Canucks fell short of expectations, now expect change

Updated: April 19, 2006, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- After four seasons of early playoff exits, this was supposed to be the year that the Vancouver Canucks finally took another step.

They did, but in the wrong direction.

Done in by midseason indifference, late-season ineffectiveness, and an all-season injury bug, the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000, prematurely ending a campaign that started seven months earlier with Stanley Cup aspirations.

The next step might be breaking ...

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