Tortorella, Canucks with high expectations

Tortorella, Canucks with high expectations
August 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS

2012-13: 26-15-7, 59 points

Where they finished: 1st in the Northwest, 5th in the West, 7th in the NHL

Coach: John Tortorella (1st season)

Key additions: D, Yannick Weber, F Brad Richardson, F Mike Santorelli, F Benn Ferriero

Key subtractions: G Cory Schneider, C Max Lapierre, C Derek Roy

Forwards

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows

David Booth – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian

Chris Higgins – Brad Richardson – Jannik Hansen

Benn Ferriero – Mike Santorelli – Dale Weise

Zach Hamill

Defensemen

Alexander Edler – Kevin Bieksa

Dan Hamhuis – Jason Garrison

Frank Corrado – Christopher Tanev

Yannick Weber 

Goalies

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack 

Our take: The status quo wouldn’t do for the Vancouver Canucks. And so after a second consecutive first-round Stanley Cup playoff loss last season they made a coaching change. And they don’t come much different than former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella, whose high-intensity, shot-blocking style will take some adjusting to from his new players. 

Is the roster set up to play that way? An argument can be made it isn’t. But with the Sedin brothers still cruising along and plenty of offensive talent around them, Tortorella should find a way to keep his club clicking offensively. And center Ryan Kesler, among others, will likely take to his style of hockey right away. 

The shock of the summer was the trade of goalie Cory Schneider for a first round draft pick, which means Roberto Luongo remains in town. No one would have believed that when trade rumors swirled around him last season.         

Offseason Grade: C

Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14:  Yes.