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|2011–12 Vancouver Canucks · NHL|
|Presidents' Trophy Winners|
|Northwest Division Champions|
|General Manager||Mike Gillis|
|Alternate captains|| Kevin Bieksa|
|Average attendance|| 18,890 (100%)|
|Goals||Daniel Sedin (30)|
|Assists||Henrik Sedin (67)|
|Points||Henrik Sedin (81)|
|Penalties in minutes||Maxim Lapierre (130)|
|Wins||Roberto Luongo (31)|
|Goals against average||Cory Schneider (1.96)|
The 2011–12 Vancouver season was the 42nd season in the modern Canucks' history. The Vancouver Canucks are the defending Western conference champions and three time defending Northwest division champions. The Canucks opened the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on October 6. Their final regular season game was held at Rogers Arena against the Edmonton Oilers on April 7, 2012.
The Vancouver Canucks won their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy on the final day of the regular season when they defeated the Edmonton Oilers. Despite entering the playoffs as the top seed, the Canucks were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games by the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL Entry DraftEdit
The 2011 NHL Entry Draft was held June 24–25, 2011 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Canucks selected eight players including Nicklas Jensen with their first-round draft choice, 29th overall. On day two of the entry draft the Vancouver Canucks traded their second-round draft choice to the Minnesota Wild for two picks in later rounds. In total, Vancouver selected eight players including David Honzik, Alexandre Grenier, Joseph LaBate, Ludwig Blomstrand, Frank Corrado, Pathrik Westerholm and Henrik Tommernes.
Minor League affiliationsEdit
On June 21, 2011, True North Sports & Entertainment, the owners of the Manitoba Moose received Board of Governors approval to purchase and re-locate the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to replace the Manitoba Moose. The Moose announced that they were moving to St. John's and would become the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. As a result, the Canucks were left without an affiliate temporarily. On June 27, 2011 the Vancouver Canucks signed a two-year affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves. The Vancouver Canucks announced that Craig MacTavish would be the new coach for the Wolves on August 1 after Claude Noel, who coached the Manitoba Moose during the 2010–11 season, was hired by the Jets.
In addition, on April 8, 2011 it was announced that the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League would be moving their franchise to Victoria, British Columbia. The sale of the Chilliwack Bruins to RG Properties was completed and made official on April 20 by the WHL. The Victoria Royals will replace the Victoria Salmon Kings and begin play in the 2011–12 WHL season. RG Properties, who also owned the Victoria Salmon Kings, opted to fold the Salmon Kings franchise at the conclusion of the 2010–11 ECHL season. As a result, the Canucks were left without an ECHL minor league affiliate. The Salmon Kings spent five years as the ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
Training camp began for the rookies on September 9 and included two days of on-ice training sessions followed by a four-game Young Stars tournament featuring prospects from other teams including the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets. Among the players were four that were selected from the 2011 Entry Draft. Nicklas Jensen, David Honzik, Alexandre Grenier and Frank Corrado all took part in the Canucks rookie training camp and Young Stars tournament. LaBate did not participate in the camp because his college semester had begun while Blomstrand, Westerholm and Tommernes were in the midst of training camp for their own Swedish hockey clubs.
The Vancouver Canucks main training camp started on September 16. Several veteran NHL players were invited to the camp on a try-out basis. These players included Owen Nolan, Anders Eriksson, Niko Dimitrakos and Todd Fedoruk. However, none of the invites were able to secure a contract with the club.
The Canucks played a total of eight preseason games where they finished with a record of 3–5. Much of the Vancouver Canucks roster were returning members from the 2010–11 season with the exception of Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond, Christian Ehrhoff and Raffi Torres. Both Kesler and Raymond were recovering from injuries sustained in the prior season while Ehrhoff and Torres had changed teams, through trade and free agency respectively, during the offseason.
Citing the shortened offseason due to their appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks management and coaching staff decided to give a majority of the veterans rest. As a result players guaranteed roster spots in the regular season, such as Daniel and Henrik Sedin only played in two preseason games.
Like 2010–11 the Vancouver Canucks were met with extremely high expectations for the upcoming season. They entered 2011–12 as the defending Presidents' Trophy and Western Conference Champions. It was a record setting season that saw them rank first in the league in goals per game, goals against per game and power play percentage. Both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for lowest goals against.
General consensus through various sports media outlets such as The Hockey News, Sports Illustrated, TSN and Sportsnet predicted that the Canucks will return to the Western Conference Finals or at least finish first in the Western Conference regular season.
