One step at a time

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks have new uniforms and some new faces in the dressing room, but head coach Alain Vigneault's philosophy remains the same: Underpromise and overdeliver.

When he joined players yesterday at General Motors Place to begin training camp, he was careful not to mention any of the banners or trophies he'd like his team to achieve next spring.

"We must respect the NHL process. We must respect the NHL season. We can't start talking about what you're going to do in the playoffs," Vigneault said. "First you have to get to the playoffs."

The Canucks were 49-23 (including a 17-7 tiebreaker record) last season and finished first in the Northwest division. They eked past the Dallas Stars in the first round before being eliminated in five games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

The Canucks solved years of goaltending woes with Roberto Luongo's masterful netminding, but the club suffered up front where it was among the weakest Western conference teams on offence. None of the players acquired this summer appear likely to solve the goalscoring deficiency.

"There's pressure and good pressure on everybody to help us offensively," Vigneault said. "This team is built the right way from the goaltender out."


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