September 27 2015 10:01AM
If there was any angst in the Vancouver market regarding the sooner-than-expected demotions of notable, popular and fun Canucks prospects Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Subban during training camp, then it was relegated to Twitter, fan message boards and the occasional super nerdy hockey bar conversation.
Certainly neither player said boo, and neither did their agents. Meanwhile, team officials went out of their way to praise both players (Canucks assistant coach Perry Pearn ladled it on thick when discussing the possibility of a Shinkaruk recall this season, for example). There's been no Cody Hodgson-like back and forth in the press, and there isn't likely to be.
The same sense of 'cooler heads prevailing' doesn't apply to the situation that Boston Bruins forward Alex Khoklachev finds himself in at the moment. The skilled, Russian-born forward had some extraordinary comments last week in which he suggested that, perhaps, he hadn't received a fair shot to earn a spot on the team over the past few seasons. Inevitably, a variety of rumours - ranging from Khoklachev heading to the KHL, or being dangled in a possible Dustin Byfuglien deal - are beginning to fly.
Let's get in on it: does trading for Khoklachev make sense for the Canucks?
September 26 2015 10:53PM
It’s not often a team gets a chance to avenge a gut-wrenching preseason loss just one day later (ok it has happened like 15 times this week, but stay with me). Still the Canucks can consider themselves lucky that they got the opportunity to do so. And they lost! Vengeance thwarted! In overtime no less!
Read past the jump for highlights and more from Vancouver's fourth game of the 2015 NHL preseason!
September 26 2015 04:00PM
How great is 3-on-3 overtime? It's the best, isn't it? You play
a hard fought 60 minutes and then as a bonus you get 5 minutes of "gong show hockey". BRILLIANT! Thankfully this charade of fake bonus hockey will be over soon. Sadly for the Canucks, that just means the games they've been playing will be over after the final buzzer. We've all been patient, and we're getting close to seeing a full roster in the preseason.
September 26 2015 01:19PM
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Snip, snip. The training camp cuts have begun. The Vancouver Canucks are in the process of trimming down their roster as the regular season approaches.
This week, 17 players were released from the Canucks preseason roster—twelve on Tuesday, two more on Thursday, and four more on Saturday (including Hunter Shinkaruk). Goaltender Richard Bachman also cleared waivers and was assigned to the Utica Comets. That leaves 22 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders in camp—35 players in total.
The odds of making the team are improving for the players that are still in Vancouver, but the Canucks' roster will need to be down to 23 men on opening night. Here's a breakdown of how the remaining players are faring as the Canucks head into the second leg of home-and-home games against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
September 26 2015 01:00PM
It wasn’t all that long ago that Brendan Gaunce was all but written off as a Canucks prospect. In the span of a single season, however, Gaunce has suddenly emerged as the most likely candidate to graduate from the Comets to the Canucks this season.
In the wake of a preseason injury, there is an extra spot open. After impressing at the Young Stars Classic, is the door open for Brendan Gaunce to make his NHL debut?