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Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) and Calgary Flames’ Josh Leivo, front right, vie for the puck as goalie Jacob Markstrom, back left, of Sweden, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 13, 2021. A trial date has been set for a former Vancouver Canucks forward charged with sexual assault.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trial date set for former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen charged with sexual assault

Case is set to be heard by a judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court starting on July 18

Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) and Calgary Flames’ Josh Leivo, front right, vie for the puck as goalie Jacob Markstrom, back left, of Sweden, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 13, 2021. A trial date has been set for a former Vancouver Canucks forward charged with sexual assault.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk reacts following the National Capital Commission approving the results from the an evaluation committee regarding the Lebreton Flats redevelopment in Ottawa on Thursday, April 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Senators announce that owner Melnyk has died at the age of 62

Melnyk, a Toronto native, has owned the Senators since 2003

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk reacts following the National Capital Commission approving the results from the an evaluation committee regarding the Lebreton Flats redevelopment in Ottawa on Thursday, April 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat (53) works the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, March 28, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat (53) works the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, March 28, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Travis Dermott (24) pushes Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14), of Victoria, as the shot comes in on Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Travis Dermott (24) pushes Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14), of Victoria, as the shot comes in on Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman, left, tries to hit the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, centre, and Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 24, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman, left, tries to hit the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, centre, and Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 24, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jaroslav Halak makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Halak makes 32 saves as Vancouver Canucks earn 3-1 win over high-flying Avalanche

Visitors avoid being swept by Colorado for the first time since 1996-97

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jaroslav Halak makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury reacts after Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Fleury heads to Wild, but most big trades completed long before NHL deadline day

Biggest trades across the league came over the weekend – much to the chagrin of TV talking heads

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury reacts after Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Calgary Flames’ Oliver Kylington, right, of Sweden, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks make deadline deals with eyes on the future

Motte trade only deadline day move after moving Hamonic and adding Dermott in weekend trades

Calgary Flames’ Oliver Kylington, right, of Sweden, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux acknowledges the crowd after playing in his 1,000th NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Slocum

NHL trade deadline: Most big names already off the board ahead of Monday cutoff

A look at what still might happen as teams try to load up for the playoff push

Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux acknowledges the crowd after playing in his 1,000th NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Slocum
Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, right, checks Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Asplund, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, right, checks Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Asplund, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Calgary Flames goalie Dan Vladar (80), of the Czech Republic, stops Vancouver Canucks’ Brad Hunt (77) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tkachuk puts up 3 points, Calgary Flames cruise to 5-2 win over host Canucks

Vancouver wraps up 7-game homestand Sunday against Buffalo

Calgary Flames goalie Dan Vladar (80), of the Czech Republic, stops Vancouver Canucks’ Brad Hunt (77) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller, right, checks Detroit Red Wings’ Moritz Seider, of Germany, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller, right, checks Detroit Red Wings’ Moritz Seider, of Germany, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back right, talks to Elias Pettersson, from left to right, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NHL Notebook: A look at how some NHL coaches navigate the looming trade deadline

The league’s trade deadline is set for Monday at 3 p.m. ET

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back right, talks to Elias Pettersson, from left to right, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New Jersey Devils’ Jimmy Vesey (16) and Vancouver Canucks’ Juho Lammikko (91), of Finland, vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New Jersey Devils’ Jimmy Vesey (16) and Vancouver Canucks’ Juho Lammikko (91), of Finland, vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, left, stops Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point (21) as Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (43) defends while Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn (17) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vasilevskiy dominant as Lightning top Canucks 2-1, snapping three-game skid

Vancouver played contest without injured centre Elias Pettersson

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, left, stops Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point (21) as Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (43) defends while Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn (17) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, left, of Sweden, checks Washington Capitals’ T.J. Oshie during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, left, of Sweden, checks Washington Capitals’ T.J. Oshie during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko lost his stick and can only watch as the puck gets by him for a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday March 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko lost his stick and can only watch as the puck gets by him for a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday March 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) fights for position with New York Islanders’ Adam Pelech (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Canucks stage third-period rally to earn 4-3 win over New York Islanders

Nils Hoglander and Vasily Podkolzin score 45 seconds apart for Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) fights for position with New York Islanders’ Adam Pelech (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Rod Masters, who played the organist in the 1977 hockey movie “Slap Shot,” is shown on a video scoreboard as he plays during the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. The Kraken announced recently that Masters will be the team’s new in-house organist. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

’Slap Shot’ organist finds new career with NHL’s expansion Seattle Kraken

40 years after cult hockey comedy film, Rod Masters still winces at “Lady of Spain”

Rod Masters, who played the organist in the 1977 hockey movie “Slap Shot,” is shown on a video scoreboard as he plays during the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. The Kraken announced recently that Masters will be the team’s new in-house organist. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)