Wednesday had tentatively been scheduled as a day off. Players could have gone charter fishing or kite boarding or golfing or merely hung out on the beach. Instead, they bussed 40 minutes west to practise out of the mid-day sun inside the BB&T Center.
Through 31 games, Vancouver Canuck general manager Jim Benning likes what he has seen. But he’ll like his team even more if he can acquire another top-six winger before the NHL’s trade deadline in February.
New impact players set to debut, a young star still to be signed, and a frustrated veteran who may no longer be a fit. Head coach Travis Green discussed it all with Iain MacIntyre ahead of what figures to be a significant 2019-20 campaign for his young Canucks.
This current Vancouver Canucks roster appears capable of getting into the playoffs next season. But the team still has to prove it can win and before that, GM Jim Benning still has to make his payroll work within the salary cap.