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‘We’re in our window,’ says Canucks coach

Apr 30, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Henrik and Daniel Sedin are 32 years old.

Alex Burrows is 32, as well.

Kevin Bieksa is 31.

Dan Hamhuis is 30.

While none of those five are too old for, you know, the earth, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault knows the core of his team is running out of chances to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

“Guys are smart, we’re all getting a little older,” Vigneault said Tuesday, one day prior to Vancouver’s first-round opener versus San Jose (another team that’s not exactly young) at Rogers Arena.

“They understand about the window. We’re in our window.”

Vigneault is also cognizant of the fact head coaches have a limited life span in the NHL. If the Canucks are eliminated early for a second straight season, he may be looking for a new job.

“We all know that. That’s the nature of this business,” he told the Vancouver Sun recently.

“I don’t go into the playoffs worrying about (getting fired). I go into it like it’s another great opportunity for this group. Our motivation is going to be so high. I get the disappointment or frustration from fans because we haven’t won the Cup. But since I’ve been here, we’ve had some great seasons and we’re doing our damn best to win that Cup. I hope our fans understand there’s not one player who won’t do everything they can to get this done. We’re going to go out there and kick some butt.”

As for who will be in goal for the Canucks for Game 1, that’s still to be determined. Cory Schneider says he’s ready to go, but Vigneault says the decision won’t be made until tomorrow.

If Schneider can’t play, Roberto Luongo will start.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Sharks in 6

  2. polegojim - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The window HAS BEEN open for multiple years… and will start closing soon. They have missed multiple good opportunities.

    Stop talking and get it done V-man – just get it done.

  3. sharksman - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Same goes for the Sharks !!! Lets go Sharks !!

  4. dropthepuckeh - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    “I hope our fans understand there’s not one player who won’t do everything they can to get this done…”

    He must be referring to their unreal ability to “draw” penalties this time of year.

    “We’re going to go out there and kick some butt.”

    I hope he works on the pre-game pep talk a little…..

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Whichever coach’s team loses this series will be fired right away, and winning this series might only extend the other coach’s run 2 more weeks if they lose ugly in round 2. Both teams have had the talent for several years now and both team’s windows are closing. Thornton and Marleau are both free agents after next year, same with the Sedins, you’re looking at this current playoff and next year before both teams start making big changes to their core group.

    This really is a huge series for both organizations.

  6. badintent - May 1, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Have Hazel mae drop the puck , the guys will drop their pants and Brian Burke will cal Marc Crawford as his first witness.That’s Rainbow City hockey. Everyone bends over and takes it up the ass.Out in the first round.Close the window, a draft ‘s coming in

  7. valoisvipers - May 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Good, you’re in the window. Now jump.

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