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#1 by Cl11234566 , Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:26 am

With the NHL regular season right around the corner, profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up is the Vancouver Canucks a looking to rebound from an abysmal season with a new GM, head coach, starting goaltender and winning attitude. Catch up on their off-season moves and the issues they face this season, as well as their analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Pacific GM: Jim Benning Head Coach: Willie Desjardins 2013-14: 36-35-11 (5th in Pacific) Playoffs: Did not qualify Goals For: 191 (28th) Goals Against: 216 (14th) PP: 15.2% (26th) PK: 83.2 (9th) That Was Then: John Tortorella was to be given one big advantage as head coach last season - there was to be no goaltending controversy. After a year dominated by the Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider narrative, GM Mike Gillis finally put an end to it shipping Schneider to the New Jersey Devils. Luongo was the man left standing and this was to be his team. But things didnt go remotely to plan. Tortorella had the Canucks play a defence-first approach with an emphasis on blocking shots rather than the high-transition game that took them to a Stanley Cup Final. The Sedins found themselves with newfound defensive assignments and they floundered. Henriks NHL iron man streak ended in January with bruised ribs and he went on to miss the Winter Olympics. Daniels season was cut short late in the year with a groin injury. Tortorella even played a starring role in the Canucks 2013-14 sideshow in January when he took exception to a line-brawl that broke out between the Canucks and Calgary Flames. Tortorella stormed the Flames dressing room at the intermission and had to be physically restrained in his attempts to get at Calgary coach Bob Hartley. Tortorella was suspended 15 days (including six Canucks games) without pay, banning him from contact with the team. As it turned out, the goaltending controversy was not actually over. Neither Luongo nor back-up Eddie Lack sparkled last season, but when Tortorella chose to start Lack over Luongo in the outdoor Heritage Classic in early March, the team once again invited contention. Just days later, Luongo and his almost immovable contract were dealt to the Florida Panthers. The Canucks won just eight games after the incident in Calgary, going 8-18-1 to finish the season and earning the NHLs seventh-worst record. Both coach and GM were dismissed at the end of the season to conclude a year that the Canucks would like to forget, missing the playoffs for just the third time in 13 seasons. Scott Cullens Analytics Canucks 2013-14 Stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 2.65 2.60 8.6 .910 52.0% .600 21-41 2.62 1.90 7.5 .938 52.4% .707 42-62 1.80 3.00 5.6 .929 48.5% .317 63-82 2.30 3.05 6.9 .905 42.7% .425 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8 .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: Goaltending was shaky early, but Canucks finished at a high enough rate to be in good position through the first quarter. Games 21-41: Great goaltending, combined with continued strong possession numbers, had the Canucks rolling. Games 42-62: Injuries caught up to them, with H. Sedin. Burrows, Luongo, Bieksa and Tanev missing time, and goal-scoring dried up. Games 63-82: Already in tailspin and traded Luongo, so goaltending wasnt up to par, even for a team still putting up solid possession stats. Key 2014 Additions: C Nick Bonino, RW Derek Dorsett, G Ryan Miller, D Luca Sbisa, RW Linden Vey, RW Radim Vrbata Key 2014 Subtractions: LW David Booth, C Zac Dalpe, D Jason Garrison, C Ryan Kesler, C Mike Santorelli, C Jordan Schroeder This Is Now: The page has now been completely turned on last years disastrous season with new management in place. Club legend Trevor Linden was installed as president of hockey operations and his first hire was GM Jim Benning. Willie Desjardins, fresh off of leading the Dallas Stars AHL-affiliate to a Calder Cup triumph, was named the teams new head coach. The team also moved quickly to address Ryan Keslers future with the club, trading him to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa (and a 2014 first-rounder). On July 1, Ryan Miller was brought in to man the crease. While he wasnt the piece to put the St. Louis Blues over the top, Miller could thrive in Vancouver. A workhorse of a goalie, the Vezina trophy winner brings experience and a winning pedigree. The defence in front of Luongo is largely unchanged from last season, aside from the addition of Sbisa, who slots into the top four and could see more ice time and responsibility than he did last season with the Ducks. Bonino was the third-leading scorer on the Ducks last season and centred their first unit on the power play. The Canucks hope he might be able to improve on Keslers production on the second line and he is certain to be given the opportunity for big power play minutes. In Radim Vrbata, the Canucks bring a winger who became a consistent goal scorer out of the media spotlight in Phoenix. Vrbata likely gets placed on the top line with the Sedins and will be playing with the most skilled linemates hes ever had in his career. A full year next to the sibling duo and its not unreasonable to think that Vrbata can once again crack the 30-goal mark. But everything falls back on the Sedins. Desjardins understands that his stars are 34-years-old and when healthy, remain elite playmakers. Putting the twins back into the roles in which theyre accustomed should go a long way to making sure that last season was an aberration. TSN Vancouver reporter Farhan