October – NovemberEdit
The Vancouver Canucks began their season on October 6 when they hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins before embarking on a four game road trip. Prior to the start of the home opener the Canucks organization held a ceremony to celebrate their 2010–11 season and to thank the police officers, firemen and volunteers who helped the city recover after the Stanley Cup riot. The game was supposed to be Sidney Crosby's third NHL game at Rogers Arena, and first hockey game since scoring the golden goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics but was unable to play as he was still recovering from a concussion. In the game, the Vancouver Canucks battled back from a 3–1 deficit but fell short in a shootout.
The club held a ceremony on October 18 prior to their game against the New York Rangers to honour the late Rick Rypien. Rypien played within the Vancouver Canucks organization for seven seasons, splitting time between the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose, before signing with the Winnipeg Jets during the summer. Rypien was found dead at his home in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta on August 15. The Canucks will also be wearing a helmet decal in honour of Rypien during the season. The Canucks also ran a video tribute for former Ranger Derek Boogaard who also died during the offseason.
The Canucks struggled throughout the month of October which was punctuated by a significant trade. Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm were traded to the Florida Panthers on October 22, just hours after the Canucks defeated the Minnesota Wild. In return, the Canucks acquired a third-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and forwards David Booth and Steven Reinprecht. The month ended with a match up against the Washington Capitals that saw the Canucks prevail by a final score of 7–4. Alex Edler, Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins all registered two goals for Vancouver while Alexander Ovechkin also scored a pair of goals for Washington.
The month of November opened with a six game road trip beginning in Calgary. The Canucks won the game by a score of 5–1 that saw Daniel Sedin score his 254th goal of his career to tie Pavel Bure for fourth all-time in Canucks goal scoring. However, the Canucks continued to battle inconsistency and were unable to sustain any momentum through the first two-thirds of the month where they compiled a record of 4–4 capped by a blowout loss to rival Chicago. The Canucks, led by Cory Schneider who originally replaced an injured Roberto Luongo, finished the month with five consecutive victories that included back-to-back shutouts for Schneider. During the winning streak head coach Alain Vigneault became the team's winningest coach when the team defeated Colorado on November 23.
|Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.|
* – Division leader, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2011 Pre-season Game Log: 3–5–0 (Home: 2–2–0 ; Road: 1–3–0)|
|5||September 25||San Jose||4–3||Vancouver||Lack||18,860||2–3–0||Recap|
|7||September 29||Vancouver||0–3||San Jose||Schneider||16,347||2–5–0||Recap|
|2011–12 Game log|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
- See also: 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs
The Vancouver Canucks clinched the Presidents' Trophy for the second consecutive year, thus guaranteeing themselves home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs.
|2012 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Note: GP = Games Played; GS = Game Starts; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Canucks. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.
‡Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.
Updated after game on April 7, 2012
Awards and recordsEdit
|Alain Vigneault||Most franchise victories (coaching) – 247||November 23, 2011|
|Roberto Luongo||Most franchise victories (goalie) – 212||January 21, 2012|
|Daniel Sedin||Most franchise overtime goals – 10||January 31, 2012|
|Henrik Sedin||500th consecutive game||October 6, 2011|||
|Dale Weise|| 1st career goal|
1st career point
|October 20, 2011|||
|Dale Weise||1st career assist||October 29, 2011|
|Ryan Kesler||500th career game||November 23, 2011|||
|Daniel Sedin||5th career hat trick||December 6, 2011|||
|Mike Duco|| 1st career point|
1st career assist
|January 10, 2012|
|Alexandre Burrows||500th career game||February 21, 2012|
|Cory Schneider||NHL Second Star of the Week||November 28, 2011|||
|Henrik Sedin||NHL Third Star of the Month||January 1, 2012|||
|Cody Hodgson||NHL Rookie of the Month||February 2, 2012|||
Updated February 27, 2012.
Vancouver's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||29||Nicklas Jensen||LW||Denmark||Oshawa Generals (OHL)|
|3||711||David Honzik||G||Czech Republic||Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)|
|3||90||Alexandre Grenier||RW||Canada||Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)|
|4||1011||Joseph LaBate||C||United States||Academy of Holy Angels (USHS-MN)|
|4||120||Ludwig Blomstrand||LW||Sweden||Djurgården J20 (Swe-Jr)|
|5||150||Frank Corrado||D||Canada||Sudbury Wolves (OHL)|
|6||180||Pathrik Westerholm||RW||Sweden||Malmö Redhawks (Swe-2)|
|7||210||Henrik Tommernes||D||Sweden||Frölunda HC (Swe)|
* An additional second-round draft pick was awarded to the Montreal Canadiens as compensation for failing to sign a first-round draft choice. Therefore, all picks after have been moved down by one. The New Jersey Devils forfeit a third-round draft pick, but league protocol retains the draft pick number so that subsequent draft numbers are unaffected.
