Vancouver Canucks tickets are on sale for a team that was one game from celebrating its first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history. Luckily, the turnover has been minimal for the 2011-2012 season, so the team is once again among the favorites in the Northwest Division, Western Conference and even to win the Stanley Cup. TheSeats has Canuck tickets to enjoy the exciting new season at Rogers Arena.
One game, one game is all that kept the Vancouver Canucks and its fans from celebrating the franchise's first Stanley Cup trophy. Had Game 7 gone the other way there might have been riots of joy and not sorrow. Alas, the roster has been kept largely intact, priming the hockey team for another run at the championship in the 2011-2012 season.
Of the losses, that of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is the most damaging. The defenseman is not going to be able to be easily replaced. He was a rare scoring machine in the regular season and a force in the postseason. Forward Raffi Torres stings a little, but his production is not irreplaceable.
The Vancouver Canucks are not blessed is in its health. The long road to the Finals had its costs. Center Ryan Kessler is a huge part of this team but will not be returning until midseason. Left wing Mason Raymond will join him in November after suffering an injury to his vertebrae in Game 6 of the finals. The good news is that defenseman Dan Hamhuis and wing Mikael Samuelsson will be back after missing the playoffs with their own ailments. Hamhuis is a huge addition with the departure of Ehrhoff.
The Canucks blue line is not in terrible shape in reality. The team let Ehrhoff go so they could resign defensemen Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo and Andrew Alberts. The front line will survive without Kessler and Raymond, giving Owen Nolan, Marco Sturm, and Cody Hodgson a chance to play. Otherwise, the team is set with Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Robert Luongo. This season the Cancucks should expect to take the top spot in the conference once again.
The Vancouver Canucks joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1970 after a failed bid in 1967. The early years were not great. The team played more like its predecessor, a minor league team going by the same name. The Canucks struggle those first four seasons gave way to a run as a competitive team in the latter half of the 1970s. The first true brush with success came in the 1981-82 season.
That season the Canucks went a 30-33-17 in the regular season, yet they made the playoffs. Thonas Gradin, Stan Smyl, and Ivan Boldirev were the leaders of the team and took them on a tremendous postseason run. Vancouver swept the Flyers in the Division Semifinals, beat the Kings in five games in the Division Series, took out the Blackhawks in five in the Conference Finals, and met the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders swept the Canucks and it would be 12 seasons before the franchise would once again reach the finals.
Unfortunately, in the two times the Vancouver Canucks have reached the Stanley Cup Finals, they have lost in seven games. First they lost to the New York Rangers in 1994 and then they lost to the Bruins in 2011. TheSeats will have the Vancouver Canucks tickets for the new season at Rogers Arena to see if this team can finally get over the hump and bring home the trophy.
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