Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said he’s “disappointed” in the job he’s done assembling a team in the throes of a dramatic and frustrating 2022-23 campaign.
“When I came here, I knew it was going to be a big challenge,” Rutherford said Monday during a wide-ranging press conference, according to Sportsnet. “And I thought, ‘We’re going to have to do minor surgery.’ … Have I changed my position? Yeah, we have to do major surgery.”
The 73-year-old executive joined the Canucks’ front office in December 2021 after the team parted with ex-head coach Travis Green – replacing him immediately with Bruce Boudreau – and former general manager Jim Benning.
Vancouver performed admirably after the midseason shift, finishing the campaign with a 40-30-12 record to sit five points out of a playoff spot.
Instead of building on that hopeful stretch, the Canucks opened this season with a seven-game losing streak. Vancouver is currently sixth in the Pacific Division and sits 12 points out of the Western Conference’s second wild-card spot – four months after Boudreau said missing this year’s playoffs “would be a disaster” for the team.