Canucks fans were treated to a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Vancouver’s final game of the year.
However, I’m sure the score board was completely forgotten when Daniel Sedin was hit from behind and had to be stretchered off the ice. Flames forward Paul Byron was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.
Sedin was taken to hospital in stable condition and the severity of the injury is unknown at this time. It was a real shame that this occurred, because Daniel Sedin had already scored twice for the Canucks in this game. His brother Henrik tallied two assists as well.
Frank Corrado tallied his first NHL goal in the victory, while Ryan Kesler and Yannick Weber scored as well. So, besides the injury, Trevor Linden has plenty of positives to take away from this game. His team won the game quite easily. Jacob Markstrom looked impressive in goal stopping 21 shots and earning his first win as a Vancouver Canuck. The Sedins played well together before the injury. I’m very glad that Trevor Linden got to see his Canucks win at home in their final game of the season. But now Linden has to begin to make some very tough decisions. After such a disappointing season some drastic changes must be made in my opinion. Some may believe that the first change should be the firing of head coach John Tortorella. I don’t believe this would be a good move. Tortorella needs to be given a second chance. However, I do believe that no player’s position on the current Canucks roster, except for the Sedin's, is safe.
Some of the Canuck's players that so many fans are used to seeing in the lineup may be leaving in this offseason period. A few players that I see possibly leaving Vancouver include Ryan Kesler, Alexander Edler and David Booth. Ryan Kesler was a big point of discussion at the trade deadline this past year. But no deals could be completed and he stayed with the Canucks. I do not think this will be the case in the upcoming offseason period. I believe Ryan Kesler may be used as a bargaining chip to attempt to find a new starting goaltender. The same can be said for Alexander Edler. Edler is young, shows great potential and would be quite an asset for any team. David Booth has been inconsistent all year and was even sent down to the minors this past season.
I believe if John Tortorella is the coach for the Canucks next season, David Booth will be moved in the offseason. Of course I hope that with the managerial changes in the organization that both Kesler and Edler decide to stay with the Canucks. But if they leave or get traded, I hope we get something of equal value in return. This will be an exciting offseason for the Vancouver Canucks filled with lots of changes that will hopefully propel the Canucks back into the playoffs next year.
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