Graphic Comments: Sighs, Damned Lies, and Season Tickets

Graphic Comments
February 12 2016 04:19PM

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It turns out that when it comes to the Canucks' playoff hopes, sighs does do matter.

This is not a playoff team. Even if they stumble into the playoffs, they are not a playoff team.

You know it. I know it. And yes, even Benning knows it. No matter how many times he has to blatantly lie about it on the radio.

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Craig Button: Demko and Boeser are Top 50 NHL prospects; Olson a Top 5 Canucks prospect?

Ryan Biech
February 12 2016 03:00PM

Craig Button of TSN released his Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects with Thatcher Demko and Brock Boeser making an appearance in the Top 20. That isn't overly surprising. Both have had very good seasons in the NCAA and look to be well on track to developing into NHL talent - albeit, at different stages in their development.

Button also included the Top 5 prospects for each of the Canadian teams with Tate Olson making a somewhat surprising appearance above players with a higher draft pedigree.

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Babych Please - Feb. 12th, 2016

Grainne Downey
February 12 2016 01:00PM

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The Canucks had a good week both on and off the ice! The team was dabbing, playing with condoms, and kissing helmets, but the show was stolen by their adorable, chatty mothers. 

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Quantifying the Impact of Jake Virtanen's Speed

J.D. Burke
February 12 2016 11:00AM

It's not difficult to see why the Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen ahead of flashier items in the six hole at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The unique blend of speed, size and power jump out at any given moment and often take over hockey games.

There's maybe four or five genuine power forwards in the game and the Canucks feel they've as good a shot as any at cultivating the sixth such archetype of the lot. Though not accounted for in his boxcars, Virtanen is beginning to reward their faith by using his speed to keep his team afloat at evens and dominate in transition.

Sometimes it's the little things that add up. Virtanen is doing enough of them well to not only bolster expectations for a brighter tomorrow but advance the Canucks goals in the interim as well.

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Friday Roundtable: Bleeding Utica Dry

J.D. Burke
February 12 2016 09:00AM

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I'd like to say that the Vancouver Canucks can't catch a break this season, but they managed to catch two in one night against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

First, the Canucks lost Alexander Edler to a broken fibula on a blocked shot. Not long after, Brandon Sutter took a deflected puck to the face, resulting in a broken jaw. Both were sent home to recover and are expected to miss a significant amount of time as a result.

In response to these injuries, the Canucks made a pair of call-ups from the Utica Comets. To replace Edler, they recalled Yannick Weber; for Sutter, they're banking on Alex Friesen.

While these are moves of little to no consequence, they caused a stir among the Canucks fan base. The omission of Hunter Shinkaruk being especially egregious for some. So, I asked the Canucks Army writers who they would call up instead.

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