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September 09 2016 05:00AM
Win tickets to the premier of Ice Guardians in Toronto, Nylander vs Marner, Canucks hire former player, Jets can't wait for Patrik Laine, X-factors for Flames this season, Oiler line combos, Team North America preview, World Cup news, the expansion draft, a classic scrap from the NHL's latest hire, Dailyfaceoff's fantasy draft kit and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 08 2016 07:11PM
James Sheppard has his fingers crossed and his phone at the ready. As of this moment, however, the veteran forward does not have a professional tryout offer from the Vancouver Canucks or any other National Hockey League team for that matter. So the wait for that call continues.
The 28-year-old Halifax native has been working out at Rogers Arena for much of the summer and was again skating there with Canucks veterans in an informal workout on Thursday morning. His hope is to land an invitation to training camp in Whistler in two weeks, but right now he’s simply an unrestricted free agent without a place to play.
September 08 2016 01:07PM
A new hockey season is almost upon us, but if it's anything like the last few years, something will be missing.
Sure, a lot of it will be the same. Beer will still cost too much. The corporate seats in the lower bowl will still be empty until half way through the first period. The referees will still hate your team. But something won't feel quite right. And it hasn't felt quite right for a few years now.
You know what I'm talking about. You don't go to games to watch Corsis and PDOs. You got to see goals. That's what hockey is all about. It's why they put them up on the scoreboard. But if the trend continues, we'll see fewer goals scored than ever before.
And you know who's to blame for that?
That's right. Millennials.
September 08 2016 09:00AM
Anne-Marie Sorvin: USA Today Sports
I like to think of Jim Benning's first off-season as the Canucks General Manager as his best work to date. We often talk about the difficulties associated with rebuilding through the draft while remaining competitive, but for a summer, at least, Benning straddled that line with deft efficiency.
For the most part, each move aligned with his stated goal to address what he felt were the Canucks most pressing needs. Chief among them was forward depth and in the acquisition of Derek Dorsett, in particular, you get a sense of how the Canucks were going to hit the development and contention birds with a single stone.
Sure, the Canucks surrendered a draft pick (their own third round selection in the 2014 draft) for the privilege, but Dorsett had long been among the league's best fourth liners -- a bizarre, yet noteworthy distinction. Aside from that, Dorsett's pugilistic nature and leadership qualities add value for a club trying to infuse their lineup with youth on an annual basis.
You can accommodate the latter of those qualities at a cost so long as the player holds up their end of the bargain on the former. That hasn't been the case, though. And much like the Linden Vey acquisition made in that same summer -- just moments after Dorsett's -- we're getting closer to the point where we might have to acknowledge that a sound process decision hasn't bore fruit.
And much like Vey before him, we're at a point where we have to ask ourselves if the Canucks are better off without Dorsett.
September 07 2016 07:00PM
The World Cup of Hockey is back after a 12-year hiatus and set to start in just over a week. Whether you care about the tournament or not, that means hockey is on the horizon and semi-competitive hockey at that.
Now, there are a few key differences between this year's incarnation of the on again, off again tournament but none as interesting as the two motley crew rosters assembled under the auspices of European and North American affiliation. If you like an underdog or the story of a rag-tag group of people from varying backgrounds, etc. look no further.
Basically, it's two non-Canadian teams you can cheer on more or less guilt free. I mean, maybe more so for Team North America, but still. Which has me wondering, which of the participating teams at the World Cup of Hockey are you cheering for? Sticking with Canada? Or are you going off the board?
Tell me who you're cheering on and why!