The Canucks breezed through the regular season, earning the No.1 seed in the Western Conference. The odds-on-favorite to make the Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks’ plans of winning the title were cut painfully short by the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings.
Canucks Resign Key Players
By: David Schwab
has done an excellent job so far this offseason in re-signing a couple of key
bench players to a new deal. First, it made sure that Cory Schneider remained
in town as its back-up goaltender to Roberto Luongo. The Canucks have been so
impressed with Schnieder’s performance over the past two seasons that Luongo
could very easily become trade bait down the road. The team also came to terms
with left-winger Mason Raymond, who tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in 55 games
last season. After last year’s disappointing exit from the playoffs in the
first round as the odds-on-favorite to win the Western Conference, the Canucks
was to ensure they remained deep on the bench heading into next season as 11/1
third-favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
Canucks Sign Schneider
By: David Schwab
On a team that is still loaded with talent, optimism runs high that next
season will result in that elusive Stanley Cup title run. Bovada tends to agree
that Vancouver has a really good chance, opening the Canucks as 11/1
second-favorites to win it all after Pittsburgh at 15/2.
Cory Schneider remains between the
Vancouver’s top priorities heading into this offseason was to resign goaltender
Cory Schneider to a new contract. The 26-year old netminder has already
indicated that he wanted to remain with the team and Canucks’ general manager
Mike Gillis was adamant that they were not going to let him slip away, so
arriving at a new deal was clearly in the best interest of both parties.
came to the Vancouver organization as the 26th overall selection in
the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played his first full season with the team in
2010/2011, where he went 16-4-2. This past season while sharing the goaltending
duties with Roberto Luongo, he compiled a 20-8 record in 28 starts and had a
goals-against-average of 1.96 and a .937 save percentage. He came in to replace
Luongo in the playoffs and had a 1.31 GAA and .960 save percentage in three
Vancouver lands Garrison in a
priority this offseason was to further bolster a defense that finished the
season ranked fourth in goals allowed with a GAA of 2.33. GM Mike Gillis set
his sights on former Florida Panther defenseman Jason Garrison when the
free-agent signing period opened on July 1.
came to terms on a six-year deal with the team and brings with him the ability
to not only aid in the penalty kill, but to be a force on offense as well. Last
season with the Panthers, he scored 16 goals and chipped-in 17 assists while
leading all defensemen in ice-time with a franchise-record 23:41 average per
Left-winger Mason Raymond signs a new
The Canucks recently announced that they had
come to terms on a new deal with left-winder Mason Raymond. The five-year
veteran tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in 55 games last season, but Vancouver
is hoping that the 26-year old forward can return to the form he demonstrated
in the 2009/2010 season when he played all 82 games and finished with 25 goals
and 28 assists.