Why the education of Sven Baertschi is a crucial story for the Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 11 2016 05:45PM

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When general manager Jim Benning addresses the media on Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks are widely expected to back off from the ‘rebuild-on-the-fly’ posture that has characterized their actions over the past three years.

When a team can’t credibly sell wins in their marketplace, they have to sell hope. They have to sell the learning process.

In this respect, there’s perhaps no better silver linings poster boy for the club than 23-year-old forward Sven Baertschi.

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: April 11th

J.D. Burke
April 11 2016 05:00PM


Well, the season is finally over. And not a moment too soon. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not sure how much longer I could've kept up with this team.

We did it, though. We stuck with this team through thick and thin, surviving the grind of an 82 game season that was as directionless as any I've ever followed. Were the Canucks all-in on a rebuild? Nope. Were they committed to building a competitive team? Sure, but they made moves to the contrary. It was all a confusing mess and I'm glad we had each other to get us through it all.

That brings me to the Monday Mailbag that ties the bow on this season at Canucks Army. Let's get to it.

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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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Why the Vancouver Canucks Would be Wise to Not Buy-Out Alex Burrows

Ryan Biech
April 11 2016 01:00PM

The Canucks season has mercifully come to an end with the local team winning a game that meant nothing in the standings, over the Edmonton Oilers. Although it meant nothing in regards to the draft position, there was still a very emotional aspect of Saturday's game that gave some meaning, and that was Alexandre Burrows.

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been increasing thought that Saturday night was Burrows last game in a Canucks jersey. For a team looking to get younger and faster, a 34 year old player making $4.5 million doesn't seem to fit into the plans anymore.

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Monday Morning Musing: April 11th

J.D. Burke
April 11 2016 11:00AM


I'm of the belief that even the most inconsequential of transactions, events and whatever you may have leaguewide affects every team, at every level, to some extent. Newton's law and so on.

With that in mind, there just simply isn't enough time or resources to give them all the attention they deserve in this space. Ideally, though, one can scratch the surface of these events - linked directly to the Vancouver Canucks or otherwise - and examine their far-reaching impact to Roger's Arena and beyond.

With that, here are my Monday Morning Musings for the week that was.

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