Hunter Shinkaruk sent back to WHL

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 02:30PM

Alain Vigneault proves once again he just doesn't want kids on his roster.

Wait... Vigneault isn't here anymore?

This isn't unexpected, looking at the roster moves that happened yesterday. The Canucks needed to clear out a body after adding Zac Dalpe and again after adding Ryan Stanton, and really, what's worth burning a year on Shinkaruk's entry-level deal when he needs to be around for cheap in the years when all those long term contracts start to pile up?

For B.C.-based Canuck fans that want to get a look at Shinkaruk, the Medicine Hat Tigers actually make two Western trips this season.

November 12 - @ Prince George
November 13 - @ Kamloops
November 15 - @ Vancouver
November 16 - @ Kelowna

January 21 - @ Victoria
January 22 - @ Vancouver
January 24 - @ Kelowna
January 25 - @ Kamloops

They'll also play in Cranbrook on January 5, February 19 and March 7. I wouldn't expect Shinkaruk to be in that January 5 game. He should be on Team Canada at the World Juniors in Sweden this winter. Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce also have good shots at that roster.

It's not the end of the world. Sending down Bo Horvat and Shinkaruk, unfortuantely, means we'll never see the Bo - Hunter - Bow Hunter line with the two kids and David Booth.

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#51 Hard Puck City
October 02 2013, 01:25AM
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Man! All this drama and bickering over a team that's never amounted to anything, and will not amount to anything this year. Same team, worse than the one that went to the finals. Chill out, no need to argue over what ifs when the team hasn't done nothing squat. It's like arguing about a sack of rancid cow dung. Save your energy, of all the things in this world, the Canuck's are not worth it! LOL

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#52 JFR
October 02 2013, 08:36AM
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Yes Gillis said there would be a reset and all the kids would get every opportunity to make the team, and they did and there was. The Canucks team has reset, from an up and down circus act to a disciplined protect your zone team. At least I hope that is true... The Sedins are embracing Torts system and all around play, in fact he said they were pissed off they didn't play on the PK. Funny that the Swedish coach had them out there, but maybe that says more about AV than anything.... Except maybe sitting garrison on the P.P. There is your reset, and if there are vets that out play #1 picks then they should play. Going young for just the sake of going young is what Fla does. The kids will have their time and if they are going to be great, no reason to burn a year of ELC on 3/4th line duty

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#53 Josh
October 02 2013, 10:16AM
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@Ted

Welp, thanks for basically making my point for me.

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