Star Wars canon was first defined in the first issue of the Lucasfilm magazine, Star Wars Insider:
"'Gospel,' or canon as we refer to it, includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas and the novelizations. These works spin out of George Lucas' original stories, the rest are written by other writers. However, between us, we've read everything, and much of it is taken into account in the overall continuity. The entire catalog of published works comprises a vast historywith many off-shoots, variations and tangentslike any other well-developed mythology." From wookiepedia.
Right. But in this case, the canon are the films, film novelization and other tie-ins that they say are canon. Expanded universe isnt canon anymore so im quite confused what xanon they were referring to.
Maybe when GL said that the saga films should be only focused on the Skywalkers, they took that too seriously?
I loved the EU stories, but in a way, it became too much of a burden as they keep focusing on the legacy characters way past their true story arcs.
So yeah, I agree with the direction this new film is going for.