February 09 2016 10:39PM
(Graphic courtesy Matthew Henderson. Follow him on Twitter: @MHenderson95)
It appears as though reports of the Canucks demise are greatly exaggerated.
With Vancouver's backs against the wall, they behaved like any group of young professionals would and called upon their mother's to help themselves get back on track. On the first of a two-leg road trip - on which the Canucks are accompanied by these mothers in question - the Canucks came to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche and get back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
The two middling sides played a fast-paced contest, trading barbs early and keeping each other honest with hot goaltending. Vancouver separated themselves in the second, with Matt Bartkowski and Sven Baertschi potting a goal apiece to the one Colorado scored, courtesy Francois Beauchemin. Bo Horvat netted the insurance goal halfway through the third, giving Vancouver the 3-1 lead they'd take to the final buzzer for the win.
February 09 2016 03:00PM
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumours, speculation and trade ideas will be plentiful. The Canucks situation is one which will be followed closely leaguewide, as Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis still may or may not be in play. If they are, that changes the entire market.
Ideally, the Canucks take advantage of the trade market and deal both for picks and prospects. There should be quite a few teams that would be a fit for either. Supply and demand indicates the Canucks will be able to pick their dance partner should they present themselves with a worthy offer.
Which has us wondering which pieces might be of interest and what thought process the Canucks will enter this hugely formative stretch with.
February 09 2016 01:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche battle for the first of three meetings this season and both teams are looking for wins. Vancouver has failed to win since before the All-Star break and only have one win in their last 6. Folks, this is not good. Just when we thought the Canucks were out of the Auston-Matthews-Sweepstakes, they play themselves RIGHT BACK IN! Some are disappointed; others excited. Regardless, winning always feels good so maybe try that today.
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February 09 2016 11:47AM
Kalamazoo played two home games as part of the ECHL Hockey Heritage Weekend. There was no ECHL All-Star game this year. Instead, the league had a week of festivities in Kalamazoo consisting of a Stanley Cup tour, several other trophies, and artifacts from the Hockey Hall of Fame. The ECHL Hall of Fame induction luncheon was held on Friday with members of the Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye all in attendance.
February 09 2016 09:00AM
It was announced yesterday that the Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien agreed to a long-term contract extension. Five years at $7.6 Million per for Big Buff. But we are Canucks Army - not Jets Nation - so how does that relate to the team we cover?
Put simply, news of this extension is of the great variety for Canucks fans as it relates to potentially moving pending unrestricted free agent Dan Hamhuis. Suddenly the Canucks arguably have the best rental defenceman on the market.