Vancouver Canucks

Ducks’ defense steps up in OT win vs. Canucks


The Anaheim Ducks carried much of the play on Sunday, but it seemed like Ryan Miller might steal one for the Vancouver Canucks. He grabbed Vancouver a standings point, yet defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler scored to give Anaheim a 2-1 OT win.

For Beauchemin, that tying tally was also his first goal of the 2014-15 season, thus providing quite the sense of relief.

In Fowler’s case, the overtime game-clincher was mainly … confusing.

Andrew Cogliano praised his team for doing a “great job defensively” and not panicking despite a considerable disparity in play. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is glad that Anaheim’s hard work and belief paid off.

“The last two periods, we really pressed them,” Boudreau said. “It was nice to see the guys rewarded.”

It was a nice win for the Ducks, but the Canucks seemed upbeat in some ways as well.

“We can feed off the fact they’re one of the best teams in the league and we got a point in their building,” said Yannick Weber, who scored Vancouver’s lone goal.

Ultimately, the Ducks keep finding ways to win, whether you chalk it up to self-confidence, Ryan Getzlaf’s continued strong play or any number of other factors.

Canucks recall defenseman Sanguinetti from Utica

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets.

Sanguinetti, 26, has eight goals and 17 points in 27 AHL games this season.

According to Steve Ewen of The Vancouver Province, Sanguinetti isn’t expected to play tonight when the Canucks visit the Anaheim Ducks or Tuesday night in San Jose.

Sanguinetti’s recall is more of an insurance as the club had just six healthy defenseman on the roster with Dan Hamhuis (groin) still out.

It’s the second time this season Sanguinetti has been recalled. He got the call from the Canucks on Nov. 13, but reassigned Nov. 15 before playing in a game.

Originally the New York Rangers first-round selection (21st overall) in 2006, Sanguinetti has appeared in 45 career NHL games with the Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes where he has two goals and six points.

PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Quinn, Beliveau pass away


In an eleven-day span, the hockey world mourned the loss of two iconic figures — legendary player, coach and executive Pat Quinn passed away on Nov. 23 at the age of 71 and, just over a week later, Montreal Canadiens icon Jean Beliveau died at the age of 83.

Beliveau spent parts of 20 seasons with the Canadiens winning 10 Stanley Cups. He added seven more Championship rings as a member of the club’s management team.

In total, Beliveau appeared in 1,125 games scoring 507 goals and 1,219 points while winning the Art Ross Trophy (1956), Conn Smythe (1965) and the Hart Trophy (1956 and 1964).

Beliveau retired following the 1970-71 season as the franchise leader in points, second in goals and the NHL’s all-time leading playoff scorer. He had his No. 4 raised to the rafters at the Montreal Forum on October 9, 1971.

Quinn broke into the NHL as a player during the 1968-69 season and appeared in 606 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. One of his most memorable moments as a player came during the 1969 playoffs, when he ran over Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr.

Quinn was forced to retire in 1977 due to an ankle injury but wasted little time getting back into the game, joining the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant coach that same year.

During his first full season as head coach of the Flyers, 1979-80, Quinn led the team to a Stanley Cup final appearance where they were defeated in six games by the New York Islanders. After a stop in L.A., Quinn took a coaching job with the Vancouver Canucks where he led the club to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 1994. Quinn’s coaching career also landed him behind the bench in Toronto and Edmonton.

Internationally, Quinn coached Team Canada to a gold medal victory at the 2002 Olympics and won the World Cup in 2004. He also coached Canada to gold medal victories at the U-18 World Championship in 2008 and the U-20 World Junior Championship in 2009.

Tributes for both men came pouring in shortly after they passed.

Several of the organizations Quinn was involved wore a ‘PQ’ decal on their helmets, and the Canucks paid tribute with an emotional pre-game ceremony on Nov. 25th.

