October 24 2016 05:00PM
It was the best of weeks; it was the worst of weeks. The Canucks continued their winning ways all the way to the weekend, beating the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres. Then reality came crashing down. The Canucks dropped back-to-back contests to the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, finishing the week 4-1-1.
If you told me the Canucks would start the season with a 4-1-1 record, though, I'd say things went pretty damn well for them. And they have! The Canucks are probably getting better results than they deserve, but I'll be damned if they haven't played better hockey too! At least for the most part.
Anyways, you've all got questions, and I've got answers. That's kind of how this thing goes.
October 24 2016 04:24PM
Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks twitter (@canucks)
The Canucks resisted the urge as best they could, but they have finally succumbed to the inevitable and recalled Richmond legend Troy Stecher from Utica. Fans rejoiced around Vancouver as they've been clamouring for this since he was reassigned to the AHL prior to the start of the season. Vancouver's hot start to the season assuaged some of the Stecher-angst, but their first regulation loss last night has turned the tide. The Canucks need Troy Stecher!
They'd do anything to get him here, so they're even letting him bring a friend. Stecher has chosen 26-year old right shot centre Jayson Megna to be his travelling companion.
October 24 2016 04:15PM
Photo Credit: Utica Comets Website
Lots of news on the farm today. Just minutes before the Canucks announced they'd called up Jayson Megna and Troy Stecher, the AHL announced that they'd suspended Utica Comets forward Joseph LaBate three games for a hit to the head of an Albany Devils player.
October 24 2016 03:00PM
Willie Desjardins offered up an interesting theory in the wake of the Canucks 4-2 loss in Anaheim on Sunday night. The coach suggested that his team may have exerted too much energy digging out of a 3-0 hole the night before in Los Angeles and, as a result, had little left in the tank to face the Ducks less than 24 hours later.
In essence, the coach suggested his team’s pursuit of a single point at the Staples Center hamstrung their ability to compete for two points the following night ably.
October 24 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks have been undertaking something of a youth movement these past two seasons. They'd needed to shed age for a few seasons prior, but contractual obligations to older players made that an exceedingly difficult exercise.
Now, in the Canucks third year with Jim Benning at the helm, they are beginning to unburden themselves of those veteran contracts. Though the Canucks are still the Sedin twins team, they're already passing the baton and should shed themselves of its weight entirely this summer.
With that in mind, it's worth exploring how the Canucks have recaptured youth and continue to do so.