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Canucks president Jim Rutherford vents frustration: ‘Something has to be fixed’

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In the 2022-23 season, things didn’t go according to plan for the Vancouver Canucks.

After a disastrous 0-5-2 start to the season, the team holds a 3-6-3 record, good for sixth place in the NHL’s Pacific Division. The results have been poor, but the way the Canucks are losing games is of particular concern.

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After missing his fifth multi-goal lead of the year in Saturday’s shootout loss to the Nashville Predators, Canucks president Jim Rutherford expressed his disappointment with the club’s performance since training camp.

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“I was expecting more at this point,” Rutherford said. in an interview with Dan Riccio and Satyar Shah on Sportsnet 650. “I didn’t like our training camp and how we continued at the start of the season. To be a better team, we have to play with a stronger system and really be more responsible for some of the things that some players struggle with.”

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“Now we are at the point where we need to make the players more responsible and we will have to take the necessary steps to get the attention of the players.”

Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau is already at the height of his popularity.  (Photo by Jeff Winnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau is already at the height of his popularity. (Photo by Jeff Winnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Missed opportunities are particularly upsetting for Rutherford, although he understands how hard it is to defend in today’s NHL.

“The fact that this has happened as many times as it has in this short period of time is of great concern and something needs to be fixed,” Rutherford said. “When you win 3-0 in your own building and you have the goalkeeper that we have and the players that we have, we should not lose this game.”

Rutherford was not supportive of head coach Bruce Boudreau when asked “if the team has the right staff on the bench”, which only fuels rumors that the 67-year-old is in a hot spot.

Boudreau took over from Travis Green midway through the 2021–22 season and turned the Canucks’ season around by leading the club to a 32–15–10 record in 57 games at the helm. He hadn’t been able to get that magic back this year, and he probably didn’t have much time left to fix the ship.

Vancouver is set to kick off the five-game journey Tuesday night in Ottawa. Of course, this looks like a crucial timeline for Boudreau and Co.

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