Maximizing Returns on Vrbata Extend Past This Season

J.D. Burke
November 27 2015 03:00PM

For the better part of this season, the Sedins have skated alongside Jannik Hansen. Empirically speaking, the clumsy Dane offers the Canucks the best bet to maximize their return on the Twins and the evidence suggested as much well before they caught fire most recently.

This has left the estranged Radim Vrbata a refugee in the Canucks middle-six. To his credit, the Czech volume shooter has been highly effective in the face of unimaginably poor luck. Similar to Vrbata's displacement from the top line last season, it's also added much-needed scoring punch throughout the remainder of the Canucks lineup.

Given the Canucks publicly ascribed goal of remaining competitive in the face of a daunting rebuild, there's no arguing the logic behind separating Vrbata from the Twins. There's a flip side to this decision, though, which could potentially lead to unwanted consequences in the not-so-distant future.

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November 27 2015 11:22AM

The last time the Canucks faced off in Dallas, there was a certain je ne sais quoi about the music selection throughout the 2nd period. Amusing? Yes. Annoying? Depends. Vancouver was OT'd in Dallas last time around but don't expect this previously lost Canucks team to dwell on that. The Canucks have 2 wins in their last 3 games and are starting to see results from their efforts. Goodbye Nickelback, hello Drake...No, wait, Tom Cochrane. No sorry again, um...Bieb...OK just watch the game.

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Will the Canucks Qualify for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Carol Schram
November 27 2015 08:51AM

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It's U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, and the Vancouver Canucks are in position to make the playoffs.

For all the challenges the Canucks have faced through their first 23 games, that's not a bad start for a group that got no respect from the prognosticators in preseason polls. Here's a sample of some of those expert opinions:

  • The Score - Justin Bourne - sixth in Pacific Division
  • The Hockey News - sixth in Pacific Division
  • Sportsnet - Stephen Burtch using analytics model - 12th in Western Conference
  • Bleacher Report - I went out on a limb and pegged the Canucks for fifth place in the Pacific Division

I gave the Canucks a little more credit than most of the other writers here, but I bought in to the popular beliefs that the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames would be the class of the Pacific and that the Arizona Coyotes were at least one more year away from icing a competitive group.

As it stands right now, those three teams are the biggest threats to Vancouver's playoff status at season's end.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 27 2015 06:45AM

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Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - November 26th, 2015

Josh W
November 26 2015 11:17AM

We are back with another week of the weekly prospect report. There's much to be excited about with Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko in the NCAA, Carl Neill in the CHL, Anton Rodin and Nikita Tryamkin in Europe and even Dane Fox in the ECHL having a great week. Without waiting too long, let's dig into what they have done!

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