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Daniel Sedin of Vancouver Canucks leaves game on a stretcher after hit

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By Darian Somers

Daniel Sedin left Sunday’s game on a stretcher with 2:44 left in the second period after Calgary’s Paul Byron hit him hard from behind.

Byron was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

Sedin and Byron headed into the corner, where Sedin won the battle for the puck, but the hit sent the Canucks winger’s head crashing into the glass.He had to have his neck immobilized as he left the ice, but appeared to be talking and alert after the hit.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Vancouver Canucks take leap of faith with new president Trevor Linden

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    Trevor Linden (left) is the new president of the Vancouver Canucks

    Canucks icon Trevor Linden (left, with Stan Smyl) may have to contend with a meddling owner. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Their season isn’t officially over, but the reconstruction of the Canucks has begun in earnest.

    A day after sending GM Mike Gillis packing, Vancouver continued its front-office makeover with the hiring of franchise legend Trevor Linden as the team’s new president.

    According to a team release, Linden will be responsible for all hockey operations, including the coaching and scouting staffs, player procurement and development, and minor league affiliations and operations.

    “Today is a real honour,” Linden said. “I came to Vancouver 26 years ago and I have never left. I love this city. It is my home and the Canucks have always been part of my family. I’m passionate about the Canucks and I want to win — just like our fans. I believe in this team and share the organization’s commitment to excellence on and off of the ice. I am looking forward to getting started — getting to know everyone in the organization, and working together to win the Stanley Cup for this great city.”

    We’ll have to take him at his word there — even though he lied to us all yesterday.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Vancouver Canucks fire GM Mike Gillis

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    Coach John Tortorella and fired GM Mike Gillis of the Vancouver Canucks.

    Coach John Tortorella (left) has won the rumored “him or me” battle with GM Mike Gillis. (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    You knew someone, and probably multiple someones, would pay the price for Vancouver’s dismal season after the team was officially eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night.

    The team’s fans made it clear whose head they wanted with chants of “Fire Gillis” during that listless 3-0 loss to the Ducks.

    Today, they got their wish. The team announced the dismissal of Gillis on Tuesday afternoon.

    “On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure,” owner Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. “The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike’s leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.”

    “I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season,” Aquilini continued. “We haven’t met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal.”

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Trevor Linden to be new president of Vancouver Canucks? Not so fast…

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    Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden

    Canucks icon Trevor Linden (right) has a good reason to deny that the team is about to hire him. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    TSN’s Bob McKenzie has cultivated a reputation for being one of the hockey world’s best-connected insiders. So when he tweeted this morning that Trevor Linden was about to be named the new president of the Vancouver Canucks, well, the story quickly gained traction.

    Except with Linden.

    The franchise legend was previously scheduled for an appearance on Vancouver’s Global TV to talk about a new gym he’s opening in the area, but McKenzie’s tweet quickly changed the focus of the interview.

    But Linden, speaking with host Steve Darling, decided to play killjoy.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Wild on verge of playoff berth; Rangers clinch thanks to Devils’ loss

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    The Wild are on the verge of a playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    The Wild are on the verge of a wild card playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    The NHL is one night closer to figuring out who will earn the right to gut it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup. All three games on Monday night carried playoff implications as some teams had their hopes of playing for the hardware all but confirmed, while others were officially crossed off the list of contenders.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin leaves game against Sabres with injury

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    After being honored for his 1,000 NHL game milestone, Henrik Sedin left Sunday's game against the Sabres with an apparent leg injury. (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Henrik Sedin and the Canucks have endured a painful, disappointing season. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Henrik Sedin didn’t get to finish his 1,000th NHL game.

    After being honored with a pregame ceremony, Vancouver’s captain was forced to leave Sunday’s match against Buffalo after suffering an apparent leg injury with about five minutes left to play in the second period. He was skating behind the net when he got caught up with Sabres forward Tyler Ennis, who fell, slightly bending Sedin’s leg. Sedin finished his shift, but needed attention on the bench before he was taken down the tunnel to the dressing room. He didn’t return.

