Vancouver Canucks: 7 Keys to Success for Next Season and Beyond

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Vancouver Canucks: 7 Keys to Success for Next Season and Beyond
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After following up their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy with a disappointing first-round playoff exit, the time has come from some inward reflection for the Vancouver Canucks.

With the pain of an underachieving postseason starting to fade, the organization, specifically the ownership group, has had plenty of time to contemplate where the team will go from here.

With head coach Alain Vigneault absent from Mike Gillis' postseason press conference, there has been growing speculation that the bench boss could be on his way out of town. Gillis himself could be asked to move on by ownership as well when he eventually meets with them to atone for the results of the year.

Both Gillis and Vigneault have one year remaining on their current contracts.

Should one or both leave the team, it would mark a drastic change of direction for the club—a team that was one game away from a championship a mere season ago.

Whether firing people is the right course of action or just a knee-jerk reaction is irrelevant for now. It's simply an early indication of the club's future and the measure of change that fans will start to see as the playoffs end and the offseason begins.

For a team that had such high expectations heading into the playoffs, expect some form of change this summer. It could be minor tweaks, it could be major deals.

Here are seven keys to success for Vancouver heading into the 2012-2013 season.

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