2014–15 Vancouver Canucks season

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2014–15 Vancouver Canucks
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 5th Western
2014–15 record 48–29–5
Home record 24–15–2
Road record 24–14–3
Goals for 242
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Jim Benning
Coach Willie Desjardins
Captain Henrik Sedin
Alternate captains Kevin Bieksa
Daniel Sedin
Arena Rogers Arena
Average attendance 18,710 (98.9%)
Team leaders
Goals Radim Vrbata (31)
Assists Daniel Sedin (56)
Points Daniel Sedin (76)
Penalties in minutes Derek Dorsett (175)
Plus/minus (+): Alex Edler (+13)
(−): Bo Horvat (−8)
(−)::Luca Sbisa (−8)
Wins Ryan Miller (29)
Goals against average Eddie Lack (2.45)
<2013–14

The 2014–15 Vancouver Canucks season was 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]

Playoffs[edit]

The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the Pacific Division's second seed. They were eliminated by the Calgary Flames in the first round in six games.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Anaheim Ducks 82 51 24 7 43 236 226 +10 109
2 x – Vancouver Canucks 82 48 29 5 42 242 222 +20 101
3 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 30 7 41 241 216 +25 97
4 Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 38 220 205 +15 95
5 San Jose Sharks 82 40 33 9 36 228 232 −4 89
6 Edmonton Oilers 82 24 44 14 19 198 283 −85 62
7 Arizona Coyotes 82 24 50 8 19 170 272 −102 56
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 51 24 7 42 248 201 +47 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 47 25 10 41 232 208 +24 104
3 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 48 28 6 39 229 189 +40 102
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Anaheim Ducks 82 51 24 7 43 236 226 +10 109
2 x – Vancouver Canucks 82 48 29 5 42 242 222 +20 101
3 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 30 7 41 241 216 +25 97
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE x – Minnesota Wild 82 46 28 8 42 231 201 +30 100
2 CE x – Winnipeg Jets 82 43 26 13 36 230 210 +20 99
3 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 38 220 205 +15 95
4 CE Dallas Stars 82 41 31 10 37 261 260 +1 92
5 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 39 31 12 29 219 227 −8 90
6 PA San Jose Sharks 82 40 33 9 36 228 232 −4 89
7 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 24 44 14 19 198 283 −85 62
8 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 24 50 8 19 170 272 −102 56
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Game log

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

Detailed records[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

2015 Stanley Cup playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold italics = Player scored game-winning goal

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 45 45 2541-312,541:31 29 15 1 107 2.53 1,198 .911 6 0 0 0
Lack, EddieEddie Lack 41 35 2323-572,323:57 18 13 4 95 2.45 1,201 .921 2 0 0 2
Markstrom, JacobJacob Markstrom 3 2 0077-3877:38 1 1 0 4 3.09 33 .879 0 0 0 0
Totals 82 4,943:06 48 29 5 206 2.50 2,432 .915 8 0 0 2
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 3 2 156:10 1 1 6 2.31 67 .910 0 0 0 0
Lack, EddieEddie Lack 4 4 198:16 1 3 10 3.03 88 .886 0 0 0 0
Totals 6 354:26 2 4 16 2.71 155 .897 0 0 0 0

Traded to Canucks mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.

Final roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Switzerland Baertschi, SvenSven Baertschi LW L 22 2015 Langenthal, Switzerland
3 Canada Bieksa, KevinKevin Bieksa (A) D R 33 2001 Grimsby, Ontario
13 United States Bonino, NickNick Bonino C L 27 2014 Hartford, Connecticut
14 Canada Burrows, AlexAlex Burrows RW L 34 2005 Pincourt, Quebec
51 Canada Dorsett, DerekDerek Dorsett RW R 28 2014 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
23 Sweden Edler, AlexAlex Edler D L 29 2004 Östersund, Sweden
2 Canada Hamhuis, DanDan Hamhuis D L 32 2010 Smithers, British Columbia
36 Denmark Hansen, JannikJannik Hansen RW R 29 2004 Herlev, Denmark
20 United States Higgins, ChrisChris Higgins LW L 31 2011 Smithtown, New York
53 Canada Horvat, BoBo Horvat C L 20 2013 London, Ontario
9 Canada Kassian, ZackZack Kassian RW R 24 2012 Windsor, Ontario
41 Latvia Kenins, RonaldsRonalds Kenins LW L 24 2013 Riga, Soviet Union
31 Sweden Lack, EddieEddie Lack G L 27 2010 Norrtälje, Sweden
27 Canada Matthias, ShawnShawn Matthias C L 27 2014 Mississauga, Ontario
21 Canada McMillan, BrandonBrandon McMillan LW L 25 2015 Delta, British Columbia
30 United States Miller, RyanRyan Miller G L 34 2014 East Lansing, Michigan
15 Canada Richardson, BradBrad Richardson RW L 30 2013 Belleville, Ontario
5 Switzerland Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa D L 25 2014 Ozieri, Italy
22 Sweden Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin (A) LW L 34 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
33 Sweden Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin (C) C L 34 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
18 Canada Stanton, RyanRyan Stanton D L 25 2013 St. Albert, Alberta
8 Canada Tanev, ChrisChris Tanev D R 25 2010 East York, Ontario
7 Canada Vey, LindenLinden Vey RW R 23 2014 Wakaw, Saskatchewan
17 Czech Republic Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata RW R 33 2014 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
6 Switzerland Weber, YannickYannick Weber D R 26 2013 Morges, Switzerland

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Records[edit]

Player Record Date
Daniel Sedin Most career power-play goals in Canucks history February 7, 2015
Eddie Lack Most saves by a Canuck goalie in a relief appearance without allowing a goal February 22, 2015

Transactions[edit]

The Canucks been involved in the following transactions:

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 27, 2014[8] To Vancouver Canucks:
Nick Bonino
Luca Sbisa
1st-round pick (24th overall) in 2014
3rd-round pick (85th overall) in 2014
To Anaheim Ducks:
Ryan Kesler
3rd-round pick in 2015
June 27, 2014[7] To Vancouver Canucks:
2nd-round pick (50th overall) in 2014
To Tampa Bay Lightning:
Jason Garrison
Jeff Costello
7th-round pick in 2015
June 27, 2014[9] To Vancouver Canucks:
Derek Dorsett
To New York Rangers:
ANA's 3rd-round pick (85th overall) in 2014
June 28, 2014[10] To Vancouver Canucks:
Linden Vey
To Los Angeles Kings:
TBL's 2nd-round pick (50th overall) in 2014
November 20, 2014[19] To Vancouver Canucks:
Will Acton
To Edmonton Oilers:
Kellan Lain
November 25, 2014[20] To Vancouver Canucks:
Andrey Pedan
To New York Islanders:
Alexandre Mallet
3rd-round pick in 2016
January 29, 2015[21] To Vancouver Canucks:
Adam Clendening
To Chicago Blackhawks:
Gustav Forsling
March 2, 2015[22] To Vancouver Canucks:
Cory Conacher
To New York Islanders:
Dustin Jeffrey
March 2, 2015[23] To Vancouver Canucks:
Sven Baertschi
To Calgary Flames:
2nd-round pick in 2015