Canucks won't go into full rebuild: ‘No steps backwards,’ says Linden

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, president Trevor Linden and general manager Jim Benning talk about the team's prospects for the future at a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 news conference at Rogers Arena. The Canucks were eliminated from the NHL playoffs four days earlier by the Calgary Flames.
 

Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, president Trevor Linden and general manager Jim Benning talk about the team's prospects for the future at a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 news conference at Rogers Arena. The Canucks were eliminated from the NHL playoffs four days earlier by the Calgary Flames.

Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, PNG

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have no intention of going into full rebuild mode next season and will endeavour to make the playoffs again while integrating younger players into their lineup.

That was the crux of the message delivered Wednesday by team president Trevor Linden during a management post-mortem news conference at Rogers Arena.

"We don't plan on taking any steps backwards," said Linden. "We're trying to win. We're trying to make the playoffs and we're going to do everything we can to do that. We need to develop players, but we can't put players in the lineup who aren't ready."

The Canucks surprised many with a 101-point regular season to finish second in the Pacific Division. However, they flopped in the playoffs and were ousted in the first round by the Calgary Flames in six games.

Head coach Willie Desjardins, an NHL rookie at age 57, didn't get into specifics but admitted, in general terms, that he might do things a little differently.

"We are all here for one thing — to win the Stanley Cup," said Desjardins. "When you don't win, you would always change things you did. You just would."

General manager Jim Benning indicated he would not be reluctant to ask players to waive their no-trade clauses if he found a deal that would help improve the team. He also said he would attempt to acquire more picks for the 2015 NHL entry draft after trading away his second- and third-round selections in previous deals.

In other news, Benning revealed that left-winger Ronalds Kenins suffered a sprained knee in Game 5 of the playoffs and is out four to six weeks, so he will not be joining the Utica Comets for their American Hockey League playoff run.

Benning further said that restricted free agent defenceman Yannick Weber is in their plans and will be re-signed. Junior defenceman Jordan Subban, who scored 25 goals for Belleville in the Ontario Hockey League this past season, will also be signed. He was not as forthcoming on pending unrestricted free agents Shawn Matthias and Brad Richardson. Their status is to be determined.

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Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, president Trevor Linden and general manager Jim Benning talk about the team's prospects for the future at a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 news conference at Rogers Arena. The Canucks were eliminated from the NHL playoffs four days earlier by the Calgary Flames.
 

Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, president Trevor Linden and general manager Jim Benning talk about the team's prospects for the future at a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 news conference at Rogers Arena. The Canucks were eliminated from the NHL playoffs four days earlier by the Calgary Flames.

Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, PNG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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