The Vancouver Canucks have seemed destined to win the Stanley Cup over the past few seasons. The Canucks have posted multiple President’s Trophy seasons and made a run to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2010-2011 season. The Canucks seemed to have a wealth of talent including Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Roberto Luongo as a top goaltender.
The Canucks have put together great regular seasons winning the last two President’s Trophy, but seem to have a team built for regular season success. The Canucks lost 4 games to 1 in the first round of the 2011-2012 playoffs to the L. A. Kings. The playoff loss may not have been the worst part of the playoffs however. Roberto Luongo has been considered by some as the #1 goaltender in the NHL. He currently holds the Canucks team record for shut outs and wins. In the 2011-2012 playoffs Luongo struggled and was eventually replaced by backup goaltender Cory Schneider.
Luongo has now expressed interest in moving on from Vancouver, but no deal has been done. The Canucks have not made a lot of offseason noise, but with Luongo going on radio and saying he wants to be traded, it may be hard to do anything without first addressing their disgruntled goaltender’s requests. The Canucks were rumored to be interested in Shea Webber, a British Columbia native, but he went back to Nashville after signing an offer sheet with the Flyers. The Canucks have been rumored to of offered Shane Doan a contract, but he still remains unsigned, as the ownership situation in Phoenix beings to shape out.
The one thing that really seems to stick out with the Canucks is toughness when the playoffs come around. The Sedin twins are known as scoring, but not checking, forwards. The team was definetly not prepared to play physical with the L. A. Kings, and seemed to be bullied around by the more athletic, albeit less technically skilled, King’s players.
This is not based on facts, but I do not see the Canucks winning a third President’s Trophy and can see them struggling this coming year. The Canucks roster has several core players, who have 7 years or more with team, but have not been able to bring the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. If the Canucks are not in a solid playoff spot by the trade deadline I could see the team parting ways with some of their veterans in an attempt to rebuild the team for the future.