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Canucks react to Winnipeg sale

Tuesday, 31.05.2011 / 10:28 PM / News Articles
By Dhiren Mahiban  - NHL.com Correspondent
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Canucks react to Winnipeg sale
VANCOUVER – Since 2001, the Manitoba Moose have been the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. That changed on Tuesday morning with the announcement of the Atlanta Thrashers relocating to Winnipeg.

The relocation is subject to a Board of Governors vote, which will take place on June 21 in New York. There will be two votes that day -- one on the new ownership (True North Sports and Entertainment) and another on the relocation. Transfer of ownership requires a 75 percent vote of approval, while relocation requires a majority vote.

Thirteen members of the Canucks' current roster battling for the Stanley Cup spent at least sometime with the Moose, who moved to the AHL from the International Hockey League when the latter folded in 2001.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault spent the 2005-06 season behind the Moose bench as their head coach.

"The organization treated us like we were an NHL team," said Victor Oreskovich, who spent 40 games in Manitoba this season. "Obviously, that was a goal of theirs. They were pushing for that. They always wanted an NHL franchise.

"I don't see it being that difficult of a transition for them because they were already so well run. I think it will be a good spot to play in."

Canucks GM Mike Gillis said the organization had anticipated Winnipeg getting a NHL franchise, and it has a few options for its AHL affiliate next season.

"We have a number of (options) that are available to us," Gillis said. "We anticipate having a relationship with a minor-league affiliate, whether it's us owning a team (or) whether it's us doing what we've done in the past with Manitoba.

"The exact location is unknown at this point.  In all likelihood, we'll have it wrapped up in the next few weeks."

Goaltender Cory Schneider, the Canucks' first-round selection at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, spent three seasons with the Moose and guided them to their only Calder Cup Final appearance in 2009, when they lost to the Hershey Bears.

"It is very welcoming and a close-knit town," the 25-year-old said. "It was a great place to play in the minors and learn your trade while dealing with the pressure and expectations of playing in a Canadian city while not actually being in the NHL.

"I think it did me a lot of good."

Schneider holds the franchise single-season records for wins (35), goals-against average (2.04) and save percentage (.928).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 51 18 24 11 42
B. Little 51 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 51 13 24 11 37
D. Byfuglien 51 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 48 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 51 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 51 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 36 10 12 2 22
A. Lowry 50 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 35 5 10 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 6 2 .927 2.15
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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