Vigneault had good year

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis wasn't willing to share his off-season shopping list with reporters yesterday.

"I'm not going to tell you we need a centreman or a winger. If we can improve our team in any area, then you look to do it," Nonis said. "We are going to remain patient and make sure the moves we make help our team."

Nonis was reflecting on a season that saw Vancouver rebuild around goaltender Roberto Luongo and win the Northwest division. The Canucks returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs after a three-year absence and beat the Dallas Stars in the seven-game Western conference quarterfinals before falling to the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-1 conference semifinal series.

Nonis conceded that lack of team speed, injuries and exhaustion caused the Canucks to lose their first and last games in Anaheim.

"We were blown out pretty good and looked like a different team," he said.

Despite exiting the playoffs early, head coach Alain Vigneault was happy with his first season behind Vancouver's bench.

"If you look at where we started and where we finished, there's some proud things that happened during the year," Vigneault said.

Vigneault said captain Markus Naslund, despite losing offensive production, did a "tremendous job." Vigneault remains a fan of Trevor Linden and is waiting for him to decide whether he'll play another season.

"I don't think it's up to us to influence him one way or another," Vigneault said.


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