October 05 2016 04:51PM
Chris Tanev has made a name for himself in the National Hockey League as a quiet, confident defenseman whose best attribute may just be the way he processes the game and executes calmly under pressure. Very little rattles the 26-year-old. That’s the ‘hockey’ Chris Tanev that Vancouver Canucks fans have come to know and appreciate.
Put Tanev in front of a television watching his beloved Toronto Blue Jays grind out an extra inning win to advance to the American League Divisional Series as they did on Tuesday night and it’s a different story. That calm demeanour and those mild manners go out the window as quickly as Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run walk-off homer left the park.
October 05 2016 04:44PM
While the average training camp typically provides enough media fodder all on its own, there are a couple of extra wrinkles for the Canucks this season. One is that Troy Stecher, who probably should have been around ninth or tenth on the Canucks’ defensive depth, has been pretty clearly better than all but three or four Canuck defencemen this preseason, opening up the conversation about waiving players that we didn’t think we’re going to get waived.
A second wrinkle that has caught Vancouver’s attention in the past couple of days is the games played threshold for exposure in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. How serious of an issue is this for the Canucks, and what sort of sneaky ways are there to work around it?
October 05 2016 01:30PM
It is a particularly busy day on the NHL waiver wire, which features at least one NHL-caliber forward, defenceman and goaltender. Most teams still have a lot of bodies in training camp, but the names on today’s list have to be tempting.
October 05 2016 12:00PM
This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.
There isn't much you can really do to improve your chances at success when you play in the same division as the defending Stanley Cup Champions and Presidents Trophy winner.
It's hard to imagine anybody getting past either the Capitals or Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings, but with the Rangers and Islanders seemingly poised to take a step backwards, one of the rebuilding teams could take an opportunity to trend upwards.
October 05 2016 09:00AM
The pre-season is coming to an end this weekend, and the real season will be here in short order.
At this moment, things are a little messy. Players like Troy Stecher, Jack Skille, Tuomo Ruutu,Brendan Gaunce, and Joe Labate have had very good showings, obviously to varying degrees, and are pushing themselves into the conversation for the opening night rosters. On the flip side, there are a few players that were expected to occupy a roster spot that just haven't live up to expectations.