2014–15 Vancouver Canucks season

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2014–15 Vancouver Canucks
Division Pacific
Conference Western
2014–15 record 7–3–0
Home record 4–1–0
Road record 3–2–0
Goals for 34
Goals against 29
Team information
General Manager Jim Benning
Coach Willie Desjardins
Captain Henrik Sedin
Alternate captains Kevin Bieksa
Daniel Sedin
Arena Rogers Arena
Average attendance 18,609 (98.4%)
Team leaders
Goals Radim Vrbata (5)
Assists Daniel Sedin (9)
Points Daniel Sedin (12)
Henrik Sedin (12)
Penalties in minutes Zack Kassian (22)
Plus/minus (+): Yannick Weber (+5)
(−): Kevin Bieksa (-8 −8)
Wins Ryan Miller (7)
Goals against average Ryan Miller (2.27)
<2013–14

The 2014–15 Vancouver Canucks season will be the franchise's 45th season in the NHL.

Off-season[edit]

On April 8, 2014, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the team fired general manager Mike Gillis.[1] One day later, ownership hired former Canucks captain Trevor Linden as team president,[2] to assist in the search for a new general manager. Three weeks after Linden was hired, the Canucks announced that both head coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who had only just been hired prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, were fired.[3] Throughout the search for Vancouver's new general manager, it was speculated that Linden's preferred candidate was Jim Benning, who was serving as an assistant general manager for the Boston Bruins. On May 21, the Canucks confirmed that Benning had been hired as their new general manager.[4] One of Benning's first changes to the roster was buying out David Booth, who had one year remaining on his contract.[5] As a result of the buyout, Booth became an unrestricted free agent, and he will receive $1,583,333 per year (over the next two seasons) from the Canucks; Booth's buyout salary will not be applied to Vancouver's salary cap. The next major task for the Canucks was finding a new head coach. Among the candidates Benning interviewed were New York Rangers assistant coach Scott Arniel, and former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. Additionally, Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins was also one the coaches Benning was long rumoured to have interest in. However, Benning was not able to interview Desjardins until late June, as Desjardins had just won the Calder Cup with Texas. On June 23, the Canucks officially introduced Desjardins as the 18th head coach in Canucks history.[6] The next major tasks facing Benning were dealing with the trade request of Ryan Kesler, and preparing for the draft on June 27. On draft day, Benning completed a series of trades before the Canucks even made their first pick. Jason Garrison was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2nd-round draft pick,[7] and then Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the twenty-fourth overall pick, and a 3rd-round draft pick.[8] Benning then flipped Anaheim's 3rd-round pick to the New York Rangers, in exchange for Derek Dorsett.[9] On June 28 (the second day of the draft), Benning acquired Linden Vey from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for Tampa Bay's 2nd-round pick (acquired the day before in the Garrison trade).[10] As a result of trading away Roberto Luongo in March, the Canucks were left with a goalie tandem of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom, who together had combined for 88 games of NHL experience. Thus, Benning's first move on July 1 was to sign free-agent goalie Ryan Miller to a 3-year, $18 million contract, in order to bring a veteran presence to Vancouver's goaltending position.[11] Benning's next major transaction occurred only one day after acquiring Miller, as he signed former Phoenix Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata to a 2-year, $10 million contract.[12] On July 3, Benning signed restricted free agent Zack Kassian to a 2-year, $3.5 million deal.[13] On July 5, the Canucks re-signed defenceman Chris Tanev to a 1-year, $2 million contract, only hours before the deadline to file for salary arbitration.[14] On July 7, Benning named Doug Lidster as an assistant coach for the Canucks; Lidster had also recently served as an assistant coach to new Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins on the Texas Stars.[15]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division[16]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Anaheim Ducks 8 7 1 0 6 29 15 14
2 Los Angeles Kings 7 5 1 1 4 17 10 11
3 Calgary Flames 10 5 4 1 4 26 22 11
4 San Jose Sharks 9 4 4 1 3 28 27 9
5 Vancouver Canucks 7 4 3 0 3 23 24 8
6 Arizona Coyotes 7 3 3 1 3 18 25 7
7 Edmonton Oilers 8 3 4 1 3 23 32 7

After games of October 25, 2014.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)[17]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Nashville Predators 9 6 1 2 5 23 17 14
2 Chicago Blackhawks 10 6 3 1 4 27 19 13
3 Minnesota Wild 9 6 3 0 5 31 17 12
Top 3 (Pacific Division)[17]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Anaheim Ducks 11 8 3 0 7 31 21 16
2 Vancouver Canucks 10 7 3 0 6 34 29 14
3 Los Angeles Kings 10 6 2 2 5 24 18 14
Wild Card Teams[17]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 San Jose Sharks PA 12 6 4 2 4 38 34 14
2 Calgary Flames PA 11 5 4 2 4 27 24 12
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3 St. Louis Blues CE 9 5 3 1 5 22 18 11
4 Dallas Stars CE 9 4 2 3 3 32 33 11
5 Colorado Avalanche CE 11 3 4 4 3 27 32 10
6 Winnipeg Jets CE 10 4 5 1 4 20 26 9
7 Edmonton Oilers PA 10 4 5 1 4 27 36 9
8 Arizona Coyotes PA 9 3 5 1 3 22 34 7

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific
After games of October 30, 2014.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
November: 0–0–0 (Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
11 November 1 Vancouver Edmonton
12 November 2 Nashville Vancouver
13 November 4 Vancouver Colorado
14 November 6 Vancouver San Jose
15 November 8 Vancouver Los Angeles
16 November 9 Vancouver Anaheim
17 November 11 Ottawa Vancouver
18 November 14 Arizona Vancouver
19 November 19 Vancouver Edmonton
20 November 20 Anaheim Vancouver
21 November 23 Chicago Vancouver
22 November 25 New Jersey Vancouver
23 November 28 Vancouver Columbus
24 November 30 Vancouver Detroit

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Detailed records[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]