April 29 2015 03:10PM
Desjardins, Linden and Benning addressing the media. "We have difficult decisions to make this off-season" - Linden pic.twitter.com/sEhvQ2RoAf— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 29, 2015
The Vancouver Canucks brain trust of Jim Benning, Trevor Linden, and Willie Desjardins held court for one final time in the 2014-2015 season earlier this morning, fielding a variety of questions from media on topics ranging from player deployment to prospects and the future.
There's a lot to dig into today, and some pretty compelling things about the organization's philosophy were shared. Let's dig in to what was revealed after the jump.
April 29 2015 10:00AM
At the end of any team's season, there are the inevitable questions around who will stay and who will go. However, when you have an aging core, a nasty cap situation, and a GM who both loves draft picks and isn't afraid to make moves, there is really only one guarantee going into the offseason: change is coming (again).
There has been a lot of speculation in the Vancouver media over the course of the last couple days, probably best summed up by Jason Botchford in The Provies, who suggested the Canucks move a number of players this offseason, including the rights to Shawn Matthias and Yannick Weber, as well as Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins, and potentially Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen.
Given the Canucks cap situation, it seems likely that Benning will be looking to move core players in exchange for draft picks, rather than taking players back in return, so I thought I'd look at trades made over the past few years for players similar to who the Canucks have to offer.
April 28 2015 07:00AM
Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year's draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.
April 27 2015 03:07PM
The cumulative season finale of these power rankings follows the same script as rest of them - Sedins at the beginning, a significant "Oh dear, these guys did absolutely nothing noticeable" drop-off somewhere between #8 and #12, and a predictable, unfortunate ending.
April 27 2015 10:41AM
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Now that the Vancouver Canucks' season is over, Sven Baertschi will have an opportunity to help the Utica Comets win the Calder Cup.
Baertschi, who dressed for Vancouver in Games 5 and 6 of the club's first-round playoff series loss to the Calgary Flames this passed week, was reassigned to Vancouver's top AHL affiliate on Monday, the club announced.