Laljis Five Key Storylines heading into training camp: 1. Can the Sedins bounce back? After putting up MVP-type numbers the first month of last season, Daniel and Henrik were signed to four-year, $28 million extensions. From that moment on, their production plummeted to levels not seen since their first two years in the league. If the twins cant return to point-per game players, their contracts will be seen as anchors despite being two of the most popular Canucks ever. 2. Will Alex Edler live up to his potential? The Canucks had the opportunity move him before his no-trade clause kicked in last July to the Red Wings for a pair of young forwards but chose not to. He finished with a league-worst minus-39 last season, but new Canucks president Trevor Linden still gave him a vote of confidence when he took over the reins. Edler is just two years removed from a career-high 49-point season, but since then play has been marred by injuries and inconsistency. 3. What kind of an impact will Ryan Miller have? He will be counted on significantly by a team that had plenty of problems scoring goals a year ago. When he was acquired by the Blues at last years trade deadline he did not live up to expectations. Will a full training camp with his new team make a big difference? 4. Can Willie Desjardins breathe some life back into Alex Burrows? He has had back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, but last season the bottom fell out: Just 5 goals, 15 points and a minus-9 in 49 games. There was clearly friction between him and John Tortorella, but a change of head coach may help Burrows as much as anyone on the team. But the question remains, is Burrows a top line (or even top six) forward with this team any longer, and can he be a 25 goal scorer again - which he did for four straight seasons through 2011-12. 5. The Riddle In The Middle While few in the organization disputed the need to lift the black cloud that was Ryan Kesler, there is big concern about who will play behind Henrik Sedin as the Canucks second line center. Nick Bonino and Linden Vey will vie for the spot. Bonino registered 22 goals and 49 points in Anaheim last season, but much of that was on the power play playing next to Ryan Getzlaf. He wont be playing with players of that calibre here, so can he produce at the same level. Vey was a top prospect with the Kings playing behind the deepest center ice corps in the league. Most experts believe he is ready to be a full time NHLer and will be given every opportunity with the Canucks. There is certainly more depth at center-ice depth than there was a year ago, but how high end that depth is remains to be seen. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata Zack Kassian Nick Bonino Alexandre Burrows Chris Higgins Linden Vey Jannik Hansen Tom Sestito Brad Richardson Derek Dorsett Hunter Shinkaruk Shawn Matthias Niklas Jensen Michael Zalewski Bo Horvat Alexandre Grenier Defence Left Right Dan Hamhuis Chris Tanev Kevin Bieksa Alexander Edler Ryan Stanton Frank Corrado Luca Sbisa Yannick Weber Peter Andersson Bobby Sanguinetti Goaltenders Ryan Miller Eddie Lack Jacob Markstrom Craigs List A list of the Canucks top prospects as ranked by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. A-Level Prospects No. Name Pos. 2013-14 Club 1 Bo Horvat C Edmonton (WHL) 2 Jake Virtanen LW London (OHL) 3 Nicklas Jensen RW Utica (AHL) 4 Hunter Shinkaruk LW Medicine Hat (WHL) 5 Jared McCann C Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) B-Level Prospects No. Name Pos. 2013-14 Club 6 Cole Cassels C Oshawa (OHL) 7 Linden Vey RW Manchester (AHL) 8 Brendan Gaunce C Belleville/Erie (OHL) 9 Thatcher Demko G Boston College (NCAA) 10 Frank Corrado D Utica (AHL) Fantasy - Cullens Player to Watch - Alex Edler Last season was a rough one for Edler, as he scored 22 points and had a league-worst minus-39 rating in 63 games, but that wasnt all on him. His possession numbers were solid enough, but he had ridiculously bad luck in terms of how others shot the puck when he was on the ice. Theres also the matter of Edler remaining a prominent part of the Vancouver power play. The only Canucks defenceman to finish with more power play points last season was Jason Garrison, and hes in Tampa Bay now, so Edler will keep playing a prominent role. Even if Edler plays at a level similar to last season, he would be due for dramatically improved numbers based solely on his on-ice shooting and on-ice save percentages falling more in line with his established career norms. Should he play a little better, and get better percentages, then Edler could have a big rebound year. Derek Bell Astros Jersey . "Last year we were in a ton of situations, late-game situations we couldnt pull out. Wed kind of fold under the pressure, get frustrated or let a big shot frustrate us," guard DeMar DeRozan said. Jim Umbricht Jersey .C. - Canadian ice dancing, it seems, is in good hands. - Even with a new coach, the Denver Nuggets still love to push the basketball. Carlos Correa Jersey . The 10-horse field of 3-year-old pacers will leave the starting gate at approximately 10:14pm et. Co-owned and trained by David Menary, Hes Watching will be driven by Tim Tetrick and is the 5-1 fourth selection in the field. Roberto Osuna Astros Jersey . JOHNS, N.As late summer has turned into early fall, renewed optimism and a much more positive vibe abounds down Stade Saputo way. This was in clear evidence following Wednesdays victory over the Red Bulls, as the club with the worst record in all of Major League Soccer are now within touching distance of a return trip to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League. A significant aspect of this shift in moods has to do