Beliveau’s body lie in state at the Bell Centre in Montreal over the weekend of Dec. 6-7 prior to his funeral on Dec. 10. Before the Canadiens’ 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 9, the team honored their longest serving captain with an emotional ceremony of their own.

Canucks clear Hansen to play following mid-game collapse

Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen has been fully cleared to resume playing following a scary incident over the weekend, the club announced on Tuesday.

Hansen, who collapsed at the bench on Saturday following a big hit from Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman, will be eligible to return when the Canucks take on the Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday. The Danish forward was held out of last night’s 7-1 win over Arizona for precautionary measures, after doctors said he needed to pass one final test before getting full clearance to resume activity:

On Monday, Hansen made light of the situation, calling his collapse a “quick nap on the bench.”

PHT interviews Don Maloney, who knows he has a big trade chip in Vermette


Arizona GM Don Maloney understands the quality he’s got in Antoine Vermette.

So too, it seems, do a number of other NHL clubs.

“Antoine has been a good player for us, continues to be a good player for us,” Maloney told PHT on Monday. “There are a lot of teams interested in him.”

The 32-year-old will be a prized target leading up to this year’s trade deadline. Vermette is remarkably well-rounded — leading the Coyotes in scoring, winning draws at a 55 percent clip, known for his solid two-way game — and plays the middle, which is vitally important given the league-wide arms race at that particular position.

“We all know hard it is to find center ice men in this league,” Maloney noted.

It’s also hard to find ones with Vermette’s versatility.

He led Arizona in goals last year, with 24, and finished 14th in Selke voting (tied with Pavel Datsyuk) for the NHL’s top defensive forward. He was the only Coyotes forward to average more than two minutes per game on both the power play and penalty kill. He also led all Arizona forwards in blocked shots (71), finished with 90 hits in 82 games and played the wing when called upon.

So yeah, versatile.

All of which begs the question — why would Arizona trade him?

Well, one, the Coyotes believe they have a top-flight center waiting in the wings in Max Domi. The 13th overall pick at the 2013 draft didn’t make the team this season out of training camp, but is still viewed as the club’s pivot of the future, possibly next year.

“Domi’s not going to be a bottom-line player for us,” Maloney said, shooting down the idea of Domi playing a similar role to what fellow ’13 draftee Bo Horvat’s filling in Vancouver. “We need him to be a top-six forward.

“We have lots of guys that can play the third or fourth line. Our problem is top one or two line guys, and that’s where we see Max in the future.”

Two, it’s not like Maloney wants to trade Vermette.

“I think Antoine likes Arizona, likes his role, likes his coach,” Maloney said when asked how he’d try and sell the player on re-signing.

But the market suggests Vermette’s in for a raise on his current (and affordable) $3.75 million cap hit and, if the Coyotes can’t afford to keep him, they might as well get as much in return as they can.

Of course, ownership uncertainty casts a shadow on most things in Arizona, and the Vermette situation is no different.

“Since day one we’ve been waiting on our ownership to be restructured,” Maloney said, “and we’ll continue to wait on that, and once it gets restructured we’ll see whether there’s an opportunity to re-sign him or not.”

While Vermette re-upping with the Coyotes remains a possibility, carrots dangle elsewhere for both parties; the Coyotes could net a bounty of assets in return via trade, while Vermette could join a Stanley Cup contender and still hit free agency. That’s key, since on a potential UFA list that’s light on centers, he’d rank right near the top of available guys.

(This could, theoretically, also be Vermette’s last kick at a significant payday, which is something else to consider.)

In light of all this, Vermette doesn’t seem long for the desert. Even Maloney said he’s unsure what the future will hold in terms of organizational direction and philosophy, which makes the “re-sign here!” pitch difficult.

“It’s been a little bit of a holding pattern in the sense of you always want to know when the majority owner comes in, what he’s thinking,” Maloney explained. “Is it more of a rebuild? Is it more of a infusion of more resources available?

“So we’ve been waiting on that.”

Related: Vermette is the Coyotes’ Bergeron, says Tippett