Canucks Trade Deadline 2015: Does trading Zack Kassian make sense?

That's Offside!
February 28 2015 10:00AM

For a long time now, you could say that we at Canucks Army have been on Team Kassian. 

We've campaigned for him to be included in the lineup when he's been healthy scratched, analyzed if he's really the power forward that Canucks management seems to want him to be, and looked at his playmaking skills to see if he's a legitimately good passer. Most of the writers here have been fairly consistent in our view that the much maligned Kassian is a talented young winger who is providing a larger benefit than many observers feel he is, and has more upside to give beyond that.

Still, as has been the case since early in the season, the coaching staff doesn't look like they're going to come around on Kassian any time soon, and his name is still swirling around in trade rumours. He is, by many accounts, the Canuck most likely to be dealt before Monday's deadline.

But we know that the Canucks long-term needs should take precedence over their short-term ones, and Zack Kassian is the youngest credible forward the Canucks have playing in their top-9 right now. Does it make any sense at all to be dealing a 24-year old with promising talent just before he enters the prime of his career? Find out after the jump.

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
February 28 2015 08:00AM

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It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the fine folks at the Royal Half summarize the week that was with hot takes from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes.

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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – February 27th, 2015

Josh W
February 27 2015 01:00PM

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We are back with this week’s Comets Militia where we review all the latest in news, statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives on the Vancouver Canucks farm team: The Utica Comets.  It’s been a reasonably good for the Comets as they won 2 of 3 games missing that third game in a tired leg of a back-to-back.

Read past the jump to see what went down.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 7: The FailCast

That's Offside!
February 27 2015 11:30AM

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This week, Garret and Rhys welcome internet friend and Flames fan Mike Fail (@MikeFAIL) to the podcast to discuss the Jets recent trade, the Canucks outlook at the deadline, Mike's love of John Scott, and how great Jaromir Jagr has been through his career. We also react in real time to the David Clarkson news! Join us after the jump to listen!

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Former Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel retires from professional hockey

Thomas Drance
February 27 2015 10:30AM

Former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel has called it a career.

Lots of Canucks fans probably don't think of Sopel as a Canucks defensemen first and foremost, and that's fair enough, he won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks after all. He was a Canucks draft pick though, and ranks in the top-20 defensemen in Canucks franchise history in every major statistical category (games played, plus/minus, goals scored, points, game winning goals and on and on). 

Sopel was quietly a big part of the beloved West Coast Express teams. He also played a small and indirect role in my development as a hockey fan and pundit. I'll share the anecdote with you after the jump.

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