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Postby lw789 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:44 pm

After winning five straight Northwest Division titles, the Vancouver Canucks crash-landed last season and missed the playoffs altogether. Change came quickly. Mike Gillis was fired as president and general manager the day after the regular season ended. Franchise icon Trevor Linden was installed as president with Jim Benning as GM. John Tortorella was soon dismissed as head coach with Willie Desjardins named to replace him. The team parted with or did not bring back veterans Ryan Kesler, David Booth, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli in favour of newcomers Ryan Miller, Radim Vrbata, Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa. As training camp begins after a spring and summer that saw organizational turnover almost from top to bottom, it falls to Benning and his staff to push the Canucks back to their former success and help promote a new identity for the club. "Well have six new players, thats (one) third of our team," Benning explained in conversation with TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "I think when you bring young players into your organization they add enthusiasm and energy. What we tried to do is with the support of our core players, we tried to add depth so we want to be a four-line team. "If you look at L.A. and Anaheim and San Jose, theyre four-line teams. In adding some younger players to our line-up, I think it will be good for our group." With the players now in place, its up to new head coach Desjardins to set the tone for the new season. "Willie is a tireless worker, first of all. His teams have always bought in and worked hard for him, whether it be at the junior level, at the American Hockey League level, he has a way with his players that they work for him and they give him everything theyve got," said Benning. "So I expect us to be a hard-working that uses our skill. Instead of playing a dump-and-chase game, were going to come across the blue line with the puck and were going to take it to the net and use our speed and skill to create scoring chances. Those opportunities to put the puck in the net will be spearheaded, as usual, by Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The pair are turning 34 in two weeks and are coming off a season where both had vastly reduced offensive output. Still, Benning knows that a bounce-back season is squarely in their sights. "They have worked hard the whole summer and they still want to prove to people that theyre elite players in this league - and they are elite players in this league. They had a lot of chances to score last year and their numbers didnt reflect it. But I expect them to come back in this year and be real good players like theyve always been. Vancouver is hoping to reignite the duo with the addition of veteran free agent Radim Vrbata. Hell begin the season as the right-winger on Henrik and Daniels line. "When we talked about how to support (the Sedins), Radims like a give-and-go player," said Benning. "He jumps into the holes and hes a finisher and has a good shot. We think it will be a good fit. Willie is going to try it out and its like anything - until you try it out and see where it goes you dont really know. But we think its going to be a good fit and so I hope it works. The other significant newcomer to the team is Ryan Miller, who ended last season with the St. Louis Blues. Benning was a scout in Buffalo when the Sabres drafted Miller in 1999 and is more than familiar with what the 34-year-old netminder can bring to the Canucks. "I know what kind of personality he is. Hes an intense guy, a focused guy, he wants to win. This year we have a lot of players on our team that have something to prove, whether its to themselves or to each other. Our team from last year still wants to prove to people that theyre still a playoff team, and adding Vrbata and Miller, these guys want to prove that they can be part of a winning team. The other audition figures to come at second-line centre, where the departed Kesler leaves an opportunity for a younger player. McKenzie asked about Nick Bonino, Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, and Linden Vey as possible candidates for the role. "Training camp will bear that out," explained Benning. "Bonino had a very good year in Anaheim last year. Hes a solid 200-foot player, but he has good hands around the net and sets his teammates up for scoring chances. Over the course of training camp and exhibition games that will sort itself out." Benning has full confidence that these changes can put his team back in the post-season after a one-year absence. "We want to get back to where were a competitive team and we can compete for the Cup. So, well get there." Wayne Ellington Jersey . The outdoor event will be played on Dec. 31 between alumni of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Custom Miami Heat Jerseys . 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Shaquille ONeal Jersey . - After sewage backups, toilet overflows and foul smells surfaced the past two years, nothing at the Oakland Coliseum surprises the home team anymore.BROSSARD, Que. - Brian Gionta knows what happened the last time the Montreal Canadiens opened a playoff series with a pair of wins on the road. It was in 2011, and the Boston Bruins stormed back to win on a Nathan Horton shot off a defencemans leg in Game 7 overtime. Before that was 2006, when the Canadiens took the opening two games in Carolina only to drop the next four, partly through losing star centre Saku Koivu to a series-ending eye injury from an accidental high stick by Justin Williams in Game 4. Both times, the team that came back to beat the Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup. After taking their opening two games of this years playoffs with wins of 5-4 and 4-1 over the Lightning in Tampa, Fla., Gionta doesnt want history to repeat itself. "Its huge, but at the end of the day, we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back," the Canadiens captain said Saturday. "We won two games in their building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. "So we need to make sure that our focus is on (Sunday) night and make sure we do what we did in the first two games." Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is set for Sunday night at the Bell Centre, where a wall of sound from the 21,273 spectators is expected to greet the Canadiens. They didnt skate after a late-night flight home from Tampa, but the message from the coach Michel Therrien and his staff was about taking care of business on home ice. "We all understand that the farther you get in the playoffs the more difficult the games are to play," said Therrien. "Were glad were back at home, but I like our focus. "We have a business mentality. Its about preparing ourselves for (the next game)." Therrien has much to be pleased about. His team has had the edge on the Lightning for all but the first period of Game 2 on Saturday night, when strong goaltending from Carey Price kept the game scoreless until Montreal took control in the second frame on a power-play goal from David Desharnais and Rene Bourques first of the game. Brendan Gallagher and Bourque added goals in the third before Teddy Purcell got one — on a power play plus the goalie pulled for an extra attacker — at 18:01. The Desharnais goal broke a nine-game drought for the Montreal power play. They have also been getting scoring from all four lines. EEight different forwards have scored goals, which takes some pressure off the top unit of Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek.dddddddddddd Desharnais got his first goal in 12 career post-season games, while Paciorettys assist on the same tally was his first point in six career playoff games. The line combined for 22 shots in two games, so it should produce more as the playoffs go on. The Canadiens also took advantage of the absence of Tampa Bays injured top goalie Ben Bishop by beating Anders Lindback eight times in two games and adding another against Kristers Gudlevskis — the Latvian who made 55 stops in a 2-1 loss to Canada at the Sochi Olympics. Gudlevskis let in one goal on three Montreal shots. And they held Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos to two goals, both in Game 1, and no assists, although the gifted sniper has nine shots on goal. So the Canadiens are in good position to win a playoff series for the first time since goalie Jaroslav Halaks heroics got them to the Eastern Conference final in 2010. But they know how far away that goal is. All-time, the Canadiens are 49-5 when leading a best-of-seven series 2-0, but have lost three of the last four times in that situation. "Theyre going to make adjustments," said Gionta. "Its the playoffs and youve got to try to read what theyre going to do, make adjustments on the fly, and see what happens. "I thought we did a fairly good job of that (Friday) night. We need to do it again." Giontas line with centre Lars Eller and left-winger Bourque has been particularly solid. Eller entered this years post-season with two assists in eight career games, but now leads the team with a goal and two assists. Bourque was a target for fans all through a sub-par regular season with nine goals in 63 games in which he was made a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. He sat out five straight games in March. He may get a warmer reception after two solid games in Tampa, including his first career playoff game with more than one goal. "Since hes back in our lineup, before the playoffs, Rene Bourque was playing the way we expect him to play," said Therrien. "We dont judge players only on goals and assists. "What I like is that hes engaged in the game. Hes physical. Hes going hard to the net and he got rewarded." 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