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  • Published On Mar 23, 2014
  • Impressive Kevin Bieksa kick save helps Canucks skate past Panthers

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    By Mike McMahon 

    The microscope was on goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack Sunday afternoon when the two faced off against each other for the first time since Luongo was traded on March 4 from Vancouver to Florida. Lack and the Canucks would pull out the victory, winning 4-3 in a shootout, but it was Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa who made the save of the game.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • VIDEO: Canucks’ Ryan Kesler leaves game vs. Jets with apparent leg injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Add it to your list of things to worry about, Canucks fans:

    With less four minutes to go in the second period, Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler suffered a leg-on-leg collision that knocked him out of Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

    The Canucks announced via Twitter that Kesler will return to Vancouver while the team continues on a road swing that includes stops in Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay.
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  • Published On Mar 12, 2014
  • Vancouver trades disgruntled goalie Roberto Luongo to Florida Panthers

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    Eddie Lack and Roberto Luongo

    Lack of experience: The Canucks now turn to unproven Eddie Lack (left) as Roberto Luongo departs. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    After an 18-month goaltending drama highlighted by trade demands, parody videos, emotionally charged press conferences and a rowdy, chanting crowd at the Heritage Classic, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis chose to hand his team’s net over to … Eddie Lack?

    Somehow the unheralded Swedish prospect finds himself the undisputed No. 1 keeper in Vancouver after a stunning trade on Thursday that sent long-time starter Roberto Luongo to Florida, where, deliciously, he’ll be partnered with 2011 Stanley Cup rival Tim Thomas.

    The Canucks also tossed minor league forward Steven Anthony into the package and will receive goaltending prospect Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias in return. The Canucks will also pick up 15 percent of Luongo’s tab.

    That’s not exactly the sort of bountiful haul that will push Vancouver’s much-needed rebuild forward — Markstrom is 24 and has failed multiple times to seize a job in Florida — but this wasn’t a hockey trade for Gillis. This was about ending a soap opera that had gone on too long, and which had threatened to erupt again after Luongo was benched by coach John Tortorella for last Sunday’s Heritage Classic game.

    And it was about moving an unmovable contract that will count $5.333 million against the cap through the 2021-22 season.

    In those ways Gillis can call himself a winner. Vancouver can move on with Lack — a respectable young netminder — and some cap space which can be put to other uses moving forward.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Canucks and Senators celebrate their history with Heritage Classic uniforms

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    Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Millionaires NHL throwback jerseys

    Captains Jason Spezza of the Sens and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks will sport a throwback look. (Courtesy of NHL)

    By Tim Newcomb

    For the outdoor Heritage Classic in Vancouver on Sunday, the Canucks will take us 100 years into their past by wearing their historic Millionaires sweaters for a celebration of the city’s 1915 Stanley Cup Final vs. the original Ottawa Senators. First worn by the team last season, their uniforms honor Vancouver’s original hockey stars, specifically the Pacific Coast Hockey Association chanpions who swept the Senators of the National Hockey Association in three games.

    For Sunday’s matchup, the visiting Senators were originally planning to wear their third jersey–a black-based red- and white-striped look with a large O on the chest–but the dark color scheme did not provide enough contrast to Vancouver’s dark maroon, so Ottawa switched from black to white. But their sweaters will offer historical elements from an eight-year span, 1920 to 1927, when the Senators won the Stanley Cup four times. The large “O” crest is a throwback to a design the team wore until 1934 and the horizontal stripes and cream background on the chest, arms and socks, borrows from a barber pole look of the past, one that the Montreal Canadiens revisited during their centennial celebration in 2009.

    Both the Canucks and Senators are currently struggling to make the playoffs, but perhaps harkening back to their old winning days will inspire some first-rate hockey in open-air B.C. Place on Sunday.

    NEWCOMB: Heritage Classic can go indoors fast

    Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014


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