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Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, back, stands behind Ilya Mikheyev, from left to right, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Playing out the string should give the Canucks plenty of time for evaluation

Situation offers new coach Rick Tocchet a chance to give himself an extended training camp

 

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat skates off the ice after being named the first star of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Friday, January 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Horvat trade looks to be a premature swing and a missed opportunity

Canucks didn’t address their most pressing needs and probably should have waited

 

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat prepares to take a faceoff during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Friday, January 27, 2023. The rebuild of the Vancouver Canucks has begun, with centre Horvat heading to the New York Islanders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks like timing, return in trading captain Bo Horvat to Islanders

Allvin says Pettersson and Hughes could be potential replacements as captain

 

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Islanders acquire Bo Horvat in trade with Canucks

The former Canucks captain was set to represent them at the NHL All-Star Weekend

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In this April 16, 1961, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Bobby Hull smiles in the dressing room beside the Stanley Cup after Chicago defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, to win the NHL Championship, in Detroit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull dead at 84; First NHLer to score more than 50 goals

Former Chicago star’s defection from the NHL helped launch the rival WHA in the ’70s

In this April 16, 1961, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Bobby Hull smiles in the dressing room beside the Stanley Cup after Chicago defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, to win the NHL Championship, in Detroit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
Former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. (Photo submitted)

PODCAST: Goaltender turned broadcaster Kelly Hrudey

MOJ on Sports: Hrudey does advocacy work in the field of mental health

Former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates his first goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. In a season marked by loss and frustration, the Russian forward with the dimpled grin, gravity defying hair and enthusiastic goal celebrations has been a rare bright spot both on and off the ice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Why not sign two years?:’ Vancouver Canucks winger Kuzmenko happy with extension

Russian winger inks $5.5 million deal keeping him in Vancouver until 2025

Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates his first goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. In a season marked by loss and frustration, the Russian forward with the dimpled grin, gravity defying hair and enthusiastic goal celebrations has been a rare bright spot both on and off the ice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Bettman: 2018 Canada junior team investigation ‘really close to the end’

‘We’re trying to work it through when we get to the end and we want to get it right’

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Chicago Blackhawks’ Jason Dickinson (17) jumps over Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) and Tyler Myers to avoid a collision during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks rally in third to beat Blackhawks 5-2 in new coach Rick Tocchet’s debut

Canucks outshot the Blackhawk 48-14 and failed to score on five power-play chances

Chicago Blackhawks’ Jason Dickinson (17) jumps over Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) and Tyler Myers to avoid a collision during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, front left, and general manager Patrik Allvin listen during a news conference after the NHL hockey team announced Tocchet’s hiring, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Canucks should be nothing but embarrassed in wake of coaching change

Situation was very poorly handled and the team has no one to blame but themselves

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, front left, and general manager Patrik Allvin listen during a news conference after the NHL hockey team announced Tocchet’s hiring, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A woman cheers and holds a sign as hundreds of fans gather in support of Vancouver Canucks' enforcer Gino Odjick outside Vancouver General Hospital on Sunday June 29, 2014. Odjick had announced he was diagnosed with Amyloidosis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

PODCAST: Gino Odjick, one of the most popular Canucks of all time

MOJ on Sports: Fan favorite dies at age 52 from Amyloidosis

A woman cheers and holds a sign as hundreds of fans gather in support of Vancouver Canucks' enforcer Gino Odjick outside Vancouver General Hospital on Sunday June 29, 2014. Odjick had announced he was diagnosed with Amyloidosis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau responds to questions during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. After a too-long summer, the Vancouver Canucks are locked on a singular goal as they prepare for training camp: playoffs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks’ Boudreau emotional amid rumors of imminent firing

Boudreau’s job security has been in question since the Canucks got off to an 0-5-2 start

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau responds to questions during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. After a too-long summer, the Vancouver Canucks are locked on a singular goal as they prepare for training camp: playoffs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller accepts a saber from Terry Pegula, owner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, as Miller was honored before the Sabres’ NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

All-time great Hasek assists Sabres in honouring goalie Ryan Miller

Miller, who broke some of Hasek’s records, joins him with his number in the rafters

Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller accepts a saber from Terry Pegula, owner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, as Miller was honored before the Sabres’ NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
FILE - Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov plays during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. Flyers coach John Tortorella continues to defend defenseman Ivan Provorov following his boycott of the team’s Pride night festivities. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Flyers coach Tortorella defends Provorov’s Pride boycott

Russian defenseman did not participate in warmup featuring Pride-themed jerseys

FILE - Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov plays during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. Flyers coach John Tortorella continues to defend defenseman Ivan Provorov following his boycott of the team’s Pride night festivities. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Director and narrator Jason Priestley, right, interviews former Toronto Maple Leafs player Jim McKenny about former Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard for a new documentary in this undated handout photo. Priestley, the narrator and director of “Offside: the Harold Ballard Story, wants Canadians to draw their own conclusions on the irascible sports magnate who also owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lone Eagle Entertainment, Sam Lim

Priestley’s ‘Offside’ paints a complex portrait of former Leafs owner Harold Ballard

Known for his attention-grabbing outbursts, the irascible Ballard inspired many different takes

Director and narrator Jason Priestley, right, interviews former Toronto Maple Leafs player Jim McKenny about former Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard for a new documentary in this undated handout photo. Priestley, the narrator and director of “Offside: the Harold Ballard Story, wants Canadians to draw their own conclusions on the irascible sports magnate who also owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lone Eagle Entertainment, Sam Lim
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos, left, scores against Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, to record his 500th career goal during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lightning’s Steven Stamkos scores 500th NHL goal against Canucks

Milestone part of a hat trick in a 5-2 Lightning win

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos, left, scores against Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, to record his 500th career goal during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Violet Boehm, left, kisses former Vancouver Canucks’ enforcer Gino Odjick as he’s wheeled back into Vancouver General Hospital after coming out to greet hundreds of fans that gathered to support him in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday June 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: ‘Legend’ not too strong a word for Gino, an all-time Canuck

Odjick earned every inch of the love Vancouver fans gave to him

Violet Boehm, left, kisses former Vancouver Canucks’ enforcer Gino Odjick as he’s wheeled back into Vancouver General Hospital after coming out to greet hundreds of fans that gathered to support him in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday June 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations and Interim General Manager Jim Rutherford listens during his first news conference since being hired by the NHL hockey team, in Vancouver, on Monday, December 13, 2021. The Vancouver Canucks’ president of hockey operations says the team needs “major surgery” but stopped short of calling for a rebuild. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks need ‘major surgery’ but not rebuild: Rutherford

GM says team has to make changes before the start of next year and not all of them will be popular

New Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations and Interim General Manager Jim Rutherford listens during his first news conference since being hired by the NHL hockey team, in Vancouver, on Monday, December 13, 2021. The Vancouver Canucks’ president of hockey operations says the team needs “major surgery” but stopped short of calling for a rebuild. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
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