July 31 2015 08:54AM
The Vancouver Canucks have become post-season regulars this side of the millennium.
It doesn't even take a full-hand to count how many times they've sat out. It can sometimes be easy to lose perspective of this, but all things being equal, this franchise has been one of the more consistently competitive ones in the league for the last 15-years.
As such, it's no big surprise that it's usually one-and-done with any given coaching staff when they fall short of these expectations. Such was the case for Marc Crawford, as he couldn't bring this team to realize the potential it flashed so brilliantly in the three seasons prior. If the window to contend was closing last season, this one saw it slammed shut with a set of burglar bars installed.
Relive their shortcomings, on the other side of the jump!
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July 31 2015 07:00AM
Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.
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.
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'.
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.