November 17 2016 11:28AM
It was announced this morning that the Canucks have recalled goaltender Michael Garteig from the Alaska Aces of the ECHL:
This move was necessitated by Ryan Miller having the flu, which Matt Sekeres revealed on twitter
Ryan Miller has the flu. Isn't at Rogers Arena for morning skate. Doubtful to dress tonight. Garteig recalled because he's closer than Utica— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) November 17, 2016
November 17 2016 11:00AM
Dane Jackson admits he’s had to rearrange his schedule a couple of times in the few weeks Troy Stecher's patrolled the Vancouver Canucks blueline. He wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to see the young defenseman as he made the jump from college hockey to the big leagues. Jackson, a former Canucks winger in the mid-1990’s, is now an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota where he worked with Stecher for the past four seasons, including last year when UND won a national championship.
He’s managed to catch a couple of Canucks games on television and is delighted to see Stecher looking like the same player he knew at the NCAA level – only Stecher is now holding his own in the best league on the planet.
November 17 2016 09:00AM
This is the first in a semi-regular series where we look back at moments in Canucks history.
It was November and, like today, a Thursday. After dropping the previous ten regular season games, the Canucks finally managed to eke out a win over the San Jose Sharks the night before - a 5-2 decision. Less than 20 games into the season, mired amidst player controversy, indifferent play, and disgruntled ownership, the struggling Canucks finally fired their head coach and one of his assistants.
November 16 2016 02:19PM
The Canucks are off to their worst offensive start in franchise history. They aren't just awful, they're historically awful.
of those 18 teams, 5 of them were seasons by the Washington Capitals right after expansion (74-75, 75-76, 77-78, 78-79, 81-82)...— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) November 11, 2016
After the team's loss to Detroit, the Canucks became just the 17th post-expansion-era team to register two or fewer regulation wins in their first fifteen games. The list of other teams that have managed that feat is a veritable murderer's row of the truly inept, featuring multiple appearances by the Ballard-era Leafs and post-expansion Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. The last team to start their season this poorly was the 2005-06 St. Louis Blues, who finished the season with 57 points.
Suddenly the predictions by USA Today and EA Sports don't look so ridiculous.
November 16 2016 11:23AM
Jake Virtanen is on the move once again. This morning, the Vancouver Canucks announced that the 20-year-old forward is heading back down to the AHL to get some ice-time with the Utica Comets.
An impatient fan may roll their eyes at this kind of move, but it's the one that had to be made. Virtanen was recently sent to Utica to play two games and while registering 6 shots in the team's OT win over Hartford, he still probably could have used some more time down there. But despite that, Virtanen was recalled only to warm a seat in the press box.