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VANCOUVER -- After a frustrating season which saw his team miss the playoffs, Vancouv
08.02.2018, 10:02
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VANCOUVER -- After a frustrating season which saw his team miss the playoffs, Vancouv
VANCOUVER -- After a frustrating season which saw his team miss the playoffs, Vancouver head coach John Tortorella was rather blunt Monday in his assessment of what the Canucks must change if they hope to return to the NHLs elite. Federico Bernardeschi Jersey . While Tortorella took some of the blame, he also didnt pull any punches. He said the Canucks are getting old, the core group has become complacent and the team needs to get younger. "I felt from day one that its stale," said Tortorella. "Thats not their fault. This is a group that has been together for a long time. "It needs youth. It needs a change. The team needs to be retooled. Its a young mans game. Its certainly not a criticism of (the veterans). We need to surround them with some enthusiasm." After a promising start under Tortorella, the Canucks finished the year with a 36-35-11 record for 83 points. Vancouver managed just 13 wins in 41 games since Jan. 1 and settled for a 25th-place finish in the overall standings. The poor showing has already cost Mike Gillis his job as president and general manager. New president Trevor Linden -- the Canucks former captain -- still must decide Tortorellas fate. The two were scheduled to meet later Monday. Centre Ryan Kesler, who was the subject of trade rumours this year, said the players have to take responsibility for the season. "Were all flabbergasted right now," said Kesler, who led Vancouver with 25 goals. "Going into this year I would never think we would be sitting here in this situation." The Canucks ended their season with a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames last Sunday but the victory was soured by an ugly incident late in the second period. Daniel Sedin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit from behind by Calgarys Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to hospital and later released. After the hit, Sedin lay crumpled on the ice and couldnt raise his head. "I was scared," he said at Mondays season-ending news conference. "I tried to lift my head at first and couldnt get it off the ice. "The only thing I thought was lay still. I tried to move my hands and it felt good. I went to the hospital and everything looks good. I feel OK today." Tortorella said fans and management cant keep reminiscing about the Canucks loss in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, but instead must concentrate on making the team better again. "Were not in 2011," said the man hired last year to replace the fired Alain Vigneault. "We have to stop talking about 2011. "The core needs to change." Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said the team was "really good" until halfway through the season when injuries became a problem. Both Sedins, Alex Burrows and defenceman Chris Tanev all missed a significant number of games with injuries. "You never want to use injuries (as an excuse but) we had a tough year," said Henrik. "We had guys playing out of position. We had guys playing more minutes than they were used to. "We had to play a different way and we werent able to win playing that way." Tortorella said during this period he made a coaching mistake by giving the room to the players. "I didnt get back in the room and continue to teach the details," he said. "I didnt stay on top of it. "I needed to be pounding away at the details. I think that hurt us in situational play. I think that hurt us in trying to understand how you change momentum. Thats not the team, thats me. Thats my biggest regret." A lack of scoring haunted Vancouver all season. The Canucks managed just 196 goals, leaving them tied for second fewest in the league. For the first time in a non-lockout season, Vancouver had just one 20-goal scorer in Kesler. Daniel Sedin finished the year with 16 goals and went through a stretch of 23 games without scoring. Henrik Sedin had just 11 goals. Burrows, who hadnt scored less than 25 goals in the last four full seasons, had just five. "People talk about we are playing too much defence," said Daniel. "Honestly we played as aggressively as we have been. "That has nothing to do with why our production is down. Its up to us to play like we can." Defenceman Alex Edler, who begins a US$30-million, six-year contract next season, finished the season at -39, the worst plus-minus in the NHL. "There was a lot of changes this year (in how we played in own end) and a lot of new things to get used to," said Edler. "I think I didnt have the year I should have had but I know I am a good player." The Canucks have had several distractions to deal with over the last year. Tortorellas hiring was a surprise. Goaltender Cory Schneider was traded during the summer, meaning Roberto Luongo was the Vancouver starter after believing he was gone. Luongo was eventually traded to Florida. Tortorella missed six games after being suspended for trying to get into the Calgary locker-room following a line brawl to open a Jan. 18 game against the Flames. The Canucks were 2-4-0 during that period, then 2-7-1 when Tortorella returned. "When you lose a head coach its never good," said Henrik Sedin. "I dont think it was specifically that incident that made us start losing." Andrea Barzagli Jersey . The photograph shows Parker and a French comedian making a gesture known in France as a "quenelle," which critics describe as inverted Nazi salute. Parker said in a statement released through the Spurs that the photograph was taken three years ago. Parker, who was born in Belgium but raised in France, said he didnt know at the time that "it could be in any way offensive or harmful. Giacomo Bonaventura Jersey . He even addressed his group of relievers Sunday morning. Dustin McGowan made those worries a nonfactor, at least for a day. McGowan pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam and Melky Cabrera added a two-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2. . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.There’s not much new to say about a New England Patriots team in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Bill Belichick’s squad has made it this far in the playoffs at least, the past four years and nine of the past 11 seasons. It’ll be a familiar looking squad as well, as a lot of the featured players will be in their fourth go ‘round come Saturday. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, a good chunk of both the offensive and defensive lines, and of course Tom Brady have been around for all or most of the past four years. So what makes this team better? Why are they the favourites in the AFC, better than any of the four previous editions of the team? On offence, a lot of it starts with Gronk. The 25-year-old freak of nature has reclaimed his crown amongst tight ends after injuries derailed his last two seasons and opened the door for Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas to receive all the accolades. While it wasn’t quite the all-time season he put up as a sophomore, Gronkowski finished first in just about every pass catching category for tight ends with 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 Gronk-smashes. The emergence of Edelman has helped the Patriots offence the past couple years as well. Edelman went from an intriguing option the first four years of his career to pretty much Wes Welker the past two. Like Gronkowski, Edelman didn’t quite hit his career peaks this season, but finished with a very impressive 92 receptions for 972 yards. And then of course there’s Brady. While other sure-fire Hall of Famers of a certain age are having questions about their game deteriorating asked, Brady keeps humming along to the tune of, again, MVP consideration. Maybe it’s just a case of Brady getting his 2014 slump out of the way early. Emanuele Giaccherini Jersey. After struggling through a mediocre September, Brady silenced critics with a massive year the rest of the way. Brady finished with 4,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. It’s not his best season statistically but Brady led New England to home field advantage throughout the playoffs and is widely considered a top MVP candidate alongside Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt. All told the Patriots finished 11th in the league in offensive yards with 365 per game but fourth in points scored with more than 29 per game. Another point for the “some things never change with the Patriots” department is the team’s shaky run game. New England finished 18th in the league running the ball and will rely on some combination of Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden to help take pressure off Brady and the passing game. The defence is a cast of familiar faces as well, save for a big addition in the secondary. Richard Sherman has taken any and all headlines given to cornerbacks in today’s NFL, but Darrelle Revis is still, say, Top Two in the league at his position. But even with Revis the team only finished middle of the pack against the pass, giving up more than 239 yards per game. New England has been better against the run and finished with the 13th ranked defence in terms of yards allowed but eighth in points given up. Making the Divisional Round is nothing new for the Patriots and past teams have advanced even farther into the playoffs more often than not in recent years. This team is generally considered to be even better than previous editions, so it would be an upset indeed if New England fell flat against the Baltimore Ravens – in Foxborough no less – come Saturday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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