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A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Legendary Lafleur was an inspiration for a generation of Canadians

COLUMN: Former Canadiens superstar leaves an indelible legacy

A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)

Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, a dominant force in his generation, dead at 70

Hall-of-famer led the Montreal Canadiens 1970s Stanley Cup dynasty, inspired legions of fans

Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)
Minnesota Wild defenceman Jacob Middleton, centre, clears Vancouver Canucks right winger Conor Garland from in front of Wild goalie Cam Talbot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 21, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Minnesota Wild defenceman Jacob Middleton, centre, clears Vancouver Canucks right winger Conor Garland from in front of Wild goalie Cam Talbot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 21, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Ottawa Senators’ Connor Brown, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, April 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ottawa Senators’ Connor Brown, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, April 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin, left, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pettersson puts up 3 points as red-hot Canucks dump Stars 6-2 for sixth straight win

Vancouver sits 5 points behind Dallas in battle for NHL wild-card spot

Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin, left, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, back, Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller talk before a faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks trounce Arizona Coyotes 7-1, extend win streak to 5 games

J.T. Miller dishes out 5 assists as victors chase playoff spot

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, back, Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller talk before a faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Vegas Golden Knights’ Nicolas Roy (10) as Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (43) and Luke Schenn (2) watch during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Vegas Golden Knights’ Nicolas Roy (10) as Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (43) and Luke Schenn (2) watch during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture (39) as Vancouver’s Tyler Myers (57) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture (39) as Vancouver’s Tyler Myers (57) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Canucks right wing Alex Chiasson, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Canucks right wing Alex Chiasson, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson, second from right, celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pettersson scores twice, Canucks rout Golden Knights 5-1 in Vegas

Vancouver still seven points out of a playoff spot

Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson, second from right, celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, left, stops Vegas Golden Knights’ Mattias Janmark, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, April 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, left, stops Vegas Golden Knights’ Mattias Janmark, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, April 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko (centre) fights off the check of Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson (right) to put a shot on goalie Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko (centre) fights off the check of Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson (right) to put a shot on goalie Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
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