“Our team needed a spark” – .

“Our team needed a spark” – .

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat said the changes the team made to the leadership group on Sunday were hard to see but were also needed to help them get back on track.
“It’s never easy to see people like that leave,” Horvat said Monday of the franchise’s front office and coaching reshuffle that took place over the weekend. ” I worked with [former head coach Travis Green] and [former assistant Nolan Baumgartner] and Jim [Benning] since then, basically, I got here. It’s never easy, this part of the business, that’s for sure. “

Horvat, drafted a year before Benning was hired, has played his entire NHL career so far under Benning. He had his most productive seasons under Green’s leadership and was named captain by the new management group in 2019.

The Canucks fired Green, Benning, Baumgartner and assistant general manager John Weisbrod on Sunday, bringing in new head coach Bruce Boudreau and an interim management team in a bid to right the ship in Vancouver after a dismal start to the season. which sees them sitting in last place in the Pacific Division at the end of the weekend.

“Our team needed a spark, and Bruce is coming in and has positive energy and wants us to do well and believe in our group, I think that brings us new life, but at the same time we have to get out there. and prove it now, ”said Horvat, after training. “It’s up to us to decide. It has always been ours. We all have to be responsible there and go out there and prove it. “

Horvat said he spoke with Boudreau one-on-one earlier on Monday – the first time Boudreau skated with the team – and said the new bench chief had “a lot of positive energy” and “he wanted to get the best out of his players ”.

During his three stops as head coach in Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota, Boudreau built a reputation for being able to energize a roster and instigate immediate change within of a team relying heavily on its best players. and push young skaters to career heights with a fast paced style of play.

“I’m excited about the way he wants us to play – obviously fast and aggressive play within our structure – and I think it will be good for our squad,” said Horvat. “It will be good for our young guys to skate and for all of us to skate and use our speed to our advantage and our aggression. “

They don’t have much time to prepare – the 2021-2022 Canucks: Second part begins Monday night when the 8-15-2 club hosts the Los Angeles Kings.

The hiring of Boudreau comes with a new identity. The front office changes are potentially accompanied by a reshuffle of the list. But Horvat made it clear on Monday that he believes in the Canucks’ current roster and also expressed his personal commitment to the club.

“Here we have the essentials we need to be a successful hockey team. I really believe in our squad, I believe in our main players, I believe in our young guys and I want to win here. I want to be a Canuck, I want to win here as a Canuck, and I really believe in our group. Just by looking at the management, they also believe in us, ”he said. “It’s up to us now to go out there and prove what kind of team we’re going to be, who we are and what we establish here in the future. It’s really important. It starts now. “

When asked to bring up the subject, Horvat said he didn’t think another rebuild should be in order.

“I think no one wants to rebuild here,” he said. “I think we have the centerpieces, I think we have the young people to take the next step. We have a foundation here – it’s just about going out and doing it. We all hold each other accountable, keep a higher standard, I think that’s the best way to put it, in our room where we know what kind of team we have – we just have to go there and do it now. There are no excuses. ”


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