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Canucks Army Year in Review: Jayson Megna

Rightly or wrongly, Jayson Megna came to symbolize everything wrong with the Willie Desjardins-coached Canucks. Whether it was deployment issues or a curiously high number of power play minutes, Megna became something of a lightning rod for the ire of Canucks Nation. This is all a little unfair to Megna. After all, he signed a one-year,…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Ben Hutton

After a surprising and mostly successful freshman campaign – one in which he was not expected to make the opening night roster – many observers claimed that Ben Hutton appeared to experience a slight regression in 2016-17. His one goal, 25-point performance in his rookie season was a very pleasant development for the Canucks organization. His…

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Travis Green, Jim Benning, and Winning Cultures

Sometimes, press conferences have a tendency to take on a certain identity — a thematic element, one might say. And a recurrent theme from Wednesday’s press conference introducing now former Utica Comets coach Travis Green as the Canucks new bench boss was the idea of a “winning culture.” Both Vancouver General Manager Jim Benning and Green used the term…

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Canucks Army Coaching Candidate Profile: Lindy Ruff

Willie Desjardins wasn’t the only NHL coach handed his pink slip last week. One day before Desjardins, the first official coaching casualty of the off-season became (now) former Dallas Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff. The long-time Buffalo Sabres coach had spent the last four seasons coaching in the Lone Star State before losing his job on…

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Canucks Army Coaching Candidate Profile: Ralph Krueger

By choice or by circumstance, the game of hockey often resembles a small, insular community. That may explain why so many of the same coaches and executives repeatedly cycle through different NHL organizations. It is also a familiar — and somewhat humorous — explanation for why the same clubs hire the same coach several years after initially dismissing them…

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CANUCKS ARMY POSTGAME: CANUCKS LOSE BATTLE OF KURSK

  Perhaps there was a reason the Canucks let Radim Vrbata go, after all. In a game with significant draft lottery implications, the Canucks and Arizona Coyotes squared off in the desert in the biggest tank battle since at least 1943. The former Canuck shined, netting two goals and an assist as the Coyotes triumphed…

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A Poor Steward

The players wanted it. The fans wanted it. So, of course, Gary Bettman and the NHL owners didn’t. Should we really have expected otherwise? The league’s decision earlier this week to not participate in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was hardly a deviation from its rather long pattern of behaviour. With…

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Mere Fans

Part of being a hockey fan in Canada involves learning to accept the fact that every news item, be it large or small, has the potential to be blown out of proportion. The way PK Subban celebrates a goal; the way Roberto Luongo comments on the performance of his teammates. Should a team have gone…

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CANUCKS ARMY POST-GAME: BACHMAN SHINES AS CANUCKS DEFEAT DUCKS 2-1

Less than 24 hours after stealing a win in Los Angeles and throwing a wrench into the Kings’ playoff aspirations, the Canucks made the short trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks. In Joseph Cramarossa’s neither long-awaited nor highly anticipated return to Anaheim, Vancouver again relied on superb goaltending and timely scoring to sweep the weekend…

FROM THE VAULT: THE CODY HODGSON TRADE

Embed from Getty Images Few trade deadlines in Canucks history have ignited a similar controversy. There have been better trades, and even some that arguably shaped the future of the franchise to a larger extent. But what transpired on February 27, 2012 was still a pivotal date in the history of the Vigneault-era Canucks. That it…

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CANUCKS ARMY POSTGAME: LISTLESS CANUCKS BLANKED BY COYOTES

With one game remaining before the All-Star break, the Canucks waltzed into Phoenix tonight to play the hapless Coyotes, fresh off a victory against the last-place Avalanche the night before. What followed was one of the most collectively uninspired games in recent memory. Vancouver failed to register a shot on goal in the first period and failed to…