The Vancouver Canucks were formed in 1945 and joined the NHL in 1970 as an expansion
team. The team has been based in Vancouver, Canada ever since their inception and they
play in the northwest division and the Western Conference. Throughout the course of their
history, fans have always bought plenty of Vancouver Canucks tickets. However, these
Vancouver Canucks tickets holders have yet to see their team lift the coveted Stanley Cup.
However, the team has won nine division titles, two presidents' trophies, and three
conference championships. Their most recent success was the conference title in 2010-11,
when they were defeated in the final and could not manage to win the Stanley Cup.
Over the past few decades, there have been some terrific players who have played for the
Vancouver Canucks. People who buy Vancouver Canucks tickets have had the chance to see
players such as Igor Larionov, Mark Messier, Cam Neely, Pavel Bure, and Mats Sundin. The
likes of Sam Smyl, Trevor Linden, and Markus Naslund are also Canucks legends in their own
The past five seasons have not been easy for fans of the Canucks. While they have kept on
buying Vancouver Canucks tickets in high numbers, they have not managed to witness the
Stanley Cup triumph they have craved. The team did not make the playoffs in 2007-08. They
lost in the Semis of the playoffs in 2008-09 and 2009-10, to the Blackhawks on both
occasions. The 2010-11 season was a success up until the final game of the season, when
they lost the Stanley Cup to the Bruins. 2011-2012 brought more playoff action but a
disappointing QF defeat ended their season.
12-9-13: The Canucks went 2-6-2 over their last 10 games in November, and started off December well wins over Nashville, Phoenix and Colorado. Vancouver currently sits in the final wild card spot in the West, with Colorado one point ahead and Phoenix two points behind. Why John Tortorella continues to have Tom Sestito in the lineup baffles me. The 6'5", 228-pound goon has just two points and a minus-seven rating in 32 games this season.
12-2-13: Entering this past week, the Canucks had all but two wins in the entire month of November, yet they managed to equal that total in all of four days. After a lousy home stand, Vancouver won two out of three away from Rogers Arena. Alex Burrows has been a good productive player for Vancouver over the past couple of seasons. Yet Burrows has just three points, all of them assists, in 17 games this season.
11-25-13: The Canucks have been sputtering of late going 3-4-3 over their last 10 games played. Vancouver’s only win this week was a 6-2 thumping of the Blue Jackets. The Sedins have played well this season combining for 56 points thus far. The problem with Vancouver lies in their secondary scoring. After the Sedins and Kesler, there is not much help. The Canucks have a big game against the Rangers this week as John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault square off for the first time in New York.
11-18-13: The Canucks dropped both games they played this week to Dallas and San Jose. They ran into a hot Kari Lehtonen who stopped 42 shots, and then Antti Niemi made 34 saves to beat Vancouver. The Canucks powerplay currently sits at 27th overall in the NHL clicking at 11.6 percent. Vancouver has an NHL worst 5.8 percent shooting percentage with the man advantage. As of today, the Canucks would be out of the playoffs in the highly-competitive Western Conference.
11-12-13: The Canucks have dropped three of their last four games, but have close in all four games. Mike Santorelli has 12 points through 20 games while Brad Richardson has 10 points in 20 games. Santorelli is averaging over 20:00 minutes of ice time per night. The crazy thing about the success of Santorelli and Richardson is both were depth acquisitions at the start of the season. The Canucks have a better record on the road than they do at home.
11-5-13: On Pavel Bure jersey retirement night last Satuday, the Canucks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0. Vancouver is 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and is still fourth in the Pacific Division. Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin, and Daniel Sedin are three of the league’s top four forwards in ice time. Love him or hate him, John Tortorella is getting the Canucks to play his style of hockey. You have to admit the Canucks are much more discipline and better team with Torts at the helm.
10-29-13: Vancouver went 5-1-1 on their seven-game road trip, including a 3-2 overtime win against the Blues. The Canucks power play has struggled this year. Their 11.8% is good for 24th overall in the NHL. The Canucks have been terrible this year with the five-on-four shooting percentage. Vancouver is shooting 5.3%, which is far behind the team’s rate from last season. The much maligned John Tortorella has been getting the best out of his players so far this season in Vancouver.
10-21-13: Who would have thought former Florida Panther Mike Santorelli would be the Canucks leading goal scorer? Santorelli has four goals and two assists on the year and is receiving a career high 18:32 per game in ice time. The Canucks played an epic game against the Pens last Saturday in which they lost in the shootout. Their powerplay is ranked 27th overall in the league which should have head coach John Tortorella concerned. Super pest Alex Burrows is sidelined with an ankle injury.
10-14-13: Part of the Canucks struggles early on is their unsuccessful powerplay. They ranked in the bottom half of the league in powerplay percentage. The slow starts of Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins should have Canucks fans worried. Kesler, who has been injury prone over the last three seasons, is crucial if Vancouver wants to win that elusive first Stanley Cup. Chris Higgins has never found his groove since coming to the Canucks from Florida in 2011.
10-7-13: John Tortorella got his first win in Vancouver against the Oilers after a disappointing opening-night loss to San Jose. They came back from 3-0 down to beat Calgary in overtime. Much maligned goaltender Roberto Luongo has been okay in his two starts.
9-4-13: and with new coach, John Tortorella at the helm, this 2013-14 NHL Season will be an interesting one. Only one player on the current Vancouver roster is familiar with John Torts’ rough coaching style, and, gathered from the quotes from players, anticipation of training camp stems from apprehension and mystery about their new bench boss. New additions to the line-up include acquiring UFA forwards Brad Richardson, Ben Ferriero and Yannick Weber solidifies the insurance that youth is tantamount in the pursuit of success.
The Canucks are a talent-laden team that is highly competitive in a tight Pacific Division. The tough coaching style of John Tortorella could transform the soft, scorned skin of last years Canucks in to the rough, riot on the ice team that were one victory away from Lord Stanley two years ago. The only problem is they have they Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and Phoenix Coyotes, whose players know their coaches and perennially contend for Pacific Division’s number one spot.
7-25-13: Veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo will be back with the Canucks next season.
Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #9 (via Devils): Bo Horvat, C
Pick #24: Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW
Pick #85: Cole Cassels, C
Pick #115: Jordan Subban, D
Pick #145: Anton Cederholm, D
Pick #175: Mike Williamson, D
Pick #205: Miles Liberati, D