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This Year's Canucks will meet with the media one final time before scattering

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Here is the live video. I will post updates throughout the morning.

As usual, the Canucks will meet with the media in groups of four to answer questions and wrap up the year.

First group: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows, Dan Hamhuis

Henrik started by saying he feels differently about missing the playoffs this time. Two years ago, the team was on the way down. Now, he feels the team is on the way up. There is a plan in place he believes in.

Dan Hamhuis will not go to the World Championships because of he is out of contract. He would like to re-sign in Vancouver, but he also says the process he went through at the deadline opened his mind to different options. He hasn't spoken to management bout a new contract.

Burrows, likewise, would like to be back. He loves the team and the city.

Henrik said he has no doubt Willie Desjardins is the man to coach the team."It's never been a question. We really like him as a coach and a person."

Daniel reiterated the goal should be to come to the rink, work hard and get better. He's happy with the way the  young guys have picked up on that.

Henrik said this year does not make he or his brother reconsider their future in Vancouver. They still feel they'll have another cup run in Vancouver. He also feels the role Bo Horvat was forced to take on this year was unfair. And he feels it's dangerous to go after a high pick year after year. He said the team now has young pieces. The goal should be to surround those young players with talented players.

Burrows spoke with Trevor Linden and Jim Benning this morning, but wasn't given much indication which direction they were leaning.

Second Group: Ryan Miller, Jannik Hansen, Chris Tanev

Jannik Hansen said he thought the team was really hurt by injuries after the mother's road trip. Ryan Miller said, "It was a pretty big shock" for the Canucks not to be competitive this year. He compared this rebuild to the rebuild in Buffalo.

Both Hansen and Miller like Willie. Hansen said Desjardins was given a tough task this year, especially compared with last year when he had an easier to manage, veteran heavy group. Miller said Desjardins has a good, positive outlook and attitude, and did the best he could.

Third Group: Brandon Sutter, Ben Hutton, Jared McCann, Derek Dorsett

Brandon Sutter said he's "Not a big fan of the term rebuild. It seems a lot of teams that are rebuilding are still rebuilding."

Ben Hutton says he exceeded his own expectations this year and that he's excited to go play for Canada in the World Championships. He hopes the big ice opens things up for his skating game.

Jared McCann was frustrated he couldn't produce like he did in junior. He is staying in Vancouver this summer and working out in the gym to get bigger and stronger. He'll use his AHL eligibility next year as motivation to work hard and stay with the Canucks next year.

Derek Dorsett will spend the summer rehabbing a bad shoulder. It doesn't require surgery, but it did hamper him down the stretch. McCann also has to rehab a sublexed shoulder from reaching for a puck off a face-off. It also doesn't require surgery.

Brandon Sutter doesn't feel bad for Bo Horvat, given that he loved being in all sorts of different situations he might not have been in if Sutter had remained healthy. Going forward, he thinks he and Bo will be able to help each other. Playoff teams are deep down the middle, and the Canucks are getting to have good center depth.

Fourth Group: Alex Edler, Jacob Markstrom, Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi

Alex Edler feels this was his toughest year as a Canuck, getting injured just as the team finally got healthy. He and Brandon Sutter are well into their off season workout plans.

Bo Horvat said going through the long dry goalless streak was very difficult. Henrik Sedin took him aside in Philadelphia and talked to him about how Henrik went through the same thing. Horvat credited that conversation with calming him and, from that point on, things got easier for him.

Jacob Markstrom will go to the World Championships and play for Sweden. He said spending a year working with Rollie was huge for him.

Sven Baertschi credits his linemates with helping him make the necessary changes to his game. He was tried of coming in and out of the lineup.

Fifth Group: Yannick Weber, Radim Vrbata, Jake Virtanen, Emerson Etem

Radim Vrbata said this year was one of the most frustrating of  his career. He didn't expect the season to be this bad.

Emerson Etem said he took some time to learn the systems in Vancouver. Once he did, his play improved. He still feels he needs to do a better job getting to the net, and the offense will continue to improve.

Yannick Weber was frustrated that after going from a top four defenseman and part of a good power play, he started camp as a seventh defenseman. He wanted to be loyal and stay in Vancouver, and he turned down other offers last summer. He will also go to the world championships.

Etem hopes to re-sign in Vancouver.

Sixth group: Luca Sbisa, Matt Bartkowski, Linden Vey, Alex Biega

Luca Sbsia says he might be healed in time to play for Switzerland at the world championships, but given the number of games he missed he feels his focus should be on getting healthy enough to play a full season next year.

Matt Bartkowski said he was more inconsistent than he's like to be, but overall he thought his year was ok.

Both Vey and Bartkowski want to be back next year.

Seventh group: Chris Higgins, Brendan Gaunce, Andrey Pedan, Nikita Tryamkin

Chris Higgins will not go to Utica for the playoffs. He doesn't know what will happen next year.

Andrey Pedan says he's played defence all his life, but he'd rather play forward than not play at all.

Nikita Tryamkin was happy to make it to the NHL.

Brendan Gaunce is more comfortable at center than wing. But he now knows he can play either at the NHL. Gaunce is headed to Utica for the playoffs and is happy the team is getting healthy. He'll train in Ontario this summer.

Tryamkin will go home to Russia to train this summer, returning to Vancouver in early August. He wants to drop up to 10 kg for next year.

Pedan will train as hard as he can this summer to be as high on the defensive depth chart as he can be. He thinks he can be a 4th or 5th defenseman.

Higgins, Pedan and Gaunce spoke highly of Travis Green as Utica's coach. Given the number of players who were in and out of the lineup this year, he managed it well. He has his team play a structured game and he can be hard on players, but players also know what is expected of them.