1. These picks were acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild that sent the Canucks 60th overall pick for the 71st and 101st overall picks.
- See also: 2011–12 NHL transactions
| February 27, 2012|| To Vancouver Canucks|
| To Anaheim Ducks|
| February 27, 2012|| To Vancouver Canucks|
| To Buffalo Sabres|
| February 27, 2012|| To Vancouver Canucks|
| To Columbus Blue Jackets|
4th-round pick in 2012
4th-round pick in 2012 (via NY Islanders)
| October 22, 2011|| To Vancouver Canucks|
3rd-round pick in 2013
| To Florida Panthers|
| July 9, 2011|| To Vancouver Canucks|
| To Florida Panthers|
| June 28, 2011|| To Vancouver Canucks|
4th-round pick in 2012
| To New York Islanders|
| June 25, 2011|| To Vancouver Canucks|
71st overall pick in 2011 (David Honzik)
101st overall pick 2011 (Joseph LaBate)
| To Minnesota Wild|
60th overall pick in 2011 (Mario Lucia)
|September 23, 2011||Frank Corrado||3 years, $1.83 million|||
|September 22, 2011||Nicklas Jensen||3 years, $2.775 million|||
|September 8, 2011||Victor Oreskovich||1 year, $605,000|||
|July 28, 2011||Jannik Hansen||3 years, $4.05 million|||
|July 1, 2011||Nolan Baumgartner||1 year, $525,000|||
|July 1, 2011||Christopher Higgins||2 years, $3.8 million|||
|July 1, 2011||Sami Salo||1 year, $2 million|||
|June 29, 2011||Andrew Alberts||2 years, $2.45 million|||
|June 27, 2011||Maxim Lapierre||2 years, $2 million|||
|June 27, 2011||Kevin Bieksa||5 years, $23 million|||
Free agents signedEdit
|Player||Former team||Contract terms|
|Byron Bitz||Free agent||1 year, $700,000|||
|Alexander Sulzer||Florida Panthers||1 year, $700,000|||
|Matt Climie||San Antonio Rampage (AHL)||1 year, $525,000|||
|Steve Pinizzotto||Hershey Bears (AHL)||1 year, $600,000|||
|Andrew Ebbett||Phoenix Coyotes||1 year, $525,000|||
|Marco Sturm||Washington Capitals||1 year, $2.25 million|||
|Mark Mancari||Buffalo Sabres||1 year, $525,000|||
Free agents lostEdit
|Player||New team||Contract terms|
|Lee Sweatt||Ottawa Senators||2 years, $1.3 million|||
|Jeff Tambellini||ZSC Lions (NLA)||3 years|||
|Guillaume Desbiens||Calgary Flames||1 year, $525,000|||
|Rick Rypien||Winnipeg Jets||1 year, $700,000|||
|Tanner Glass||Winnipeg Jets||1 year, $750,000|||
|Alex Bolduc||Phoenix Coyotes||1 year, $575,000|||
|Raffi Torres||Phoenix Coyotes||2 years, $3.5 million|||
|Sergei Shirokov||CSKA Moscow||3 years|||
- The Chicago Wolves are the new Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate beginning in the 2011–12 season.
- The Kalamazoo Wings are the new Canucks' East Coast Hockey League affiliate beginning in the 2011–12 season.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Wolves announce new AHL affiliate agreement. Vancouver Canucks (June 27, 2011).
- ↑ Craig Mactavish named as Chicago Wolves Head Coach. Vancouver Canucks (August 1, 2011). Retrieved on August 26, 2011.
- ↑ Olsen, Tyler (April 8, 2011). WHL has approved Chilliwack Bruins move to Victoria. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on May 17, 2011.
- ↑ Olsen, Tyler (April 20, 2011). The Chilliwack Bruins are no more. Chilliwack Times. Retrieved on May 17, 2011.
- ↑ Dheensaw, Cleve (May 7, 2011). RG opts to fold Salmon Kings franchis. Times Colonist. Retrieved on May 17, 2011.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks and Kalamazoo Wings agree to new ECHL affiliate deal. Vancouver Canucks (September 22, 2011). Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
- ↑ The Hockey News 2011–12 NHL predictions. The Hockey News (September 4, 2011). Retrieved on October 16, 2011.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian (October 5, 2011). 2011–12 Northwest Div. Preview. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on October 16, 2011.
- ↑ Kuzma, Ben (October 3, 2011). Canucks will honour memory of Rypien with decal tribute, Oct. 18 ceremony. The White Towel. Retrieved on October 6, 2011.
- ↑ Derek Boogaard passes away at age 28. New York Rangers (May 13, 2011). Retrieved on October 16, 2011.
