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Having continued to fall short in their quest for a first Stanley Cup, the Vancouver Canucks are hoping that John Tortorella can finally lead them to that long-awaited title.
The Cup-winning coach begins his tenure with the Canucks in Thursday night's visit to the San Jose Sharks, who also are hoping this is finally the season they capture their first championship.
Vancouver won 313 regular-season games and six Northwest Division titles in its seven campaigns under Alain Vigneault, but a second straight opening-round playoff defeat - a four-game sweep to the Sharks - was enough for the franchise to make a change. In an interesting twist, the Canucks and Rangers essentially swapped coaches after Tortorella was fired by New York.
Tortorella has 410 wins to his credit and something else the Canucks desire, the experience of winning a Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.
"I'm anxious - a good anxious. You want to get going," Tortorella told the league's website. "I...
BEST OF MAXIM
An actual full NHL season is finally upon us and the Canucks have the chance this year to put two terrible playoff campaigns behind them.
At this time of year anything is possible, but only the following five events are truly assured of taking place.
A brighter future is now
Some people believe that the Canucks golden period is drawing to a rapid close, but an initially...
Something Is Missing
Heading into a fresh 82-game season the Vancouver Canucks once again face high expectations. After a brutal end to a lockout-shortened season the team was forced to take a step back to re-evaluate during the summer, and forward depth was one of the many concerns for General Manager Mike Gillis.
Fast forward four months later and forward depth remains a key issue...
Please welcome our newest writer Matt Fisher! You can follow Matt on Twitter at @vancouvermatt
While the goaltending soap opera surrounding the Vancouver Canucks received the lion’s share of the press during the off-season, it’s fair to say the Canucks’ fortunes in 2013-14 rest less on Roberto Luongo’s shoulders, than on their second-line centre, Ryan Kesler.
With the NHL dropping the puck last night, hockey fans received a ton of player moves information over the weekend and leading up to day one of the season. Vancouver Canucks fans were surprised, myself included, with the apparent delay of the clubs youth movement that has been touted all off season. The plan to get younger seems to be delayed in favor of collecting a...
Mr. Big Shot is finally going to get his shot.
And defenceman Jason Garrison promises he won’t be shy about using it.
Garrison knows exactly what his job will be on the Vancouver Canucks’ first-unit power play this season: to use that howitzer he has as a slap shot and fire the puck at the net.
“I know why I’m out there I think they know why I’m out there” Garrison...
The Vancouver Canucks begin a new season Thursday night feeling like they've got something to prove not only to their demanding new head coach but to those who don’t believe they are an elite team anymore.
Suddenly there is no shortage of skeptics when it comes to the Canucks.
In case you hadn’t noticed the Canucks are no longer a fashionable pick to win their division...
At the beginning of last season in this space The Province ran a cover story previewing the year ahead about Cory Schneider.
The line was: “It’s his time.”
Boy were we wrong.
The short-lived Schneider era is now long gone and it’s back to the future with Roberto Luongo on a team that has not been reset as promised in the spring.
It’s been rehashed.
The Canucks this...
John Tortorella and Brad Richards won a Stanley Cup together with the Lightning but their time together with the Rangers ended with the star center benched.
Tortorella told TSN the deterioration of that relationship was the only regret he had from his time with the Rangers which ended in his firing at the end of last season.
“It kills me. It kills me” Tortorella now the coach...
After losing John Tortorella's debut as their coach, the Vancouver Canucks might have a good chance to deliver his first victory Saturday night with the Edmonton Oilers in town.
The Canucks look to continue their home success against the Oilers, who will try to avoid opening with consecutive defeats for the first time in 15 years.
This season began much like the last one ended...
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 3, 2013
Where: HP Pavillion at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Steve Miller, Pierre Racicot
Defenseman Justin Braun snapped a tie with 1:53 remaining in the second period while Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels scored 1:18 apart late in the third as host...
We will do a team preview every day up until the season opener. Today we will cover the New York Rangers. Predicted to finish 2nd in the Metro Division. Check out our other previews here.
2012-13: 26-18-4-56 6th in the East. Lost in Conference Semi Finals 4-1 vs. Boston.
Key Additions: C Dominic Moore, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Justin Falk, D Aaron Johnson, D Danny Syvret...
Love’ Em & Hate ‘Em
Well, that felt familiar.
The San Jose Sharks continued their dominance of the Canucks, and turned what was a tight game into a gimme with two successive third period goals.
It’s only game one, but it sure felt like game 83.
He was sharp throughout, and can’t be blamed for the defensive lapses in front of him. Roberto was in fine...
After a less than impressive season opener, the Canucks will try to get off on the right foot at home on Saturday night against the upstart Edmonton Oilers. Alex Burrows was seen limping after blocking a shot on Thursday. Burrows didn’t practice on Friday but is expected to play.
The Canucks lost 4-1 to San Jose on Thursday. They were outshot and outplayed. Roberto Luongo...