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It’s Vancouver Canucks day on PHT

Aug 13, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Vancouver Canucks.

Before the 2013 campaign started, the big question was who the Vancouver Canucks would trade 34-year-old goaltender Roberto Luongo to in order to facilitate the beginning of the Cory Schneider era.

Of course, Canucks GM Mike Gillis wasn’t able to find a new home for Luongo — or at least never got an offer to his liking — so the question shifted to how they would handle the netminding controversy.

For the most part, it actually worked out fairly well during the regular season. Schneider got the bulk of the starts and posted a 2.11 GAA and .927 save percentage. Luongo’s numbers weren’t nearly as pretty, but his statistics were skewed given the small sample size and two horrendous starts.

Their combined efforts between the pipes helped the Canucks win the Northwest Division despite tepid offensive contributions from most of the team outside of the Sedin twins.

When the playoffs started, Schneider was unavailable due to an undisclosed injury, so Luongo played between the pipes. The San Jose Sharks won Games 1 and 2 of the first-round series, but Luongo still held his own is those contests. Schneider attempted to return for Game 3 and that went poorly with him being yanked after allowing five goals on 28 shots.

Following the match, Sharks captain Joe Thornton poured salt in the wound by saying he felt lucky that the Canucks decided against starting Luongo in Game 3. All the same, Vancouver stuck with Schneider for Game 4 and although he stopped 43 shots, the Sharks still completed the sweep with a 4-3 overtime win.

Offseason recap

After suffering back-to-back first round exits, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was fired and replaced with former New York Rangers bench boss John Tortorella.

That’s a significant change given Tortorella’s reputation, but that was hardly the biggest shocker coming out of Vancouver this summer. After making it clear for quite some time that they were interested in moving Luongo, the Canucks instead decided to trade Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which turned out to be forward Bo Horvat.

Vancouver also used a compliance buyout on 30-year-old defenseman Keith Ballard and signed forward Brad Richardson to a two-year, $2.3 million deal. They still need to ink restricted free agent blueliner Chris Tanev.

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  1. davebabychreturns - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    It’s certainly been a pivotal offseason for the Canucks. I still see them as a safe bet for the playoffs and as competitors for the division title, and the new playoff format is interesting for sure.

    I know lots of people think they’ll be worse than last year but I can’t imagine they’ll have a run of injuries like that again. And of course a fresh approach from the coach (whose preparation and discipline should mark a substantial change from what we’ve seen the last two years) should help too.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I think Torts will instill a different identity in the team. More of the hard work ethic, bring your ‘A’ game night in and night out kind of mentality. No more slacking and no playing favourites. AV always had his favourites and didn’t trust anyone else. That’s why Ballard never worked out in Vancity and why young guys had a hard time in the last couple of years. AV did a great job with the guys he brought along from the AHL and young guys like Tanev, but other young players didn’t get a break cuz they weren’t his favourites. AV didn’t hold all the players accountable for the ice time they were being given.

      Why a guy like Mason Raymond got all the time he did and wasn’t traded instead of Grabner I don’t understand?

      In any case, a new season brings optimism that this group will be held to a higher standard. Torts is hands on and will prepare the team to play his way. The pieces he has are different in VanCity than they were in NY, so I expect a hard working up tempo offensive style, more like what he did in Tampa.

      The team is still solid front top to bottom and has a legit no.1 goalie. Let’s see what happens. The biggest issue will be holding off the Kings and Sharks for first in the Division and then seeing if the team has the systems play and focus to win in the playoffs.

      The last two seasons they have not had the right focus going into the playoffs despite regular season success.

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        oh and the d is second to none with solid pairings all around.

  2. lonespeed - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    It’s ladies night.
    This is your night tonight,
    Everything is going to be alright
    This is your night tonight,

    C’mon girls

    Oh yes, it’s ladies night
    And the feeling’s right

    – Apologies to Keith Sweet for being associated with Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins.

    • imleftcoast - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Great tune to listen to in your mom’s basement.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Who knows, maybe Torts will get them to “man up”. Which may help them realize that they are competing in the NHL and not Olympic Diving.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      It appears that my humnor was less than fully appreciated;)

      • loinstache - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Probably because ‘your humour’ is consists of a long beaten joke, maybe bring your trash talking past the grade school level

      • blomfeld - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        trust me friend, the House of Blomfeld is ‘busting a gut’ with laughter ! :)

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      you mean the way the Hawks players were flopping and whining all over the place against Detroit and L.A.? you mean like that?

  4. barroomhero80 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Nobody likes these assholes

    • kitshky - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Well that’s clearly not true…

  5. chicagofansaretheworst - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    most stuck up team in the nhl that hasnt won anything

  6. bensonj11 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I must say that I do like the Canucks and know others who do. And yes Gillis has been nowhere near classy with how he’s been towards players (specifically ones between the pipes) but that doesn’t mean the whole team is stuck up.

  7. imleftcoast - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Who gives a crap about this kind of nonsense? You play the goddamn games and let the results do the talking.

  8. spochiefsfan - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    If ya don’t wanna read the “nonsense”, don’t come here and just wait for the season to unfold.
    I don’t like fat chicks, so I avoid them. Pretty simple stuff.

    • blomfeld - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      me too, though I do have a thing for ‘sexy’ fatso’s …

  9. blomfeld - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    DECEMBER 6TH, 1941 ?

    Fellow historians will know only too well that on this precise date, a powerful Japanese naval strike force was bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands. Their target was the US Pacific Fleet which laid at anchor in Pearl Harbor, completely unaware of the impending mayhem which was coming their way. Fortunately USS Enterprise slipped out to sea that day and fortunately the Japanese failed to hit either the oil tank farms or the dry dock facilities in their ensuing attack. Nonetheless, great damage was done that day and ‘strife’ went on to take center stage for the next number of years.

    So friends, while I do actually wish the Canucks ‘all the best’ on this their special day (ie mostly because of the Sedin brothers), I nonetheless ‘caution’ those Canuck’s faithful above who are ‘blabbing on’ about divisional titles and such. From my forward position here in the heart of Canuckle Town, I can report to you my fellow LA Kings that these people are now ‘seriously’ primed for the taking, no two ways about it. So when the time comes for us to bring our ‘heels of retribution’ down on their heads yet again together with our Shark, Coyote and Duck comrades, let us do so with a force that resonates with ‘utter’ ruthlessness, conviction and aplomb !

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Shows how much of a kings fan you are when you consider the ducks and sharks your comrades.people who are kings fans in L.A.hate those teams yet here you are looking to them as comrades.sad….

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