2014 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview
Last season was a forgettable one for Vancouver Canucks fans. The Canucks finished the year 36-35-11 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007-2008. Head coach John Tortorella lasted only 1 season, and was fired, leaving the Canucks to search for a new head coach for the 2nd time in as many seasons. Only a few years removed from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks still have a talented and experienced squad. The entrance of new head coach Willie Desjardins has the buzz around Vancouver positive and might provide the fresh outlook that last season’s Canucks desperately needed. Key players like Kevin Bieska with be mixed with newcomers Ryan Miller, Nick Bonino, and Linden Vey. Vancouver will have to replace top defenseman Jason Garrison, but added extra scoring ability in Radim Vrbata. The Western Conference is as good as it has been in a decade. The race for the playoffs will be tough for any team out west, but look for the Vancouver Canucks to be in the thick of the playoff hunt late in the season.
2013 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview
The Canucks had some turnover this offseason, bringing in the likes of Benn Ferriero, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton while letting go of Keith Ballard, Andrew Ebbett, Maxim Lapierre and Derek Roy. Henrik and Daniel Sedin will once again lead a line up front, while the Canucks will be now counting on Roberto Luongo to give them the production they got from two goalkeepers in the past. It’ll be an interesting season in British Columbia. The Canucks will be on the road for the first two games of December, traveling to Carolina and Nashville before heading home for a five-game home stand. Vancouver will welcome in the Coyotes on Dec. 6 before the Avs, Hurricanes, Oilers and Bruins come to the Canadian Pacific. Another home stand in late January will see the likes of Nashville, Phoenix, Edmonton and Chicago.
2012 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview
Like the 1v8 matchup in the Eastern Conference, this is no picnic for the Canucks and they’re probably wishing they had drawn a different team in the first round. Splitting the season series 2-2 with the Kings, Vancouver knows it will be a grueling series against L.A. and its superior goaltending. The Kings allow only 2.07 goals per game and Jonathan Quick has a chance at winning the Vezina Trophy, given to the game’s top goalie. No slouch in net himself, Roberto Luongo is a four-time All-Star and led the Canucks to the fourth-best mark in goals allowed. The health of Daniel Sedin could be the tipping point in the series, as he will try to come back from a concussion suffered from a viscous elbow to the head three weeks ago. The Swede is in his 11th year with the Canucks, and plays alongside his brother Henrik who is the Cancucks captain and also joined the team in 2000.
2011 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview
The Vancouver Canucks had one of the most successful years of any franchise in the history of the NHL. They won every piece of hardware there was… except the most important, The Stanley Cup. This year, they’re looking to finish the deal with a rejuvenated set of Sedin twins and pumped up Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. The two things that might work against them are the rising talent in the Western Confernce, and the loss of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff was their most prolific scorer from the back, putting up an amazing 50 points. However, with a kicking set of twins and Alex Burrows chomping at the bit (along with their seemingly endless list of talented forwards), the Canucks will be a story all year long.
2010 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview
The Vancouver Canucks should once again be one of the best teams in hockey in the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Canucks made the playoffs last year and advanced to the second round before getting bounced by the Chicago Blackhawks. This year Vancouver will have to overcome a tough schedule, that includes them leaving GM Place while the 2010 Winter Olympics comes to their home city. If Canucks star Roberto Luongo can keep his team focused, then watch out for Vancouver this season.