October 04 2015 01:16PM
Born and raised in British Columbia, Dan Hamhuis is a consummate professional on and off the ice, and has proven time and time again, his worth in a hockey-crazed market. He is the rare case of a British Columbia-born top free agent making the plunge to return home in past years. (But Sakic, Niedermayer(s), Franson and Kariya will come here eventually, right?). His absence was felt when he was knocked out of the lineup in 2011, and will go down as one of the true fan favourites in Canucks lore.
October 04 2015 11:36AM
He was an under the radar free agency pickup, brought in to shore up the top six and put yet another gifted winger with the Sedin twins, and Radim Vrbata did not disappoint. He was one of the bright spots of the 2014-15 Vancouver Canucks season, setting career-best totals and rejuvenating the aging Sedins after a season of turmoil in 2013-14. And, his backstory extends long before the Vancouver spotlight as well.
October 03 2015 10:40PM
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I'd like to say that it's been something like two months since general manager Jim Benning did something that made Canucks fans cringe, but I just saw Brandon Sutter stuck on the first line as a winger with the Sedin Twins.
I know the general manager doesn't create lines, but Benning, I feel this one's still on you.
October 03 2015 05:30PM
Eight preseason games, wow! We made it. A lot has happened in the last few weeks and the final decisions will be made after tonight. Brendan Gaunce and Ronalds Kenins were sent down to Utica. So guess who's left: Jared McCann, Jake Virtanen and Ben Hutton. The Oilers come to Rogers Arena and if it's anything like Thursday's game, we're in for a treat.
October 03 2015 03:00PM
All was quiet on the Western front for the Vancouver Canucks as the 2015 NHL trade deadline neared a close. Not long after the noon deadline, though, it was revealed that the Canucks acquired Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second round pick.
I had my reservations about the acquisition at first, if for no other reason than the Canucks had to surrender a mid-round pick in an obscenely deep draft. Musing on sober second thoughts though, it became increasingly clear that this move was an outright victory for the Canucks and Jim Benning.
At 22 years old, the development process has all but been skipped and the Canucks can still cash in on his peak years - and then some. Players that produce at a similar rate to Baertschi also have a higher rate of success than your average second rounder, meaning the Canucks also tipped the scales in their favour.
Let's check out what Canucks Army's number one ranked prospect has to offer, on the other side of the jump.