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Vancouver Canucks want a coach who can increase excitement

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The Vancouver Canucks are one of two teams in the NHL who still do not have a coach heading into the off season. The Carolina Hurricanes just hired Bill Peters and it is rumored that the Pittsburgh Penguins have narrowed their search down to one candidate. Not much has been reported in terms of what route the Canucks will go.

President of hockey operations, Trevor Lindon, mentioned in an interview with TEAM 1040 radio in Vancouver, that excitement is the key in creating a better franchise.

“I think we’re looking for someone who can recapture our people who were so off last year,” Lindon said. “I think, in doing that, you need to sell a program that guys can get excited about, and want to be a part of. I think the lack of excitement showed up in our play last year. It kind of permeated in all areas of the club. Certainly, you want someone who can get guys excited about what they’re doing, and excited about the style of play.”

Excitement is an extremely important part of hockey. Not only do the guys need to have the excitement on the ice, but in doing so, will permeate to the fans having a greater excitement for the game. The trend will then bounce back and forth and create a better environment for everyone involved. Hockey is never usually described as boring, but without a certain amount of energy it can definitely go there.

The excitement trend has been talked about since the firing of former coach John Tortorella. Lindon released a statement to season ticket holders that he was determine to make “it exciting to watch Canucks games throughout the season.”

It wasn’t long ago that the Canucks were one of the best franchises in the league. The choice on who is to become coach can determine whether they continue to play terribly, or get back to the type of team everyone expects them to be.


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