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2005-06 Finish: 42-32-8, 9th West
General Manager: Dave Nonis (2nd Season)
Head Coach: Alain Vigneault (1st Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 256
2005-06 Goals Against: 255
2005-06 Power Play: 18.3% (10th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 81.8% (18th)
Points Leader: Markus Naslund (79)
Goals Leader: Anson Carter (33)
Assists Leader: Henrik Sedin (57)

Offseason Moves: Acquired right wing Tommi Santala and a 2007 fifth-round pick from the Atlanta Thrashers for a 2007 fourth-round pick; signed centre Brandon Reid, who had been in Switzerland; signed centre Brad Moran, who had been in Switzerland; acquired goaltender Roberto Luongo, defenceman Lukas Krajicek and a 2006 sixth-round pick from the Florida Panthers for right wing Todd Bertuzzi, defenceman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alex Auld; signed defenceman Willie Mitchell, who had been with the Dallas Stars, to a four-year contract; acquired a 2007 second-round pick and a 2009 conditional pick from the Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Dan Cloutier; acquired the rights to left wing Taylor Pyatt from the Buffalo Sabres for a 2007 fourth-round pick; signed centre Marc Chouinard, who had been with the Minnesota Wild, to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Joe Rullier, who had been with the New York Rangers; signed centre Jan Bulis, who had been with the Montreal Canadiens, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick, who had been with the Buffalo Sabres.

Goaltending: The Canucks are hoping that Roberto Luongo is the answer to their goaltending concerns. He had a 2.97 goals-against average and .914 save percentage last season, but the Panthers finished 11th in the East and never made the playoffs during Luongo's five seasons with the team. Mika Noronen, acquired by the Canucks last season at the trade deadline, wanted the chance to become the No. 1 man in Vancouver and has opted to play in Russia. That leaves the backup role up to Wade Flaherty, but don't count out prospects Cory Schneider and Julien Ellis turning a few heads at training camp.

Defence: The Canucks suffered a huge blow to the lineup with the losses of Ed Jovanovski and Bryan Allen, who headed to Phoenix and Florida respectively. With a blueline ravaged by injuries last March, the Canucks loaded up with veterans Sean Brown, Keith Carney and Eric Weinrich. None of the three players were retained. That leaves the defence rather thin on paper, with veterans Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo left to lead the way. At 6-3 and 205 pounds, Willie Mitchell is a huge physical specimen and displays terrific mobility for his size. He also possesses a big shot from the point. Lukas Krajicek has a lot of potential, but has just one full NHL campaign under his belt. After that, the remaining spots are up for grabs.

Forwards: The loss of Todd Bertuzzi and Anson Carter certainly changes the dynamic of this team up front, with Vancouver giving up some size and scoring. GM Dave Nonis hopes 6-4, 227-pound winger Taylor Pyatt can fill in the need for size after acquiring him from Buffalo, while Jan Bulis had a career year in Montreal and should help put points on the board. The Canucks still have plenty of speed and offence with the core group of Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and the Sedin twins, while Ryan Kesler and offseason pickup Marc Chouinard excel in their two-way game. Keep an eye on Swiss League refugees Brandon Reid and Brad Moran. Both were star scorers in junior and have a chance to make the team - especially Reid because of his great skating ability.

Welcome to the NHL: The Canucks have a couple of spots up for grabs on the blueline, and that could mean a full-time job for heralded blueliner Luc Bourdon. The Moncton defenceman carries a lethal shot and also plays a great physical game. With Jovanovski gone, Bourdon could have the tools to fill the void.
 
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