Vancouver Canucks at a glance


LAST SEASON: 31-38-13, 75 points. Missed playoffs.

COACH: Willie Desjardins (third season, 79-67-18 record).

ADDED: C Michael Chaput, RW, Loui Eriksson, D Erik Gudbranson, D Olli Juolevi.

LOST: D Dan Hamhuis, C Jared McCann, C Linden Vey, RW Radim Vrbata, D Yannick Weber.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Loui Eriksson. The Canucks missed the playoffs last season due in part to an offense that ranked 29th in the goals scored. General manager Jim Benning signed the 31-year-old Eriksson to a six-year, $36 million contract. He will likely skate on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, serving in the role of finisher. Entering his 11th season, Eriksson has averaged 21.2 goals per year. His career high was 36 in 2008-09 with Dallas. He finished last season with 30 for the Bruins.

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