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An Honourable Discharge

The news has been out for the better part of a week now. I have landed what should be the opportunity of a lifetime covering the Vancouver Canucks both at home and on the road next season – and hopefully a bunch of seasons beyond that. In nearly two decades in this market, I have…

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Newell Brown on Canucks power play: ‘You have to change with the times’

While the surroundings look familiar to Newell Brown in his second go-round as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, very little remains from the days when the team was riding high atop the National Hockey League standings. The 55-year-old, who worked alongside Alain Vigneault on the Canucks staff from 2010 to 2013, was introduced…

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Number crunch: Travis Green excited about data available in NHL

When he was introduced as the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks last Wednesday, Travis Green answered countless questions about his coaching philosophies and preferred methods to play the game. He responded to queries about handling his hockey club – veterans and youth alike – and the need for his offensively-challenged roster to generate…

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5 quotes that stood out from Travis Green’s introductory press conference

As introductory press conferences go, Wednesday’s unveiling of Travis Green as the 19th head coach in the history of the Vancouver Canucks was unremarkable. Along with the requisite photo opportunities with President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden and General Manager Jim Benning, Green skillfully stickhandled his way through close to 40 minutes of questions laying…

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Contract uncertainty could keep Horvat from World Championship

Bo Horvat hasn’t heard from Hockey Canada about a possible roster spot for next month’s World Championship yet. But even if he gets the call, the Vancouver Canucks scoring leader will likely have to take a pass on the opportunity. As a pending restricted free agent and without contract certainty for next season and beyond,…

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How many goals do the Canucks have left in them?

Monday’s news that Markus Granlund’s season is over all but ensures this year’s version of the Vancouver Canucks will be the lowest-scoring team in franchise history. They likely would have achieved that dubious distinction anyhow even if Granlund had finished the season. But without their second-leading goal scorer — and the team’s top marksman since…

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With trades for future, are Canucks GM and Coach on same page?

Photo Credit: Darryl Dyck – Canadian Press Jim Benning was trumpeting his newest acquisition as a high-end skill player worthy of instant insertion on the Vancouver Canucks power play on Wednesday in the moments after the National Hockey League trade deadline. Willie Desjardins wasn’t prepared to go to such lengths for Nikolay Goldobin. At least…

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Canucks reeling: how realistic is a 29th place finish?

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin – USA TODAY Sports With four wins in their past 14 games following Saturday’s 4-1 home ice loss to San Jose, the Vancouver Canucks are in a free-fall. The question now – with 21 games remaining on their schedule – is how far can the Canucks drop before the season mercifully…