- ↑ "Canucks 3, Avalanche 0", November 23, 2011. Retrieved on November 29, 2011.
- ↑ 2011–2012 Standings by Division. National Hockey League. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
- ↑ 2011–2012 Standings by Conference. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 2, 2012.
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- ↑ Kuzma, Ben (November 23, 2011). Vigneault passes Crawford for franchise wins as Canucks topple the Avalanche 3–0. The Province. Retrieved on November 23, 2011.
- ↑ Macintyre, Iain (December 7, 2011). What goalie controversy? Canucks down Avs 6–0. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.
- ↑ Crosby, Schneider and Elliott named 'Three Stars'. NHL.com (November 28, 2011). Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
- ↑ Malkin, Stamkos, Sedin grab monthly honors. NHL.com (January 1, 2012). Retrieved on January 1, 2012.
- ↑ Vancouver's Hodgson named Rookie of the Month. NHL.com (February 2, 2012). Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks roster. Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved on 2012-02-27.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Vancouver selects eight players in 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Vancouver Canucks (June 25, 2011).
- ↑ Canucks acquire Andrew Gordon from Anaheim Ducks. Vancouver Canucks (February 27, 2012). Retrieved on February 27, 2012.
- ↑ Canucks acquire Samuel Pahlsson from Columbus Blue Jackets. Vancouver Canucks (February 27, 2012). Retrieved on February 27, 2012.
- ↑ Canucks acquire Booth, Reinprecht & third round draft pick from Florida. Vancouver Canucks (October 22, 2011). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks acquire the rights on Mike Duco from the Florida Panthers. Vancouver Canucks (July 9, 2011). Retrieved on July 9, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks trade Ehrhoff's negotiating rights to Islanders. TSN (June 28, 2011).
- ↑ Canucks sign Frank Corrado. Vancouver Canucks (September 23, 2011). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks sign Nicklas Jensen. Vancouver Canucks (September 22, 2011). Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign right wing Victor Oreskovich. Vancouver Canucks (September 8, 2011). Retrieved on September 8, 2011.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks Sign Right Wing Jannik Hansen to a 3-Year Contract. Vancouver Canucks (July 28, 2011). Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
- ↑ Baumgartner staying with Canucks. Toronto Sun (July 2, 2011). Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign Salo to one-year deal, also lock up Higgins. TSN (July 1, 2011). Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks sign defenceman Sami Salo. Vancouver Canucks (July 1, 2011). Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign Maxim Lapierre and Andrew Alberts to two-year contracts. Vancouver Canucks (June 29, 2011). Retrieved on June 29, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign Lapierre to two-year, $2-million contract. TSN (June 27, 2011). Retrieved on June 27, 2011.
- ↑ Bieksa signs five-year, $23M deal with Canucks. TSN (June 27, 2011). Retrieved on June 27, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks claim Dale Weise off waivers. Vancouver Canucks (October 4, 2011). Retrieved on October 4, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks Sign Right Wing Byron Bitz. Vancouver Canucks (July 25, 2011). Retrieved on October 5, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign defenceman Alexander Sulzer. Vancouver Canucks (July 7, 2011). Retrieved on July 7, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign goaltender Matt Climie. Vancouver Canucks (July 7, 2011). Retrieved on July 7, 2011.
- ↑ Canucks sign right wing Steven Pinizzotto. Vancouver Canucks (July 3, 2011). Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ Ebbett lands in Van City. BCLocalNews (July 3, 2011). Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks sign left wing Marco Sturm. Vancouver Canucks (July 1, 2011). Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ Jim Jamieson (July 1, 2011). Big winger Mancari signed by Canucks. The Province. Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ Senators sign Sweatt, Conboy to two-way contracts. TSN (July 11, 2011). Retrieved on July 12, 2011.
- ↑ Tambellini leaves Canucks to join Swiss League. TSN (July 7, 2011). Retrieved on July 7, 2011.
- ↑ Flames sign Guillaume Desbiens. Calgary Flames (July 4, 2011). Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
- ↑ Jets sign NHL veteran Randy Jones. Winnipeg Free Press (July 2, 2011). Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ "Jets ink Tanner Glass: reports", CBC Sports, July 1, 2011. Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ Coyotes sign center Bolduc to one-year deal. FS Arizona (July 2, 2011). Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
- ↑ Coyotes sign free agents Torres, Gordon, Smith to two-year deals. TSN (July 1, 2011). Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ cska-hockey.ru. Широков снова с нами! | Новости клуба | Новости | Профессиональный Хоккейный Клуб ЦСКА. Cska-hockey.ru. Retrieved on January 13, 2012.
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