Skip to content

It’s Vancouver Canucks Day at PHT

Aug 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Eddie Lack AP

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

After back-to-back first round exits under head coach Alain Vigneault, Canucks GM Mike Gillis fired Vigneault and replaced him with John Tortorella under the belief that the new bench boss would make Vancouver a better playoff team. Things obviously didn’t go as planned.

Vancouver ranked 28th in the league in goals scored per game and Tortorella’s system drew a lot of heat due to those offensive woes. Even the Sedin twins weren’t exempt as Henrik and Daniel finished the campaign with 50 and 47 points respectively.

Without much offensive support, the situation became dire in Vancouver. Although Tortorella initially led them to a 23-11-6 record, the Canucks went into a 13-24-5 free fall. Over the course of that collapse, they were subjected to a number of humbling events.

The Canucks suffered a 9-1 blowout loss to Anaheim on Jan. 15, which was so bad that Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau seemed to expressed some regret for the way his team humiliated Vancouver.

Mere days after that, Tortorella lost his cool due to a game-opening line brawl against Calgary and tried to enter the Flames’ dressing room. That earned him a 15-day suspension.

Vancouver arguably hit rock bottom when it collapsed against the Islanders on March 10. The Canucks had a 3-0 lead in that game before they conceded seven goals in the third period. Ryan Kesler, who is now with Anaheim after requesting a trade, called that collapse embarrassing.

What’s the good news for Vancouver? All of that is in the past now.

Offseason recap

The Canucks have been nothing if not active this summer. For starters Gills and Tortorella are out in Vancouver and have been replaced by new GM Jim Benning and head coach Willie Desjardins. The Canucks also named Trevor Linden as the team president in April.

As mentioned above, the Canucks accommodated Kesler by trading him and a 2015 third round pick to Anaheim in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, a 2014 first round pick (Jared McCann), and a third round selection. The Canucks then sent that third round pick to the Rangers to get Derek Dorsett while New York drafted Keegan Iverson.

On top of all that, the Canucks dealt Jason Garrison, Jeff Costello, and a 2015 seventh round selection to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a second round pick, which they then used to get 23-year-old forward Linden Vey from the Kings. Los Angeles drafted Roland McKeown with the pick.

They also signed goaltender Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million contract and forward Radim Vrbata to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Ducks to recall Gibson on Monday

    Oct 20, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT

    John Gibson Getty Images

    The goaltender was sent to the AHL for a pair of games over the weekend.

  2. Andersen picks up first career shutout in Ducks win over Blues

    Oct 19, 2014, 10:56 PM EDT

    Frederik Andersen Frederik Andersen

    Defenseman Sami Vatanen has first career two-goal game

  3. Report: Brodie’s contract extension with Calgary expected Monday

    Oct 19, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    T.J. Brodie #7 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 12, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
(April 11, 2013 - Source: Derek Leung/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    Five years with an annual average value of $4.6 million.

  4. Gaudreau leads Flames past Jets

    Oct 19, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    Johnny Gaudreau Getty Images

    Responds to being a healthy scratch by showing up on the scoresheet.

  5. Rangers blank Sharks

    Oct 19, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three Getty Images

    Lundqvist makes 33 saves for his first shutout of the season.

  6. Blue Jackets’ McElhinney expected to miss a week

    Oct 19, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Anton Forsberg recalled from Springfield.

  7. Video: Rangers score twice in record time

    Oct 19, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Martin St. Louis AP

    St. Louis and Nash give Rangers a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

  8. Lightning recall Drouin

    Oct 19, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    Lightning Camp Hockey AP

    Appeared in two AHL games on conditioning assignment.

  9. Stars make roster moves

    Oct 19, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Toronto Maple Leafs Getty Images

    Jokipakka recalled. Nichushkin placed on IR.

  10. Horvat (shoulder) sent on conditioning assignment

    Oct 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Bo Horvat Getty Images

    When he’s healthy, the Canucks will have to decide if he fits into their lineup.

  11. Lupul: Leafs fans in Detroit gave ‘better energy’ than in Toronto

    Oct 19, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings Getty Images

    He wasn’t alone in praising the out-of-market fans.

Featured video

Bruins faithful should be worried

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (3152)
  2. M. Gaborik (2583)
  3. E. Staal (2573)
  4. J. Drouin (2414)
  5. J. Spezza (2369)