Found July 29, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, In this, an eventful and disquieting offseason for the faithful, the key figure in the Vancouver Canucks’ various dramas has not been general manager Mike Gillis, new head coach John Tortorella or even Roberto Luongo. It’s been owner Francesco Aquilini. Stepping outside the traditional purview of ownership, Aquilini played an instrumental role in the decision to hire Tortorella, the decision to keep Luongo and, by extension, the decision to deal Cory Schneider. Each move, of course, will be the subject of intense scrutiny and the Canucks’ fate, both in the long and the short term, will be determined by Aquilini’s judgment in these matters. It’s interesting, in fact, to note the change at the top of the organization. For the first four years of his administration, Gillis was basically given a blank cheque to run things as he saw fit. Whether you agreed or disagreed, there was no question over who was calling the shots, and in...

Early Projections for Vancouver Canucks; 2013 Defense

Part II If these painfully early positional projections started with the goaltenders, which they did, then the next logical step would have to be an in-depth look at the defense. Or at the very least, what we know about the defense to this point. What to Make of Last Season… As you may have heard from Mike Gillis, last season was a strange one. The oddity of that 48 game season...

Sunny forecast for Sochi for your Vancouver Canucks

Orcas at the Olympics While Vancouver Canucks management bites their nails that none of their stars gets hurt, fans will be able to watch a number of their hometown players in a competition of the world’s best. Just how many can you expect to see at the Games? I’d venture to say that the definitive number will be five, but likely more (this is on the assumption that there will...

Report: Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Alexander Edler Suspended for First Two Games of 2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are months away, but Sweden is already down a man. Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss the first two games of the Sochi Games after being suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation, according to News 1130. The suspension is a carryover from the 2012 World Hockey Championship when Edler was suspended two games for a knee-on-knee...

Depth NHLer Derek Joslin Signs With SHL’s AIK by   Steven Ellis

Derek Joslin, a depth defenseman who was apart of the Vancouver Canucks organization last season, has signed with AIK in Sweden. Joslin was drafted in the 5th round, 149th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks from the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario Hockey League. As a member of the 67′s, Joslin led the team in scoring among defencemen in the 2005–06 season, [...]

A tale of two coaches: Looking at John Tortorella

Torts & Players It’s hard to know which coach Vancouver is getting with the hiring of Torts. Will he be the coach who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2004 or the one who didn’t achieve the desired effect on a contending roster for just over four years with the New York Rangers, or otherwise? To start, I think it was important that Canucks’ management...
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