February 08 2016 05:04PM
Trying to separate the mediocre from the terrible was especially difficult this week. Pretty much every Canuck hovered around the same level of "bleh" throughout both of their losses and these power rankings tried their very hardest to spread the "bleh" into an ordered list. Read on past the jump to find out how this went:
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 08 2016 03:00PM
That was some football game last night, wasn't it? Sorry, I'm just trying to fit in; I watched my cousin play house league instead. He didn't celebrate in an exaggerated fashion. Do you know why?
"Because he acts like he's been there before and has respect!"
Actually, no. He didn't because he spent half the game in the box and didn't score. Kid would've probably done cartwheels if he could've buried a tap in. Because sports are fun and that would've been fun.
Anyway, that's enough hot and dumb takes for now. We still have a few more to make in the form of question responses!
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.
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.
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.