Canucks trade Jared McCann, 2nd round pick and 4th round pick to Florida for Gudbranson and 5th round pick

Ryan Biech
May 25 2016 07:17PM

With game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and St Louis Blues underway, the Vancouver Canucks have made a trade with the Florida Panthers.

The Canucks have traded 2014 1st round pick Jared McCann, along with 2016 2nd round pick (33rd overall) and 2016 4th round pick (93rd overall) for Erik Gudbranson and 2016 NYI 5th round pick (139 overall)

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Because it's the Cap: Vancouver Canucks

J.D. Burke
May 25 2016 02:00PM

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Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

The Vancouver Canucks and their fan base just endured one of the worst, most drawn out and fruitless seasons in recent memory. That's no small order given that the Canucks are just two seasons removed from the John Tortorella era, in all its infamy. They set out to make the playoffs and failed. Miserably. They wound up finishing third last in the entire league and are now further in their halfway-rebuild to show for it.

Of course, one could hardly blame the Canucks or they're management team entirely. There was no accounting for the injuries to Brandon Sutter, Dan Hamhuis, Henrik Sedin, etc. that riddled the Canucks lineup at the most critical parts of their season. I don't think anyone expected Radim Vrbata to fall so far off from last season. The Canucks didn't help themselves last off-season, but it's not like they were loaned any by lady luck, either.

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WWYDW: Kris Russell vs. Dan Hamhuis Round 7,543,986

J.D. Burke
May 25 2016 01:00PM

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Jason Botchford kicked a hornets nest yesterday when he invoked the season-long battle between hockey analysts over which defenceman reigns supreme. In the blue corner: Dan Hamhuis. Formerly in the red corner: Kris Russell.

It's the trade deadline all over again. Well, to some extent. I mean, nothing has actually happened just yet. It's strictly speculation, albeit terrifying all the same. Then again, I'm of a different, more analytically inclined hockey mind than most.

I'm curious... what are your thoughts on this debate? Would you rather the Canucks pursue Russell in free agency than re-sign Hamhuis?

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Year in Review Series Wrap-Up

J.D. Burke
May 25 2016 11:00AM

With the final instalment of the Year in Review series posted yesterday, I figured now was as good a time as any to do a retrospective on the entire lot. The process started in the middle of April and almost lasted into June. Almost every Canucks Army writer contributed, offering their own unique takes on the Canucks lineups from a player-by-player perspective.

Let's look at the group as a whole, with links and everything, on the other side of the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #28 Will Bitten

J.D. Burke
May 25 2016 08:00AM

Will Bitten has seen some stuff, man. Though immensely talented and beaming with promise, the 2017 draft prospect just survived most bizarre seasons a franchise has ever endured in the rich history of the Canadian Hockey League.

The Flint Firebirds were a trainwreck last season. The team's owner fired their coach after he refused to play his son often enough. The team walked out on ownership. Ownership was then forced to re-hire said coach by the league, before inevitably firing him before the end of the season. The league then enforced suspensions, fines and other punitive measures as a result. Did I mention this was their inaugural season, too?

Throughout all this, Bitten remained defiantly productive and showcased high-end talent and poise as the rock that kept the Firebirds ship from washing ashore entirely. As Jeff Marek so aptly described the situation for Bitten on an episode of his junior hockey podcast, "he was everything for that hockey team". That's high praise for a 17-year-old. Bitten wasn't underserving of the distinction though and we'll explain why as we introduce him as the 28th ranked prospect in our profile series.

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