January 29 2016 01:24PM
Touching article from Raffi Torres in the Players' Tribune. pic.twitter.com/u1xSjOidaX— tylermac (@tylermac) January 29, 2016
Former Vancouver Canucks forward, Raffi Torres, has been placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks. Torres last skated with the Canucks in their 2011 Stanley Cup Final match with the Boston Bruins, before leaving via free agency to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Much was made in the preceding campaigns of the Canucks inability to replace Torres' pugnacity and violence in the lineup, prompting Mike Gillis to try and reacquire Torres at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline. Time, suspensions and a bevy of injuries have since passed, but I can't help but wonder if there's a player worth giving a shot here.
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January 29 2016 06:00AM
LeafsNation is now TankNation, Wideman runs over ref in Calgary, Barkov's contract impact on Sean Monahan, a Horvat for Douin trade possible in Vancouver, Ken Holland shouldn't have a phone at the trade deadline, Jets look to sign Byfuglien and not Ladd, Nail Yakupov positive possession in Edmonton, a look around the NHL at the break, all kinds of trade deadline scenarios and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
January 28 2016 12:31PM
Another week has passed in the whacky world of Canucks prospects. Many players returned from injury - others got injured. Hunter Shinkaruk will represent the Comets and Canucks at the AHL All-Star Game this week and the CHL/NHL Top Prospect game is tonight!
So there is a lot going on this week, and you've come to the one place with all the Canucks prospects information you need!
Let's break it all down in this week's edition of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report.
January 28 2016 09:00AM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
*On the phone with the boss*
"Do I really have to recap that weekend? Seriously? It was just so... Well, fine then."
Last weekend sucked if you are a Utica Comets fan.
I guess they had it coming. The Comets played just the two games - both against the AHL's best and most dangerous team. A team that they'd stayed close with in previous encounters. A trend that was cut short last weekend, as the Comets were ground into mulch by the Toronto Marlies.
January 27 2016 05:00PM
When the Canucks resume their regular season schedule on February 4th, following the completion of the All-Star break, there will be two pairs of games being played in Vancouver for essentially the duration of February and they aren't mutually exclusive.
On the ice, they'll have 11 chances to continue their season-long rock fight with their Pacific Division peers. While the Sharks and Ducks appear to have started rounding into a form that'll eventually distinguish themselves from the pack, there's still enough wiggle room there for the improbable nature of hockey to throw a monkey wrench into the playoff race.
Maybe of more interest for our purposes is what'll happen off the ice during that time, with the February 29th trade deadline looming large. While the Canucks have a couple of impending free agents on their books that could be on the way out in the coming weeks, a particular name that seems to be gaining traction these days is Dan Hamhuis.