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The Canucks were a mess this season. Beyond the Sedins, their offensive attack was uninspiring and the depth of the team was notably poor. Their goaltending wasn't great either. This is a team that has to probably commit to some version of a rebuild.
It's been a tough year for the Canucks, but they just came out of a nine-game losing streak by sweeping three games against all three playoff teams from the Pacific. That kills any talk of the team tanking.
Somehow the Canucks season got even worse. They've been shut out in four of their last six games and have scored just seven total goals over their last eight games. This looks like a team that really wants the No. 1 overall pick.
Daniel Sedin has had enough. He called out his teammates earlier this week, expressing embarrassment over the lack of effort from some of the Canucks. The team is well out of a playoff race, but Canucks fans should take note of Sedin's willingness to hold his teammates accountable. It has been a truly dreadful season.
The big news for the Canucks last week was that they signed gigantic Russian defenseman Nikita Tryamkin. He could add an element to their blue line next season, but there's still a whole lot of work to do.
Canucks fans are still upset about the team's lack of activity as a seller at the trade deadline. The club also fell to 10 points out of the final wild-card spot. The questions for the Canucks' front office is: What's the vision and where is the path forward for this franchise?
The Canucks were a bit of a disaster at the deadline in that they didn't sell what they had to offer. GM Jim Benning is under fire, and rightfully so, for not trying to get some draft picks or prospects out of guys like Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata.
When the season is over, maybe the Canucks can claim themselves to be regional champions. Of the four Canadian teams in the Western Conference, they have the best record. Unfortunately for them, all four make up the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Losing to a Maple Leafs lineup that probably had more players from its AHL roster than the NHL one, and following that up with a loss to a team that had just fired its coach 48 hours prior, you could say things are not going too well in Vancouver right now.
The Canucks' losing streak is at four games, making it tougher and tougher to stay relevant in the Pacific Division. GM Jim Benning has to be a player at the deadline, but he has to have his eyes on the future.
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Impressive wins over Calgary and Anaheim helped the Canucks get off to a 2-0-1 start. Perhaps the biggest positive early is Ryan Miller, who has stopped 92 of the 97 shots he's faced.
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