October 03 2015 10:40PM
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I'd like to say that it's been something like two months since general manager Jim Benning did something that made Canucks fans cringe, but I just saw Brandon Sutter stuck on the first line as a winger with the Sedin Twins.
I know the general manager doesn't create lines, but Benning, I feel this one's still on you.
October 03 2015 05:30PM
Eight preseason games, wow! We made it. A lot has happened in the last few weeks and the final decisions will be made after tonight. Brendan Gaunce and Ronalds Kenins were sent down to Utica. So guess who's left: Jared McCann, Jake Virtanen and Ben Hutton. The Oilers come to Rogers Arena and if it's anything like Thursday's game, we're in for a treat.
October 03 2015 03:00PM
All was quiet on the Western front for the Vancouver Canucks as the 2015 NHL trade deadline neared a close. Not long after the noon deadline, though, it was revealed that the Canucks acquired Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second round pick.
I had my reservations about the acquisition at first, if for no other reason than the Canucks had to surrender a mid-round pick in an obscenely deep draft. Musing on sober second thoughts though, it became increasingly clear that this move was an outright victory for the Canucks and Jim Benning.
At 22 years old, the development process has all but been skipped and the Canucks can still cash in on his peak years - and then some. Players that produce at a similar rate to Baertschi also have a higher rate of success than your average second rounder, meaning the Canucks also tipped the scales in their favour.
Let's check out what Canucks Army's number one ranked prospect has to offer, on the other side of the jump.
October 03 2015 12:19PM
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In the club's final preseason tuneup game ahead of Wednesday's regular season opener, the Vancouver Canucks are rolling out their forward lines in a way that may have been inspired by an acid trip.
Sedin-Sedin-Sutter Baertschi-Horvat-Vrbata Burrows-McCann-Hansen Prust-Cracknell-Virtanen Vey & Dorsett #Canucks— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) October 3, 2015
Sutter on the wing? McCann with veteran wingers? Horvat in the top-six? What's going on...
"We're still going to try a few things on Saturday," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins cautioned following the club's convincing preseason victory over Edmonton on Thursday, "but we've got to be ready for our early opener."
This would seem to be the club trying more than a few things. Let's get into it a bit further on the other side of the jump.
October 03 2015 10:19AM
Many of you watched Jake Virtanen score a goal with his face the other day and thought "Wow, what a warrior. That's the type of guy that I want on my NHL team.". For a moment, I agreed with you; that was the toughest thing I've ever seen. But then, he went down and stayed down.
That was his death wish. He can't stay with the Canucks.