VANCOUVER -- When the Vancouver Canucks dispersed for the summer soon after a second straight early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was a lot of talk of change. Four months later, most of the same players are back.
With the exception of turning back the clock two years and reinserting Roberto Luongo as the No. 1 goaltender, the reset promised by general manager Mike Gillis is largely limited to bringing in coach John Tortorella and two new assistants.
The question now is whether that is enough. Can a coach make that big a difference to an aging team two years removed from coming within one game of winning the Stanley Cup?