Why the Canucks Would be Wise to Sign Bo Horvat Long-Term

Ryan Biech
November 22 2016 01:22PM

The Vancouver Canucks have an interesting off-season ahead of them, with quite a few contracts coming off the books.

Some are older players heading towards unrestricted free agency, many of which likely don't figure beyond another year with this franchise. There are, however, a couple pending restricted free agents who are obvious building blocks for the Canucks to take care of, too.

I want to focus today on Bowie Horvat.

Selected 9th overall in 2013, Horvat has come in and been a bright light, and that's why the Canucks should lock him up long term, as soon as possible.

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Brendan Gaunce Hitting his Stride With the Canucks Defensively

J.D. Burke
November 22 2016 09:00AM


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It's easy to take Brendan Gaunce for granted. He's not the most imposing player physically and doesn't often impress himself upon the scoresheet either. But make no mistake about it, he's making his mark.

In a year where development has become something of a taboo talking point around Pat Quinn Way, Gaunce finds himself a staple in the Canucks bottom-six at 22-years-old. He's had different linemates, played in different roles and at different positions too.

The one constant? He's helped the Canucks' suppress opposition offence in each scenario. He's among the team's best players in that regard, and the coach is taking notice.

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Canucks Call Up Joseph LaBate

Jeremy Davis
November 21 2016 05:16PM

With the news this morning that Derek Dorsett may be heading for the Injured Reserve, speculation was abound about who the Canucks might call up in his stead. While Alex Grenier leads the team in scoring, AHL contracted players Curtis Valk and Darren Archibald are on hot streaks, and Jake Virtanen is also there, the Canucks opted to go with Joe LaBate, as he is clearly the Dorsett-iest player available.

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: November 21st

J.D. Burke
November 21 2016 01:00PM


Well, that was an eventful week. The Canucks can score goals again. Who'da thunk it?

Now, if only they could remember to prevent the odd goal or two. That'd be nice. Would've certainly come in handy for Saturday night's game against the dreaded Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, they scored three goals and managed to surrender four in the final 25 or so minutes of the game.

I guess this is the part where I answer your questions. Let's get on to that.

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Anthony Duclair is Available -- You Know the Drill

J.D. Burke
November 21 2016 11:00AM


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The list of players the Canucks should be trying to trade for is a short one, and Anthony Duclair is somewhere near the top of it.

Duclair is 21-years-old, has 114 NHL games under his belt and produced around half a point per game therein. He's the type of player rebuilding franchises build their teams around. The exact type that can help transition a down on their luck franchise from pretender to contender, in the right setting.

And according to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, he's on the trade block for the second time in his young career.

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