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Canucks react to Winnipeg sale

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 9:28 PM CT / 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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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