What’s In Store For the Canucks

Canucks Elias Pettersson (R) and J.T. Miller (L)

There has been a lot of news going around the Vancouver Canucks recently, like changes to the coaching staff and rumors about players coming and going. Let’s dive in and see what all the buzz is about.

Canucks Fire Bruce Boudreau

On Sunday, Jan. 22, the Vancouver Canucks decided it was time to end the drama and part ways with coach Bruce Boudreau. Rick Tocchet took his place, now the 21st coach for the Canucks. Tocchet held his first practice on Monday, Jan. 23, and the new coach says it went well.

“I was happy. I thought the pace was good. First day, I’m sure the guys’ heads were spinning with anxiety and stuff like that,” he said to the media after practice. “But it was good.”

In the past two NHL seasons, Tocchet has been TNT’s studio analyst. But before, he was the head coach for the Arizona Coyotes from 2017-18 and 2020-21. In addition to the Coyotes, Tocchet was a coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons.

Boudreau knew his time as coach was ending during Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers. The air became a little emotional when fans began to chant, “Bruce, there it is,” after another loss. Finally, the Canucks let Boudreau go. But forward J.T. Miller was relieved to hear that Boudreau had been fired. “Going through a lot of the B.S. outside of the room, it’s taxing,” he said. “No disrespect to Bruce, I had a great relationship with him. It sucks to see him leave, but as of today, we need to move on.”

What Is Going To Happen To Bo Horvat

Rumors have been brewing about the Canucks captain Bo Horvat. The 27-year-old is an unrestricted free agent by the end of the season and has yet to sign an extension with Vancouver. He has 49 points in 46 games played, with 30 goals scored. Vancouver may be looking to make a deal before the NHL trade deadline. Several teams have their eyes on Horvat, including the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins have the best record in the NHL this season, so why should they acquire Horvat? Boston is at the end of their salary cap, so they’ll need to let some guys go. Bruins right wing, David Pastrnak, has yet to sign a long-term extension, and he will be taking up a lot of the salary. Although the Bruins have Patrice Bergeron as another elite forward, his age could become a weakness affecting the Bruins later. So, Horvat could be a better addition to the team.

Will Luke Schenn Move To Minnesota

Another Canuck that may be leaving Vancouver is Luke Schenn. Just like Horvat, Schenn will become a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Veteran currently has the most hits this season with 209. With two goals and 12 assists, he has 14 points in 46 games. Additionally, in 2020 and ’21, Schenn won two Stanley Cups with the Lightning. There are rumors that the Minnesota Wild are keeping tabs on the 33-year-old defenseman. The Bruins have also shown slight interest in Schenn, but the Canucks mentioned that they are looking for a young center.

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