coming coach of the Toronto Marlies), and Dave Tippet (of the Phoenix Coyotes).
5/16/13: It must be May because the Vancouver Canucks finished up another dominating regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs by a far less skilled team. A year ago, the Kings made quick work of the Canucks and their President's Trophy en route to their first Stanley Cup Championship. This year, the San Jose Sharks took their 6 seed and did the same thing. Vancouver must look at their entire operation, as well as figure out a way to get out of backup goalie Roberto Luongo's massive contract. He doesn't want to be there. The team does not want him, but no one else wants his contract.
2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Team - Vancouver Canucks
It's kind of remarkable that the Vancouver Canucks aren't the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the 2013 NHL Playoffs and instead have the No. 3 seed as winners of the Northwest Division. The number two is significant for the Canucks for a couple of reasons. Two twin brothers, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, have been the offensive leaders and identity of this team for some time. Two accomplished goalies, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo, have provided soap-opera fodder for the fans, with Luongo basically spending the entire season on the trading block despite (or due to) his pedigree and contract. Schneider has performed well despite the massive shadow just over his shoulder and stands to continue as the primary goalie when this team tries once again for the Stanley Cup in 2013.
And the dagger version of the number two, the one that keeps even the most optimistic Canucks fan up at night, are the two straight President's Trophies earned in the last two seasons; unfortunately, the hardware collection doesn't include a Stanley Cup from either of those years. Two years ago, the Canucks suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Riots literally ensued. Last season, the top-seeded Canucks were swept out of the first round by the upstart - and later Stanley Cup winning - Los Angeles Kings. Is the fact that the Prez Trophy will be won by the Blackhawks or Penguins a blessing in disguise? Will the late season charge to overcome the Minnesota Wild and win the division bode well for the grittiness needed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Only time will tell. If Vancouver can bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada, they'll earn a year-long grace period. Maybe even two.
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5/9/13: As much as things change, they still stay the same. A year ago, Robert Luongo was the established goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks. He struggled early in the playoffs and was replaced by Corey Schnieder. Schnieder outperformed Luongo (who has a Stanley Cup Final and Olympic Gold Medal to his name), and became the starter this season. Schnieder had a mysterious injury, so Luongo started the first two games of the series against the San Jose Sharks. Luongo played well, but lost both games. Guess what, Schnieder is coming back to replace Luongo for the second year in a row.
10/4/12: The Vancouver Canucks have yet to see a big exodus of their players headed to Europe to play out the lockout. Former Canucks star Markus Naslund has been recruiting the Sedin twins to come play for his Moda team in Sweden but so far they have not gone anywhere. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has skated with an amateur team and is planning a charity game in British Columbia. He will be putting together a team consisting of several of his teammates to play the University of British Columbia hockey team. One player who won?t be there is Ryan Kesler who is still recovering from wrist and shoulder surgery.
9/27/12: The Vancouver Canucks have not seen their big stars leave for Europe yet, but they did send some of their younger players to their AHL team to play during the lockout. This includes Zach Kassian, whom they traded for last year. Kassian figures big in the Canucks plans and would have been on the NHL roster if the season were underway. He is big and physical which is what the Canucks management has said they wanted. They also sent defenseman Chris Tanev back to Chicago as well. Tanev is a steady defenseman who spent most of last year with the Canucks and figures to again after the lockout.
8/16/12: The Vancouver Canucks announced this week that they signed first round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to an entry level contract. The Canucks selected Gaunce with the 26th overall pick in last spring's NHL Draft and he is still a couple of years away from breaking into the NHL. Gaunce played with Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League last year and scored 28 goals and 40 assists and is a strong two-way player. It is hard to say where Gaunce will play next season. He could easily end up with the AHL Chicago Wolves or return to Belleville for another season.
7/26/12: The Vancouver Canucks summer rolled on this week with little news. They re-signed depth winger Dale Weise to a one year contract which allowed them to avoid arbitration but made no other significant news. General Manger Mike Gillis took to the Vancouver radio this week and mentioned that the team had been involved in trying to acquire restricted free agent Shea Weber from Nashville. Gillis said that in the end they decided not to submit an offer sheet as they believed strongly that Nashville would match any offer. That is exactly what happened as the Predators matched the sheet that the Philadelphia Flyers signed Weber to.
5/3/12: The Vancouver Canucks have been sitting quietly after being eliminated by the Kings from the playoffs. That quiet has not stopped the NHL rumor mongers though. After goalie Roberto Luongo mentioned that he would waive his no trade clause in his contract the NHL world was a flutter. Rumors sprung up saying he actually had requested a trade and had given the Canucks a list of teams he was willing to go to. The Canucks denied that report but most fans in Toronto believe that the Maple Leafs are one of the teams that he is willing to go to.
4/26/12: After losing their first round playoff series against the Kings in disappointing fashion there was a lot of big news coming out of Vancouver this week. Roberto Luongo told reporters that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause in his contract if the club asked him to. Luongo has seven years remaining on his contract that pays him 5$ million a year. It is believed that the Canucks would rather hand the reigns over to young Cory Schneider but moving Luongo and that contract may prove difficult. General Manager Mike Gillis also ducked questions about the future of his head coach Alain Vigneault. Stay tuned Vancouver.
4/19/12: The Canucks have had a disappointing playoff run so far. Facing the Los Angeles Kings the top seeded Canucks have dropped the first three games and are in danger of becoming the first President Trophy winning team to get swept in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Injured forward Daniel Sedin was rumored to possibly return to play in Game 4. Sedin has been out with a concussion for the past month and as Vancouver's leading scorer his return would be a huge boost to their struggling offense. Talk is already surfacing in Vancouver about the future of head coach Alain Vigneault should the Canucks bow out in the first round.
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