On Brandon Sutter and the pain of a lost season

Jeff Paterson
April 14 2016 02:49PM

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Brandon Sutter had no idea how things would unfold in his first season with the Vancouver Canucks. 

It’s safe to assume that in his wildest dreams – or his nightmares – he could never have imagined being limited to just 20 games due to two serious injuries. As he cleaned out his locker earlier in the week and prepared for summer that will include a late June wedding in Kelowna, Sutter reflected on a season he was forced, for the most part, to watch from the sidelines.

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Trevor Linden: 'we were hoping for the best and it didn't work out this year'

Jeff Paterson
April 12 2016 04:25PM

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It was less formal and more revealing than what had just taken place on the other side of the wall at Rogers Arena. 

Moments after Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins descended from the podium where they had been pressed on the many failings of the Vancouver Canucks this season, President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden offered his thoughts and observations.

In a wide-ranging media scrum, Linden once again backed his head coach, broke the news of his captain’s broken finger, shot down rampant rumours of a front office shake-up and seemed to offer a glimpse into the team’s plans for the ample spending money the Canucks are likely to have to work with this summer when the salaries of Radim Vrbata and quite likely Dan Hamhuis come off the books.

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Locker clean out day: Higgins, Weber express frustration over their seasons

Jeff Paterson
April 11 2016 04:51PM

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Many words were spoken Monday, but very little was said as the Vancouver Canucks cleaned out their lockers, conducted exit interviews and met with the media one last time before heading their separate ways for the summer.

Outside of injury updates from some and confirmation of plans to play at the upcoming World Hockey championship from others, there was little to no news to come out of Monday’s availability at Rogers Arena. Nor was any expected. Players once again expressed disappointment in the way the season slipped away from them and those asked pledged the party line about paying a price now for a brighter future.

Two players who almost certainly won’t be part of that future – Chris Higgins and Yannick Weber – were among the more outspoken on the day. While neither took direct aim at the hockey club with inflammatory comments, both spoke freely of the disappointments they endured this season being placed on waivers and basically being told their services were no longer wanted or needed by the Canucks.

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Henrik Sedin opens up about injuries that slowed him through season

Jeff Paterson
April 10 2016 10:18AM

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Long after the final buzzer on Saturday night and after waves of questions about the game, the many disappointments of the past six months and the outlook for the future, Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was pressed on the injuries that so obviously slowed him over the second half of the just completed season. While refusing to get into specifics about the nature of the injury – or injuries -- Sedin was willing to discuss how the various maladies slowed not only himself, but his brother and as a result the entire team over the final 40 games.

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Q & A: Nikita Tryamkin on his first 10 games with Canucks

Jeff Paterson
April 06 2016 09:00AM

For the first time since his introductory media availability after his first practice with the Vancouver Canucks at UBC last month, Nikita Tryamkin spoke publicly about his first 10 games in the National Hockey League on Tuesday. With the help of a translator, the big Russian defenseman did his best to answer questions about the experiences he’s had in his first month on the new job and about the transition to life in North America. The following is a transcript from the eight-minute interview in the Canucks locker room at Rogers Arena.

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