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BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks' general manager Dave Nonis ruled out wholesale roster changes but he didn't dismiss the potential for single-game ticket price hikes.

"That's not on the front burner," Nonis conceded yesterday. "Our fans have been exceptional."

Season ticket subscription rates remain frozen, but Nonis is taking his time deciding who fans will be paying to watch in 2006-07.

"I know some people want some knee-jerk reaction," he said. "That's not going to happen."

Canucks were ninth in the Western conference with a 42-40 record (including eight overtime and shootout losses) and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2000.

Despite the disappointing finish, Nonis said the team was good enough to play in post-season; it just didn't play with the urgency that was needed in the final month of the regular season. Canucks were two points shy of first place in the Northwest division after beating the Minnesota Wild on March 29, but only won two of their final eight games.

"People shouldn't expect a flip, a complete turnover in the team," he said. "You can't remain competitive by doing that."

Nonis called head coach Marc Crawford one of the league's best coaches, but didn't comment on his future with the Canucks. He said all elements of the club, on-ice and behind the bench, will be evaluated.

Nonis said Todd Bertuzzi's chances of returning are good, but "he has to be more consistent."

Re-signing Ed Jovanovski is "a priority" and Nonis wants to keep top goal scorer Anson Carter, but "there's only so many ways we can slice up the pie" under the salary cap.

"You talk about the good character you want in your room, I think Anson has that."


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