with the arrival of a new sheriff in town, Ignacio Piatti, who has had nothing short of a dream like start to his career in Montreal. This is in stark contrast to the trend in MLS for DPs who join their clubs in mid-season. David Beckhams woeful 2007 debut campaign was matched by Thierry Henry who joined the Red Bulls shortly after Frances miserable performance at South Africa 2010. Piattis new soccer soul partner Marco Di Vaio, only managing five goals over the 17 games he played when joining the Impact in summer 2012. Even though he made a somewhat auspicious start during his mid-August debut at home against the Fire, where he was substituted before the hour mark, it was evident what is on Piattis mind when on the ball. Wheres Marco? This was perfectly illustrated with the Impacts winning goal Wednesday night. From Piattis perfectly weighted delivery from well outside the box allowing Di Vaio a sublime first touch with his chest, before instinctively stroking the ball past the onrushing Meara. The club should trademark it, from my vantage point I think Di Vaio had his eyes shut. Such is Piattis ability to find and pick out Di Vaio, its hard to imagine theyve only been playing together for a month. Head Coach Frank Klopas puts it down to telepathy. Telling TSN 690, "Ignattio picked up the ball right away his ability, I think theres a connection between him [Piatti] and Marco. It was just a fantastic pass." Whether or not that connection continues after this season is the source of much speculation currently. Di Vaio who has been more reminiscent of his 2013 self since Piattis arrival - and not the 2012 version we have witnessed through the majority of the season appears headed back to Italy at the end of the season. Or is he? Reports out of Italy suggest Impact owner Joey Saputo will form part of a consortium to purchase Di Vaios previous club Bologna, who currently languish in Italys 2nd Division. It was Di Vaios goals in his final season at Bologna that staved off relegation for the club in spring 2012. Ahead of Wednesdays Champions League encounter Di Vaio addressed this development with a local paper in Bologna and stated he was unaware of Saputos interest in purchasing the beleaguered team. Let alone aware the Impact President, according to reports, is expected in Bologna early next week. Long has it been speculated Di Vaio would one day return to Bologna to hang up his boots and take up a front office position. However the Italian club is unable to compete financially, and if Saputo has the appetite to retain Di Vaio then dont be at all shocked if the Italian marksman is back next seasonn even though Di Vaio himself has said publically he very much doubts he will return.dddddddddddd A benefit of missing out on this seasons playoffs has been the freedom this has allowed Klopas to provide playing time to Academy players who recently have made the shift to the big leagues. The best illustration of this is 19-year old Jeremy Gagnon-Laparé who was signed as homegrown player in early July. Mens national team head coach Benito Floro obviously thinks highly of him, giving Gagnon-Laparé his senior debut as an 18-year old last September. Gagnon-Laparé was almost faultless Wednesday night. Calm and collected on the ball he commanded the space in his central midfield role. He doesnt shirk from the physical aspect, Gagnon-Laparé was involved in the incident which led to Connor Lades red card just after the70 minute mark. Another academy graduate Anthony Jackson-Hamel who was only signed last month saw action late on Wednesday. Only moments after replacing Duka and after displaying the physical nature of his game in winning a ball he had no right to, Jackson-Hamel had a wonderful opportunity to score a second only for the ball to go just wide of a post. With the victory and another vital three points secured, the only way the Impact miss out on the knockout stage will be if the Red Bulls win their two remaining games, which includes the return match against the Impact October 22nd. With the midweek visit to El Salvadors CD Fas the meat in the sandwich that is a home game against the Sounders tomorrow and a trip to the Galaxy September 28th, Im not sure if it was the rain that got to Mike Petkes thinking after the game when he stated his club was still very much in the drivers seat. Whilst its always admirable for a coach to have complete confidence in his team, Petkes comments are right up there with the same rational as Ferguson headhunting David Moyes. As for Klopas, who likes nothing more than strolling around the cobbled streets of Old Montreal as his perfect distraction, theres an added spring in his step these days. "You can take a stroll after a good performance, and a good team victory with a clean sheet, theres a lot of upbeat with everyone," explained the head coach to TSN690 Adding, "Theres a lot of expectations in the city which is something that I like. Im in a place where people really care about the team. They care about us doing really well and I think its nice when youre walking and people stop you and want to talk about the game, and about the team. Thats always enjoyable." "Obviously its always better when youre winning to talk about the game. It was a good walk this morning," Klopas concluded. As music legend Joe Strummer reminded us, The Future is Unwritten but it certainly looks promising in 2015 for the Impact. Wish I could say the same for the leagues new logo. @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter Montreal Impact Vs San Jose Earthquakes Live on TSN 690 Saturday - Kick Off 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. ' ' '

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