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Canucks react to Winnipeg sale

Tuesday, 31.05.2011 / 10:28 PM / News Articles
By Dhiren Mahiban  - NHL.com Correspondent
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).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01