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Canucks Launch 2013-14 Season With A Series Of Questions

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Let the Games Begin!

I do not know about the rest of you Vancouver, but I have been waiting for this day for way too long!  The Canucks open up their new season on the road against the very same San Jose Sharks who swept the Canucks during the 1st round of the playoffs earlier this year. So to say the Canucks are motivated for this game would be an understatement. Going into this matchup, and in general this season the Canucks have high hopes, and will face a uphill battle led by new coach John Torterella, and his style of play. Overall, the organization will have face many questions, and concerns that will be closely monitered throughout the season and leading into the playoffs:

Now since that soap opera that was the Canucks goalie controversy is finally in the past, Roberto Luongo is ofically “the guy” again between the pipes after Schneider was sent packing to the New Jersey Devils in a shocking Draft Day deal. Now the question comes up if Luongo will be able to start 60-70 games this year for the Canucks. Unlike last year, and the year before, when the coaching staff had no problem putting Cory Schneider in whenever Luongo wasn’t feeling it, the Canucks do not have a reliable NHL proven backup for Luongo to fall back on. No disrespect to Eddie Lack, he is a great goaltender in the making, but minus the experience. Throughout the season it will be interesting to see how this plays out if Luongo struggles to find his game.

With a new coach, comes a new philosophy, and a new playing style. Like AV, Coach Torterella has a reputation of playing a defensive style of hockey, with a heavy emphasis on blocking shots. I don’t know about you guys, but I just can’t see the Sedins blocking shots. Heck I can’t see half the team blocking shots. The Canucks have a more offensive minded group of players compared to Torterella’s Rangers last year. Now will the Canucks buy into his system?  or will the coach give his players more offensive freedom?

Going into this season there are many question marks facing the Canucks, but the same goes for every other team. It’s all apart of the game, the uncertainty that comes along with the NHL. The Canucks open up their season Thursday night in San Jose with a chance to start with a fresh slate, and to just go out, and prove to everyone that last year was just a minor hiccup. Here is to another hockey season starting in the 604 . GO CANUCKS GO!

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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