2023 NHL All-Star Game Rumour Mill Conjures Up Belief Canucks President Of Hockey Operations Wants Out Of Vancouver

Canucks Can’t Escape Their Run Of Fatalism

I am not surprised by the rumor above, Rutherford is human. I can see taking up a challenge but I don’t believe he has real support from the Aquilini family.

The support, if you can believe it is, is a hands-off approach: Do what you think is best, with what you have to work with, and good luck.

Rutherford has “hockey” control and has put his hockey people in place. Win or lose on the ice, the Aquilini family wins.

Aquilini’s Ornament Will Never Lose Its Shine, Win Or Lose

Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and his brothers continue to remain absentee owners, and let things play out as they will with the Vancouver Canucks day-to-day hockey operations.

Aquilini’s twitter account describes him as a “Vancouver business leader”. There is the rub:

Acquilini considers the Vancouver Canucks as a sports team that he can parade on his arm and in business board rooms, and not worthy of true respect and leadership, except to flaunt and show off by bragging he owns them, regardless of how poorly they do as a hockey team.

The Canucks are no more than an “organized sports team” playing a “kids game” in an organized “kids hockey league” that pretends to be a business, in his mind. The men are just “big kids”.

Aquilini will invest as little as he needs to in the Canucks because he does not consider the team a vital running component to the financial empire: Just an attractive ornament like a trophy wife: an attractive status symbol for an older man, that he and his brothers can view from a distance, as it passively accrues in value on paper.

Source: Forbes Magazine

To conclude, the Canucks are just an organized kids sports team, the Aquilini empire is all businesses, except for one that isn’t so much.

After all, men in the Aquilini family oversee businesses. The Canucks are just a “big kids” hockey team, run by “grown-up kids” in a professional hockey league.

Canucks, Boudreau Get Elusive Win, Mikheyev Two Goals

Canucks Elias Pettersson scores against Kraken goalie Martin Jones in 3rd period. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Canucks end season-opening skid at 7, beating Kraken 5-4

By CHRIS TALBOTT Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Ilya Mikheyev scored his first two goals of the season and the Vancouver Canucks ended their season-opening losing streak at a franchise-record seven games, beating the Seattle Kraken 5-4 on Thursday night.

Elias Pettersson, Andrei Kuzmenko and Conor Garland each had a goal and had an assist to help coach Bruce Boudreau reach 600 NHL victories. Garland scored the winner into an empty net.

“Just to to hear the music in the (locker) room and knowing how hard they’ve practiced and they’ve never given up hope,” Boudreau said. “… The spirit has never been down where we’ve gone into a game and gone, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ So I think it was a great reward for them.”

Thatcher Demko stopped 32 shots for the Canucks, including two as he lay on his back midway through the third. Referees also disallowed a late Andre Burakovsky goal for a high stick.

Jamie Oleksiak, Jared McCann, Matty Beniers and Jaden Schwartz scored for Seattle, with Schwartz connecting on a power play with 30 seconds left.

“Sometimes you have a hot goalie and he played pretty well,” Beniers said. “You know, it just happens that way. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.”

Jordan Eberle had two assists, reaching 600 points on Beniers’ goal that made it 3-3 in the second.

Martin Jones made 14 saves for Seattle. The Kraken are 0-5 against their nearest rival.

“We were the better team for most of the night, but they beat us on specialty teams by one and that was ultimately the difference in the hockey game,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said.


Boudreau became the 22nd coach in NHL history and the fifth active coach to reach 600 wins (600-322-127). Only former Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman (.657) has a better points percentage than Boudreau’s .633.

It took a lot longer than he imagined, however.

“I haven’t been thinking about that since the third game,” he said. “I just wanted to get the win for the guys and and let them feel better.”

NOTES: With five players on injured reserve since Monday, Vancouver acquired F Jack Studnicka from the Boston Bruins on Wednesday for depth. The Bruins received goaltender Michael DiPietro and D Jonathan Myrenberg in exchange for Studnicka. He played in one game this season for Boston, recording four penalty minutes, and has recorded seven points in 38 career games. He’s expected to join the team Friday. … Oleksiak scored for the second straight game, Beniers for the third straight and McCann for the fourth straight. Those are career streaks for McCann and Beniers, a rookie.


Canucks: Host Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Kraken: Hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday night.