The Vancouver Canucks have had many famous lines in their history, like the West Coast Express, or the Sedins with Alex Burrows. However, line combinations are changed with such frequency that some lines are forgotten amongst the rest. Here are a few that spring to mind for me. Please, share your own!
Pavol Demitra-Mats Sundin-Ryan Kesler
This line was a common one during Sundin’s one year in Vancouver, and it performed to expectations offensively. This line provided the team with some memorable moments, some valuable playoff production, and perhaps most importantly, helped develop Kesler into a legitimate top-6 forward.
Rest in peace, Pavol Demitra.
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Magnus Arvedson
Couldn’t find any highlights of Arvedson as a Canuck!
This line existed briefly in 2003-04, and Arvedson was yet another of the many who auditioned for the coveted spot alongside the Sedins. Arvedson actually saw some serious success with the Twins, and his play-style seemed to mesh with theirs very effectively. Unfortunately, a major injury ended Arvedson’s season and career.
Alex Burrows-Ryan Kesler-Jannik Hansen
I wrote about this line before in my Top Ten Alex Burrows Moments article. The 2008-09 season was a coming out party for many Canucks players, and three of the young players to make an impact were Burrows, Kesler, and Hansen. The three played together for awhile on a “kid line” which featured great defensive responsibility, tenacious physicality, and a decent amount of offense. Each of this line’s members went on to bigger and better things with other lines.
Markus Naslund-Brendan Morrison-Matt Cooke
Everyone remembers the Bertuzzi incident, but the aftermath can sometimes be a bit hazy. The incident occurred right before a year-long NHL lockout, and Bertuzzi was still suspended when the league resumed play. Matt Cooke, the former Canuck darling turned league-wide villain, filled in admirably in Bertuzzi’s place for the end of the 2004 season and into the next, and his physicality and flair for the dramatic made him a decent fill-in. It led to his most famous moment as a Canuck, above.
The Sedins With Trevor Linden
Although this line did provide us with some memorable goals, including a few in the 2007 series against Dallas, I think it is most interesting for the novelty factor of having the franchise’s top three players ever on one line.
The Sedins With Todd Bertuzzi
One of the most impressive things about Bertuzzi’s dominant period was how he had seemingly boundless energy despite playing a power game. For awhile, when a permanent linemate for the Sedins was proving difficult to find, Bertuzzi played double-duty and flanked the twins while still serving on the West Coast Express.