Found October 03, 2013 on
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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 season will be trying to wring the last drops of juice out of a core which was sensational in 2010-11 but dry stale and overmatched in the postseasons since.
Instead of roster change the Canucks did what they’ve done for years. They re-signed as many of their veterans as possible and filled up any holes by picking through the NHL’s recycling bin.
They do love that core.
So the promised freshness so obviously needed after the Sharks swept them will need to come from the coaching change. Because it’s not coming from the players.
And if John Tortorella is going to extract any improvement from the group he will need ...
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...
Game one of the regular season featured the Canucks doing what they do best in San Jose – lose.
The score might have ended up a little unfair in the end but this team looked and played a lot like the team that got swept last spring – just this time with a worse third and fourth line.
Vancouver generated very little offense, took a handful of undisciplined penalties and...
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 opening face off is over, it’s game on! The Canucks faced the Sharks in San Jose for their first game of the season. The result was less than favorable in Vancouver, but thankfully the season isn’t one game.
The Canucks took to the ice with a new look offense, shoot first and ask questions later. To start it looked that way. Vancouver was in it early, well, Roberto Luongo...
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...
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...
After the Vancouver Canucks' playoff sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks last spring, fans were promised big changes going forward.
On opening night, the team's playing style looked different but the end result was the same. The Sharks beat the Canucks for the 10th straight time, by a convincing 4-1 score.
Out of the gate, it looked like new coach John Tortorella...
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...
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The Vancouver Canucks will begin their 2013-14 season on the road in San Jose, the same place their season ended last season. There are more questions than answers as the Canucks enter this season and getting a good start to the season this year is of particular importance.
The Sharks are entering this season with a lot of optimism. The best...
It's game day!
The Vancouver Canucks open their regular season tonight at the newly-renamed SAP Center at San Joseâthe Shark Tank. The game will be the Canucks' first chance this year to avenge their four-game sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks in last year's playoffs.
Vancouver had the Sharks' number for several seasons but the tide turned last...
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...
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...