Why are the Canucks struggling? Tue, January 20, 2009
HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA
Mired in a club-record seven-game home-losing skid, the Vancouver Canucks has strayed from the style that general manager Mike Gillis molded them to become ever since his tenure began.
The rookie GM wanted a gritty team. He wanted a team that opponents would be afraid to play against.
So during the off-season, Gillis brought in enforcer Darcy Hordichuk, Shane O'Brien, Rob Davison and Steve Bernier, who currently leads the team in hits.
These bruising additions, along with Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund, Alex Burrows, Willie Mitchell, Mike Brown and more, aimed to imitate the physicality like the Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks two years ago.
But all that has leveled off in the past few weeks.
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