Remembering Pat Quinn on the 1-year anniversary of his death

Thomas Drance
November 23 2015 11:24AM

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Editor's Note: The following is a guest piece from historian and friend of the blog, Mike Commito. About a year ago Committo wrote a biography about Pat Quinn for the Canadian encyclopedia, and as part of the project he touched base with a handful of key people close to the late head coach and general manager, including: George McPhee, Brian Burke and Trevor Linden.

As Mike explains it, there were some quotes he didn't get to use because of a strict word count, and he was hoping to revisit Quinn's memory anyway on the one-year anniversary of his passing. We're happy to give him a place to do that.

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Schneider, Devils defeat Canucks 3-2

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 11:03PM

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The second meeting of the season between the Vancouver Canucks and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night lacked the drama, the controversial hits, and the accusations of inappropriate trash talk that punctuated the first contest. If you were expecting hostilities to carry over from the first game, you were sorely disappointed. The closest this team got to any heat or shenanigans was when Bobby Farnham dove and drew a silly penalty on Derek Dorsett early in the game. 

Ultimately the Devils were the more rested team and the better side for 40 minutes, Cory Schneider out-duelled Jacob Markstrom and the Canucks squandered too many glorious opportunities in a 3-2 loss. 

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Markstrom starts Sunday vs. Devils; Canucks 'hopeful' Vrbata will return

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 12:26PM

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On the heels of a 6-3 victory over the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks will host old pal Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Rogers Arena. It's the Canucks' fourth set of back-to-back games this season, and for only the second time this campaign, starter Ryan Miller will get the second leg off.

Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom will get the start against the Devils, head coach Willie Desjardins announced on Sunday afternoon following an optional skate. Meanwhile the club is hopeful that Radim Vrbata - who says he's ready to go - will return to the lineup following a two-game absence with what's reportedly a groin injury. 

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Jim Benning won't meet Islanders' ask for Hamonic: 'We're going to stick with what we've got'

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 11:02AM

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When Travis Hamonic's trade request first surfaced, we covered the news from a Canucks perspective and pointed out that it was difficult to see how the New York Islanders and the Canucks made sense as trading partners. We updated the situation on Saturday by pointing out that the Canucks had reportedly not discussed the possibility of a Hamonic deal (as of Thursday) and seemed unlikely to be involved.

Now Canucks general manager Jim Benning has confirmed that the Canucks aren't going to aggressively pursue Hamonic:

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Canucks will be without Vrbata, Sutter, Hutton vs. defending champion Blackhawks

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 06:59PM

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The Vancouver Canucks figuratively limped back from their season-long seven game road trip this week. Actually they literally limped back too, as the club will be without a handful of key contributors when they host the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Radim Vrbata will not play, the club announced on Saturday. And though fourth-line winger Brandon Prust will return, Brandon Sutter remains sidelined and Ben Hutton is similarly on the limp. Vrbata will join Sutter and Hutton on the sidelines on Saturday night. 

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