March 01 2015 03:16PM
After finishing their eastern road swing with a disappointing loss to the lowly Buffalo Sabres, the Canucks return to the friendly confines of Rogers Arena tonight to face the high-flying St. Louis Blues. It's the last chance for Jim Benning to evaluate his squad against a legitimately high-caliber opponent for the trade deadline, so the Canucks will be looking for a good effort in the final game before the start of the unofficial stretch drive.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
March 01 2015 11:00AM
This past Thursday we asked you, the readers, to tell us what you would do on Monday's trade deadline. And you all didn't disappoint. There were some fantastic responses to our questions, but our favourites are on the other side of the jump. Join us on the other side to see what you thought Jim Benning should do tomorrow!
March 01 2015 09:00AM
In recent days, droves of NHL clubs have demonstrated a willingness to pay premium prices for rental players, and it would seem that the 2015 NHL trade deadline is shaping up to be a seller's market.
Though the prices are sky high, the Vancouver Canucks won't be dabbling in selling any veteran assets on expiring contracts, Canucks general manager Jim Benning confirmed to Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun. So don't expect the Canucks to sell high on Shawn Matthias, or cash in their chips on Derek Dorsett or Brad Richardson.
Actually, don't expect the Canucks to do much of anything. This could be a very quiet deadline for Vancouver's NHL club.
February 28 2015 07:00PM
With the NHL trade deadline just around the corner, general managers across the league are upping the ante in the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future. Then there's the Clarkson-for-Hortons of the world, but I digress.
Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.
In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management.
Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? Yesterday, we looked at 9 defenders the Canucks could target. What say you we check out some forwards for today?
February 28 2015 01:52PM
Brandon McMillan's tenure with the Vancouver Canucks was fleeting indeed.
The depth forward, a native of the Lower Mainland, was placed on waivers on Saturday. McMillan spent less than a month and appeared in only three games with the Canucks after being claimed on waivers from the Arizona Coyotes earlier in February. He didn't make much of an impression, not that much was expected.
Read past the jump for more on McMillan and a couple of intriguing names on the weekend waiver wire.