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Looks like the Vancouver Canucks' less-than-ideal start is getting to captain Markus Naslund, who, surprise-surprise, believes the team should be employing a more creative offensive system.

“(I)nstead of supporting one another or making a play, we're either just flipping the puck out or flipping it in and then have to go chasing after it,” Naslund said.

“We're not getting enough chances and I think we have to work too hard to
get our chances compared to other teams," Naslund said. "I think we're throwing away way too many pucks instead of trying to
be creative and not giving the puck away when we've got it."

The problem with that theory is, to truly be creative on the ice, you need a wealth of creative-minded players. And the Canucks possess far too few of those players to convince coach Alain Vigneault to abandon a safer, defense-first philosophy.

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