The Canucks Could Do Without Radim Vrbata Even If They Were Pushing For the Playoffs

Jeremy Davis
February 08 2016 01:00PM

The immediate future of Vancouver's unrestricted free agents is a popular topic right now. Really, it's been a popular topic since about April 26th, 2015, the second-last time the Canucks were embarrassed by the Calgary Flames. Fan optimism goes a long way in colouring the markets view, and on a per person basis there can be any number of different takes on the matter at hand.

There are a few different players that these conversations encompass: Dan Hamhuis, the hometown guy and usually reliable defender, not to mention all around great human being; Yannick Weber, the power play specialist with zero goals and a ticket to Utica; Brandon Prust, the twitter smack-talking pugilist whose love of hugging could not steer him clear of the waiver wire; and of course, Radim Vrbata, the stone cold sniper who has brought none of the stone and all of the cold to his game this season.

That last fella, Vrbata, is the one that I want to talk about the most. He's an interesting case, because Canucks management is tasked with doing all they can to sneak into the playoffs this season and letting go of a goal scorer at the deadline would severely hamper that pipe dream.

Here's the thing: at this point, the Canucks wouldn't need Vrbata even if they were trying to push for a playoff spot.

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team as the Trade Deadline approaches

Cam Lewis
February 08 2016 09:45AM

We're four months deep into the NHL season and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Time flies, I know. By now, it's become clear for most organizations as to whether they'll be buying or selling at the deadline, but there are still a handful of teams that aren't very good but are right in the mix, floating around in some kind of grey area. In this month's check in, I'm going to break down where each team is at as we head into the home stretch, and who should be opting to sell their assets and start focusing on the future, and who should be interested in buying to fuel their playoff aspirations.  

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Monday Morning Musing: February 8th

J.D. Burke
February 08 2016 09:00AM

I'm of the belief that even the most inconsequential of transactions, events and whatever you may have leaguewide affects every team, at every level, to some extent. Newton's law and so on.

With that in mind, there just simply isn't enough time or resources to give them all the attention they deserve in this space. Ideally, though, one can scratch the surface of these events - linked directly to the Vancouver Canucks or otherwise - and examine their far-reaching impact to Roger's Arena and beyond.

With that, here are my Monday Morning Musings for the week that was.

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Canucks Army Postgame: 1-4 The Books

Grainne Downey
February 06 2016 11:00PM

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The Canucks met the Calgary Flames on Hockey Day in Canada and welcomed back Dan Hamhuis, whose face is finally okay again! Division rivals and playoff foes, this game was poised to be a thriller. It was not, but here's a recap anyway!

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Canucks Prospects Three Stars of the Month: December and January

Jeremy Davis
February 06 2016 05:14PM

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(Image courtesy graphic design star, Matthew Henderson - @mhenderson95 )

I started the Prospects Three Stars of the Month back in late November - covering both October and November - with the intention of making it a monthly feature. However, things in real life got so overwhelmingly busy that my December edition was out on hiatus. So here we are, once again doing a two-for-one article, this time for December and January.

The last couple months has been a little quieter for Canucks prospects than the previous two were. The season started off with the with the organization’s three best non-NHL prospects lighting their respective leagues on fire for two months straight. Since then, Thatcher Demko has come back to Earth a little and though Hunter Shinkaruk has continued to pile up assists, his goal scoring rate has diminished a fair bit. Brock Boeser, on the other hand, continues to improve.

Let’s check out which Canucks prospects demanded the spotlight in December and January.

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