“It has been a tough summer,” he said. “Unfortunately, we have had a few losses in the organization the last three years. I don’t know if it’s like this in every other organization, but we have had some bad luck.
“It’s a pretty personal situation. Obviously, he [Rypien] was close to me and it puts a hole in your heart, and I don’t know if there’s anything you can do to take that away.”
“It was tragic,” Vigneault said. “Everybody in the organization who was aware of the situation all thought that he was on the right path, he was getting the best help that family, friends, teammates could give him, and he was getting the best help that money can buy, and for him to get to that point obviously it was very challenging for our team.”
“I’m feeling pretty good, working hard on rehabbing all summer,’ he said. “A few weeks ago it turned pain-free and now it’s just a matter of working hard and getting the strength and confidence back in that leg.”
Hamhuis hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season and likely won’t see any action until near the end of the exhibition schedule.
“That’s the plan that we have kind of set out,” he said. “We had a real short summer and with my rehab focus there’s less weight training and skating for me, so we are going to try and make up for that in the next couple of weeks and make sure my body is where it needs to be to prevent further problems from happening. I hope to get into some of the later exhibition games.”
“That’s the plan right now,” Malhotra said. “I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t.”
“I don’t want to get into too many details, but everything that needed to be done was done and the rest is up to me, how well do I heal,” said Malhotra, who did return to play in six playoff games in June. “Since then we did some different things to give me the best possible chance for a full recovery and we have laid out another plan to get back to where I need to be.”
“I’d lie if I’d say by the next weekend I had turned the page,” Vigneault said. “It took me quite a bit of time to be able to clear my head and to get back to my bubbly sense of humour. I would say somewhere in mid-July I went with seven of my buddies on a golfing trip to Toronto and that’s sort of where I turned the page. After that, I was fine.”
“Kidding aside, we have to turn the page on last year,” Vigneault said.
“We have to stay in the moment and focus on now. Focus on what needs to be done and that’s what we’re going to work on with our players.
“Obviously, last year’s experience has made us collectively stronger and individually stronger. We’re going to have a very motivated group. At the end of the day, we didn’t win. We’re in this to win and we know our process is a good process. We know there are some areas there where, like any other team, we can improve.”
“We’ve got a very professional group that understands that the points that are available in October are as important as the points available in March and April,” he said. “I’ve met each player here individually, like I always do before training camp, and I’m hearing and I’m sensing the same things I have in my five years prior. They’re very motivated.”
“The defencemen who are coming back are going to need to step up,” Hamhuis said. “Christian put up a lot of points for us back there that we are going to have to make up. But we have got forwards who can play the point on the power play and a lot of D who are capable of doing that as well. All the guys coming back to camp here look really good and fresh and ready to take on a big role.”
“I think everything is a collective effort with our D,” added Bieksa. “We’re not looking for just two guys to play defence and the others to play offence. We are looking for two-way defencemen, whoever is in the lineup on any given night, the six of us are going to be doing both — jumping up in the play when it’s there and playing good defence in our end. That’s what is expected.”
“At this point in my career I am interested in winning,” he said Friday.
“That is what makes our team so good is the selflessness. I don’t think guys really care about points and ice time.
“We have one of those teams where we are so deep that players who come here aren’t going to be putting up their best numbers and playing top minutes that maybe they would on other teams. We sacrifice and we’re a lot better and stronger team because of it.”
Malhotra said his sight has improved since June when he played in six of the seven games against the Bruins.
"It's a lot better, night and day really," he said. "Like I said, it's been a long few months of getting from where I was to this point now and with the possibility of it getting even better. I couldn't be happier."
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Malhotra has been cleared for light contact.
"He's week to week, I think," Vigneault said.
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"Consistency is the most important thing. I think you look at every player and the good ones, one of their biggest qualities is that they're good every night. Even when they don't feel well, even when they're banged up, even when it's a long travel day or back-to-back games, they always find a way to be good. That is something as a player that I think everyone strives for.
"There was times when I felt really good on the ice and there was times when I wasn't. I don't think I was as consistent as I would have liked to have been."
“You have a kid with that skill set, a highly intelligent kid, a highly determined kid,” MacTavish said. “I’d bet on that, that he’s in on the discussion at the end among the Canucks coaches and managers whether he’s going to stay or not.”
“I started working out mid summer again and I wasn’t feeling right,” he said. “I thought I’d get it checked out again. It turned out I needed surgery. By no means did I think I needed surgery at the end of the season.
“I was working out like normal and this came out of the blue. It definitely hurts because I missed a couple weeks there but I’m going to deal with it now.
“It happened. It needed to get done. I’m just happy we caught it in the summer.”
“My original goal was obviously the beginning of the season, but I'm not going to set a time frame,” Kesler told reporters as training camp began with fitness testing at Rogers Arena. “My main goal is to get back to 100 per cent health, however long that takes.
“Everybody knows the way I play and I'm not going to help the team if I'm not 100 per cent. My goal is to get back to 100 per cent health and be bigger and stronger than last year. By no means am I going to limp my way into the season.”
Kesler tore his hip labrum in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, then played the final two games against the Boston Bruins.
Canucks medical staff believed the injury would heal without surgery, but when Kesler began off-season workouts in July his hip got worse. He underwent surgery on July 25, nearly six weeks after Game 7.