The NHL trade deadline came and went without much adjustment to the Vancouver Canucks roster yesterday.
GM Jim Benning didn’t trade for Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tyson Barrie, which was one of the players the Canucks were rumoured to have interest in. Troy Stecher also wasn’t dealt, which was a relief to the Richmond native.
Stecher elated to stay with Canucks. Here’s why:
“I’m a lifelong Canucks fan and they have no Stanley Cup. I think it would be really cool to bring a Stanley Cup to Vancouver. That’s part of my bucket list as a hockey player. I’d love to be part of the group to do that.”
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacSportsnet) February 25, 2020
Truth be told, the Canucks’ big splash came a week before the deadline, when they acquired Tyler Toffoli from the LA Kings.
The biggest news concerning the Canucks on deadline day was that Jacob Markstrom suffered a knee injury, which was why Benning swung a deal to acquire goaltender Louis Domingue. The rumoured timeline for Markstrom is three to four weeks, though Benning said the team will know more on Wednesday.
That means it’ll be up to Thatcher Demko and the rest of his Canucks teammates to get the team back into the playoffs for the first time in five years.
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It won’t be easy, as Pacific Division rivals like the Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames improved their rosters on deadline day. Heading into action on Tuesday, the Canucks sit third in the Pacific Division, with just a three-point cushion on a playoff spot.
Canucks captain Bo Horvat seems up for the challenge, penning a letter to that was sent to season ticket members today.
Here’s a copy of that letter, obtained by Daily Hive from a season ticket member:
I was asked if I’d be willing to share some personal thoughts with our Season Ticket Members on the season so far, and as we head into the final stretch.
I can honestly say this is the most I’ve enjoyed playing in my career so far. I’m excited about this team. It’s a great bunch of guys, and we are all friends. Many of us are about the same age and are starting our careers together. But we also have a group of guys who have been there before and know what it takes to win.
We all want to see each other succeed and we’re all here for each other. I think you have to have that if you want to have a successful team.
There’s also a different energy and feeling at Rogers Arena too. Being able to play in front such an energized crowd on those big nights in team history, like Burr’s Ring of Honour or the night we retired Danny and Hank’s numbers, has been such a boost for our group, and something I personally will never forget. This season has been incredible so far – the rink is full almost every night and it’s becoming one of the loudest in the league. It’s awesome. It’s different playing in a Canadian NHL market, and we can all really feel the excitement building in the city.
On behalf of the whole team, thank you for all of your support. We feel very fortunate to play for Canucks fans and for all the loyal Season Ticket Members. It’s not something any of us take for granted and we’re going to do everything we can to bring playoff hockey back to Vancouver again.
The letter was giving Canucks fans all the feels when I tweeted it out earlier today:
— Blue Collar Brigade 🇨🇦🏒 (@BluCollarBrigad) February 25, 2020
I like him….. he’s alright 👍
— Brian (@livinginUS_Eh) February 25, 2020
If Bo brings it like he did on Saturday vs the Bruins for the rest of the season and playoffs then we will be crushing any team. #Canucks first Canadian Capt. Since TL16 (messier doesn’t count) and I think when it’s all said and done he’ll be a hall of famer
— Vancity_Dunner (@number_1_dunner) February 25, 2020
@TRana87 you guys have a good group up there. Playoffs are going to be a fun time in Vancouver.
— Albertan Hockey Jesus (@MacWinnon) February 25, 2020
What a captain
— Captain Professor (@CptProfessor) February 25, 2020
Bo was the perfect choice for the captains role.
— RonnyCanuck (@RonSimp16154192) February 25, 2020