All That Has Transpired: Vancouver Canucks

We’re going to take a look at each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as well as promising prospects.

 Today, we take a look at the Vancouver Canucks.


Photo Credit: Jenelle Schneider

Photo Credit: Jenelle Schneider

Radim Vrbata
Nick Bonino
Derek Dorsett
Jake Virtanen
Jared McCann
Luca Sbisa
Ryan Miller

Ryan Kesler
Mike Santorelli
David Booth
Zac Dalpe
Jason Garrison

Promising Prospects
Thatcher Demko
Jake Virtanen
Jared McCann

The Vancouver Canucks severely underperformed last season under former Head Coach John Tortorella. Canucks fans were hoping for change and they got it… A lot of it. Vancouver was incredibly active this offseason.  Pretty sure they had “Out With The Old, In With The New” tshirts made at some point.

Torts and his entire coaching staff were let go and replaced by AHL Calder Cup winning coach, Willie Desjardins. Prior to joining the Canucks, Desjardins turned down an offer to coach Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If an entire coaching staff wasn’t enough of a change, the Canucks also have a new General Manager. They hired Jim Benning, former understudy to Boston’s Peter Chiarelli, in the early stages of the offseason.

The turnovers continued in Vancouver and the Canucks used up their second compliance buyout on David Booth. The move saved the Canucks some cap space by getting them off the hook for the final two seasons of Booth’s contract.

After all of that, the Canucks STILL weren’t finished. Then the trades started rolling in… Ryan Kesler was traded during the NHL Draft to Anaheim for Luca Sbisa, Nick Bonino, and a first-round draft pick. Jason Garrison was sent to Tampa Bay soon after for a second round pick.

All of this happened before Free Agency was even open. On July 1st, Ryan Miller signed for three-years and $18-million contract, while Radim Vrbata agreed to a two-year deal with the Canucks.

Vancouver should be a much more competitive team this season. Maybe even a playoff team if all goes well. Vrbata might just help Henrik and Daniel Sedin get their careers back on track. Miller will provide the team with stable goaltending, and from what has been reported about Desjardins, the Canucks should be a better-coached team than they were last season.