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 and they don’t seem to be in the conversation when the so-called experts list their Stanley Cup favourites.
Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said he gets that.
“I think if you lose out in the first round of the playoffs you alway have something to prove and it’s no different for us” Sedin said after Wednesday’s practice at UBC and before the Canucks chartered to San Jose for Thursday night’s season-opener against the Sharks.
Their new season is beginning where their last one crashed and burned in a four-game first-round sweep at the hands of the Sharks. It was Vancouver’s second straight first-round playoff exit an...