Well, here we go again. Another season is upon us and Canucks fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting the drop of the puck. The night will start with sadness and a memorial to late Canucks defenseman Luc Bourdon. The club will then attempt to honour his memory with a solid opening night performance.
With a high turnover ratio from the squad that missed last years playoffs, fans are wondering what type of club they are going to see. If the clubs preseason performance is any indication, this is going to be a hard working, fast skating, tougher hockey club. It sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered for a team that was often accused of not putting in a consistent effort on many nights last year.
If the defense can stay healthy and younger talent and new blood can chip in goals, this club has the chance to compete in the Northwest Division, perhaps the the toughest division in hockey. That task starts tonight with division rival Calgary the visitor, in what should be a spirited affair to kick off the season.
With pundits and hockey “experts” everywhere predicting the Canucks to miss the playoffs, the motivation for this team to succeed should be easy to muster up. New GM Mike Gillis has standards that he wants maintained and he will be keeping a gauge on the early pulse of this team. With close to 10 million in his pocket to spend, and an owner willing to spend it, the Canucks have a card to play if things shouldn’t go smoothly to start the year.
Starting things off with a win over the Flames tonight, would be a good start indeed. Make sure you check in for all the latest discussion in our traditional game day thread on our discussion forum.
It’s a big year for CanucksCorner.com
As our regulars have noticed, the format of this site is changing, and we’ve entered the world of blogging. Hopefully as we build a stable of regular contributors, you’re going to find a diverse and unique perspective on Canucks hockey, form the view of the fan.
Our new format combined with our participation and networking with the new Canucks Fanzone over at Canucks.com and some very exciting things will be happening with the site this season.
Please bear with me, as the site is still a work in progress. I’ll be figuring things out as we go, and I hope that in the end this is going to be even a better place to discuss Canucks hockey. This our 12th season on the web and we’re still loving every minute of it!