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Canucks Season Preview Series: Stanley Cup or Bust 1

Canucks Season Preview Series: Stanley Cup or Bust

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Look around the league and you’ll read more than a few pundits predict and pick the Vancouver Canucks as one of their Stanley Cup favorites. TSN, ESPN and The Hockey News have all weighed in and like their chances. Even a video game simulation by EA Sports NHL 11 picked the Canucks to win it all. (The same video game simulation correctly...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Lesser Load, Higher Expectations 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Lesser Load, Higher Expectations

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] It was an eventful 12 months for Roberto Luongo. In October, he passed Kirk McLean and became the Canucks’ franchise leader in shutouts. In December, he passed Richard Brodeur and became the winningest goaltender in Canucks franchise history. In February, he represented Team Canada and backstopped them to a Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In May, he passed “The...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Can Coach Coach? 1

Canucks Season Preview Series: Can Coach Coach?

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Alain Vigneault enters this season as the fifth-longest tenured coach in the NHL. His 328 games with the Canucks ranks just behind Lindy Ruff (984 games coached with Buffalo), Barry Trotz (902 games with Nashville), Randy Carlyle (410 games with Anaheim) and Mike Babcock (410 games with Detroit). In his first 4 seasons as Canucks coach, Vigneault has coached...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: When The Going Gets Tough 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: When The Going Gets Tough

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Shortly after the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the second round of last year’s playoffs, Mike Gillis said: “Experience is a major factor,” he said. “We have very few guys that have gone far into the playoffs. “You need experienced players who have been there, who don’t deviate from the game plan when the pressure is on, and who continue to be...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Ring of Honour Nights 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Ring of Honour Nights

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Photo credit: Vancouver Sun At the Canucks Summer Summit – aka the State of the Franchise – the Canucks announced the start of a new tradition, the “Ring of Honour”. The Ring of Honour initiative will launch this season and is intended to celebrate and salute Canuck heroes who have made a lasting impact on the franchise. The plan is to honour...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Is Defense Deep Enough? 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Is Defense Deep Enough?

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Remember how we lauded the Canucks depth on defense at the start of last season? The Canucks started the 2009/2010 season with 8 NHL defensemen (Willie Mitchell, Salo, Edler, Ehrhoff, Bieksa, O’Brien, Rome and Mathieu Schneider); they finished the postseason. During the season, the Canucks traded Schneider and traded for Alberts, Mitchell suffered an injury in February, and...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Putting the Kill Back in the PK 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Putting the Kill Back in the PK

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com To say that the Canucks’ penalty-kill last postseason was woeful is a vast understatement. In the biggest and most important games of the year, the Canucks were shorthanded 54 times and allowed 17 powerplay goals against. Their 68.5% PK rate was easily the worst among the 16 teams that made the postseason. In the regular season, the Canucks had...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Naslund’s Night 1

Canucks Season Preview Series: Naslund’s Night

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Photo credit: Vancouver Province When Markus Naslund skated off GM Place for the last time in a Canucks jersey on April 5th, 2008, every single Canucks fan in the arena were standing and cheering and hooting and hollering. Only the ovation wasn’t for him; it was for Trevor Linden, who had also just played the last game if his NHL career. This...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Depth Up The Middle 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Depth Up The Middle

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] For far too long, the Canucks have been pretty thin up the middle. When talking about their lineup, it seemed like they’ve always had a decent no. 1 center but lacking a big, physical one. As for depth? Forget about it… unless you want to fondly remember the days of Marc Chouinard and Tommi Santala. Mike Gillis started addressing the Canucks’ depth...

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Canucks Season Preview Series: Raffi’s Redemption 0

Canucks Season Preview Series: Raffi’s Redemption

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] At the Canucks’ training camp in Penticton, coach Alain Vigneault had this to say about Raffi Torres: I’m not interested in what has happened to him in the past. He’s got a clean slate and he’s got to have the work ethic we’re looking for and so far that’s what I’ve seen. For all intents and purposes, we’ll assume here that he’s...

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