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    The Vancouver Canucks enter the season with two goals. Dennis Rodman Jersey .The first is to qualify for the playoffs. The other is to incorporate youth into the lineup.If balancing competitiveness and development sounds like a tricky proposition, Canucks general manager Jim Benning isnt concerned.I dont think it has to be mutually exclusive, Benning said. We want our young players to develop in a winning environment so they learn to play the right way.To that end, Benning traded for former Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson and Bruins right winger Loui Eriksson. Benning hopes that the duo, along with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and some of the other veterans can mentor the youngsters, including Sven Baertschi, Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen.When you acquire players with experience, they can help our young players, hold them accountable the right way, Benning said. I think you can do a balancing act of trying to draft well, develop your players well and still try to compete and try to make the playoffs.Vancouver has missed the playoffs two out of the last three seasons and the challenge wont be any easier this season in a division with San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.Here are some areas to keep an eye on over the course of the season:OFFENSIVE UPGRADEVancouvers 2.27 goals per game ranked 29th in last season. Enter Eriksson, who had a 30-goal campaign with Boston in 2015-16.When we kind of digested what happened with the team over the course of the year, said Benning, we thought adding a skilled player like Loui would help our group.SWEET SWEDESEriksson is Swedish. So, too, are Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Is it fait accompli that the trio will be a line for the entirety of the season?No, Benning said. We acquired Loui because hes a good hockey player. Hes versatile. He can play left wing or right wing. He can play on your first power play, he can kill penalties. Hes a guy that whatever line hes on, he makes that line better. Hes also a guy that you could move to another line and get that line going.MUSCULAR `DThe trend in the NHL is to emphasize speed and skill over size and power. Yet in trading for Gudbranson, the Canucks brought in a defenseman known for his brawn. Why? I just felt on our back end last year maybe we werent hard enough to play against, Benning said. He brings a hardness and a steadiness to our group back there.YOUTH MOVEMENTThe Sedins and Eriksson are known offensive commodities. But if the Canucks are to qualify for the playoffs, Benning is hoping for production from Baertschi, Horvat, Virtanen and Brandon Sutter. Baertschi finished with 28 points in 69 games. Horvat recorded 40 points in 82 games. Virtanen had 13 points in 55 games, while Sutter was limited to nine points in 20 games.MILLER TIMEShould the Canucks find themselves out of the playoff race at the trade deadline, Benning might have a trade chip in goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller, 36, is in the third and final year of a three-year, $18 million contract. He is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.70 goals against average and .916 save percentage in 51 games. Wholesale Chicago Bulls Jerseys . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Bobby Portis Jersey .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. NEW YORK -- Dwayne Bacon scored 17 points to lead No. 25 Florida State to a 72-61 win over Illinois in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday.Jonathan Isaac had 15 points and seven rebound for Florida State (5-1), which bounced back from its first loss of the season Thursday in Brooklyn.CJ Walker finished with 13 and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10 for Florida State.Despite getting a game-high 18 points from Malcolm Hill, Illinois (4-3) lost its third straight. Leron Black chipped in with 15 points, and TeJon Lucas had 10.The first meeting between the ACC and Big 10 programs was a taut affair for 30 minutes before Florida State seized control.Tied 44-all with less than 10 minutes to play, the Seminoles outscored the Illini 7-0 in a 56 second span. The run was sparked by Trent Forrest, who had two steals and drew a shooting foul.Illinois had cut the deficit to 55-50, but as soon as it looked as if the Illini were about to make a game of it, the Seminoles went on an 11-1 run to extend their lead to 66-51.BIG PICTUREIllinois: The Illini came into the tournament having won four of five. The Illini leave Brooklyn having been swept by nationnally ranked West Virginia and Florida State. Discount Bulls Jerseys. While Illinois was more competitive against Florida State than it was against West Virginia, the Illini were outclassed in the final 10 minutes of the consolation game.Florida State: The Seminoles had not played a game in which they scored fewer than 86 points this season until this win.POLL IMPLICATIONSFlorida State: Despite the win over Illinois, Florida State may drop out of the Top 25 due to its loss to unranked Temple on Thursday.NOTABLEIllinois: Senior guard Tracy Abrams was examined by a trainer during a second half stoppage in play after being inadvertently elbowed in the mouth by Florida State center Michael Ojo, fighting for position in the low blocks.Florida State: Finished the game with seven blocked shots and five steals.UP NEXTIllinois: Will face the North Carolina State Wolfpack Tuesday in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge in Champaign, Illinois.Florida State: Will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers Monday in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge in Tallahassee, Florida. 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