October 06 2015 12:00PM
The regular season is upon us! The Canucks exhibition series has come to a close, and as exciting as all the points the kids put up were, they don’t mean jack squat in terms of career numbers. Now that the vets have worked out the kinks, and the kids have made their mark on the roster, the real hockey is about to start. And real hockey means real numbers.
Milestones are arbitrary markers that bring special feels to players and fans. Is the difference between 99 goals and 100 goals really greater than the difference between 98 goals and 99 goals? Of course not. Does it feel like it is? Hell yes.
Now these stats certainly aren’t fancy, so maybe they aren’t quite the style of numbers that we at Canucks Army are known to fawn over - but human beings like milestones, and dammit, we’re humans too. So let’s check out which of your beloved Canucks are reasonably within reach of milestones this season.
October 06 2015 10:36AM
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Frank Corrado is no longer a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization.
The 22-year-old right-handed shooting defender, a fifth-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was placed on waivers on Monday in order to make room on the 23-man roster for surprising 22-year-old left-handed shooting defender Ben Hutton. He was claimed right at the top of the waiver priority order by the Toronto Maple Leafs and it seems unlikely they were the only team that put in a claim. Corrado, a native of Woodbridge, ON, is going home.
Though the Canucks failed to get Corrado through waivers, they did manage to sneak Linden Vey through. He'll help offset the offseason departure of ace AHL playmaker Cal O'Reilly. Alex Biega and his big AHL salary similarly passed through waivers.
October 06 2015 09:58AM
With the roster almost set for opening night, there are a lot of fresh faces on the Canucks. Read past the jump to get more acquainted with the young blood (literally, in Jake Virtanen's case).
October 05 2015 03:00PM
Zak Kassian smashed his truck in front of my home.bloodied and dazed on his way to hospital.get well soon!!!! pic.twitter.com/QHPIZTD1XJ— steve petrenko (@stevenp57) October 4, 2015
The Vancouver Canucks got tired of waiting for Zack Kassian to figure it out maturity wise, which is partly why they paid a small premium - in the form of a fifth-round draft pick - to rid themselves of a headache this past summer.
Now, following an uninspired performance in the preseason, the 24-year-old forward finds himself in yet another spot of hot water in Montreal, this one more serious than anything that occurred during his Canucks tenure, following a car crash this weekend.
October 05 2015 12:00PM
It's time for the second and final power rankings of the preseason! Read on past the jump to find out where your favourites (and least favourites) have landed after 8 exhibition games.