WWYDW: The Ideal Second Line

J.D. Burke
July 13 2016 01:42PM


The Canucks roster ain't perfect, but they're going to have to learn to make do with what they've got. Another way to look at is they've a multitude of options and flexibility therein. The hope is that they can catch lightning in a bottle with just the right combination and get the secondary scoring they desperately need as a result.

It's a topic we've been discussing at length of late on this platform. Satiar Shah started the trend by looking for the right mix in the Canucks middle-six. This morning Jackson took that a step further, by examining the Canucks options and whether they're up to the task. Now it's your turn.

So, if you were tasked with drawing the Canucks lineup on the white board, how would your second line look? Now, just to make this interesting, you can sign someone in free agency or execute a (realistic) trade to suit your needs. But remember, this is just your second-line. Let's save the other three for another day.

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Do the Canucks Have A Second Line?

Jackson McDonald
July 13 2016 11:00AM

The Canucks' lack of secondary offence was a hot topic last season, and with good reason. In spite of a vintage offensive performance from Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen's emergence as a 20-goal scorer, the club finished with the league's second-worst offence in 2015-16. 

Secondary scoring's been elusive for a few seasons now, though. Fans are at a point where they have a difficult time remembering the club's last authentic second line. A reality they confront more often than not with the tongue in cheek description of the Canucks, as a team with "three third lines".

Acquiring Loui Eriksson is bound to alleviate concerns about goal-scoring, but he's also likely to play alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Such a development leaves the future of the Canucks middle-six shrouded in mystery. Satiar Shah explored the possibility of moving Eriksson down the lineup in favour of Jannik Hansen, but that addresses just one of the many questions facing that section of the lineup.

A trade or signing may still be to come, but as of right now the question remains: can the Canucks expect to have a true second line next season? 

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How Much Longer Should the Canucks Keep Their AHL Franchise in Utica?

Jeremy Davis
July 13 2016 09:00AM


On Monday the Montreal Canadiens announced that they would be relocating their American Hockey League franchise from its current location in St. John’s, Newfoundland to Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. During the press conference in which the move was announced, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin listed the proximity of the NHL and AHL franchises as a chief reason for the move.

The Canadiens are far from the first team to do this. It's another in a growing list of AHL-NHL partnerships that involves either sharing an arena or close proximity to each other. The benefits are clear: it would ease their ability to track the progress of their minor pro prospects as well as give feedback and instruction. Which begs the question: How long can the Canucks afford to keep their AHL franchise in Utica?

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Odds and Ends: Development Camp, Carcone & Stewart

Ryan Biech
July 12 2016 11:52AM

Last week, I bundled together a few of the smaller stories into one post and dubbed it 'Odds and Ends'. I liked it so much, I am doing it again this week.

What you will find here, is just a few smaller news pieces that are not worthy of a full post, but are definitely worth mentioning. So without further ado, let's look at the week that was.

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Canucks Re-Sign Mike Zalewski

Jackson McDonald
July 11 2016 07:44PM

                                 Mike Zalewski 

The Canucks have re-signed AHL forward Mike Zalewski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $632,500. 

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