Relive the 2003-04 Vancouver Canucks season

J.D. Burke
July 30 2015 07:38PM

Like all things, this too must pass. 

For the Vancouver Canucks, it was the window for the West Coast Express to contend. And it was doomed to suffer a similar fate to the one which befell the club during the 2003-04 season. A campaign that started with such promise, for a team so very ready to contend, it has unfortunately lived on in infamy - marked as the season that ended one career and tainted the legacy of another. 

The season started with so much promise. This club had every intention of contending for Stanley's chalice and I'll be damned if they didn't boast a roster worthy of the honour (aside from the goaltender thing). Bad luck, worse decisions and a heartbreaking finish conspired to close out the Canucks season.

Relive every exhilarating, heartbreaking, head-scratching moment, on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Year in Review: Alex Edler

J.D. Burke
July 30 2015 04:15PM

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The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'. 

The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the unassuming Swede, Alexander Edler.

Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.

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Relive the 2002-03 Vancouver Canucks Season

J.D. Burke
July 30 2015 01:12PM

As the off-season roars along in Vancouver, this city becomes increasingly fond of times past. With today's recap of the 2002-03 season, I aim to provide one such incarnation of a younger, more exciting and promising iteration of this franchise. With the West Coast Express entering the height of their league wide dominance, accompanied by an intriguing mixture of youth and veteran talent in the peripheries this team was primed to contend and almost did just that.

The results left much to be desired, but the fun that this city had following this franchise was unmatched in a nearly decade long period thereafter. The Canucks were fast, they were fun and I'll be damned if they weren't a pretty mean bunch to boot.

And they got pretty much nowhere for their troubles! Relive it all, on the other side of the jump.

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Report: Canucks closing in on 5-year extension for Brandon Sutter

Thomas Drance
July 30 2015 11:40AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are close to signing newly acquired centreman Brandon Sutter to a five-year extension worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $22 million in total, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Sutter, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent who managed to score more than 20 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He's a large and sturdy defensive centreman with a propensity for getting buried in his own end of the rink and producing even-strength offense at a pedestrian rate.

If the annual average value of Sutter's contract extension comes in a just under $4.4 million per, as Friedman expects, then that will be roughly in-line with what we've seen high-end third-line centremen paid for their unrestricted seasons recently.

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Relive the 2001-02 Vancouver Canucks season

Thomas Drance
July 29 2015 03:30PM


It was the second year the Vancouver Canucks' very fun West Coast Express era, and though the club earned the good will of the city by reacquiring Trevor Linden in a deal with the Washington Capitals, they were poised to miss the playoffs. 

Then they got hot...

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