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Revamped, retooled or reconstructed -- call it what you want -- the Vancouver Canucks are a radically different group heading into their 2006-07 curtain-raiser Thursday in Detroit.

Only nine players who suited up for last season's first game will wear Orca Bay colours against the Red Wings.

That's a lot of change. Maybe too much. Who knows? Defenceman Mattias Ohlund, one of the returnees, figures there was no other way.

"I think people would have been worried if we had the same team as last year," Ohlund said Tuesday before the Canucks flew to Motown. "So it's tough to please everybody. Obviously there have been a lot of changes but, as a player who has been here a long time, I'm very excited to be going into the new season like this."

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