Dispatches From the Waiver Wire: Teddy Purcell

J.D. Burke
December 03 2016 06:26PM

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Teddy Purcell is one of the better-travelled forwards in the NHL, and it appears as though another destination awaits the veteran forward based on this Elliott Friedman report.

The Los Angeles Kings hoped they'd plugged an area of need when they signed Purcell on the cheap in the dog days of summer, but that best-laid plan hasn't come together. In 12 games with the Kings, Purcell's amassed two assists at even strength and is their single worst player by Corsi For at 44% on the season.

Generally, when we're looking at veterans that find themselves on the waiver wire, it's less about them being bad as it is them not hitting organizational expectations. Purcell's is a rare case where the players hit the mark on both fronts, though, and is teetering on the edge of losing his NHL career entirely.

Is this a situation where the Canucks can capitalize on an ugly fit and acquire a veteran scorer with a history of productivity for, well, nothing? Or would the Canucks be wise to pass up on Purcell's tenuous status as an NHL player? Let's delve in and find out.

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What They're Saying: Trevor Linden's 'Tell-All'

Vanessa Jang
December 03 2016 01:43PM

With the Vancouver Canucks playing host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the visiting team's media circus has followed them across the Rockies and into Rogers Arena.

This trip, though, is a bit out of the ordinary. When these teams last played a month ago, each side wreaked physical havoc on the other. Naturally, the media wants player responses and to see if those same fires burn within them a month later.

There are those, though, who'd prefer to take a path less travelled. Count Sportsnet's Luke Fox among them. He's one of a handful of Toronto press members who've traversed Rogers Arena already, and he has the inside track on interviews as a result. He spoke with Canucks President Trevor Linden, in a lengthy question and answer format interview.

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Luca Sbisa Turning the Corner; Embracing a Mentor's Role

J.D. Burke
December 03 2016 09:00AM

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The romanticism of playing in a Canadian market certainly has its allure. It isn't without its pratfalls either, and one needn't look any further than the Canucks' Luca Sbisa to see those very real implications.

Fairly or otherwise, Sbisa's spent the entirety of his time in the Canucks organization at the butt end of many a fan and analyst's jokes. His combined penchant for giveaways, Italian heritage and a perhaps a hint of assonance meant he wasn't turning pucks over -- he was delivering pizzas. Or rather, he was delivering Spizzas.

That hasn't been the case this season. Sbisa's playing the best hockey of his career, every bit invigorated by the offensive freedoms of a newly minted system and supported by the defensive patience their coaches preach.

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CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 25 - CANUCKS VS. LEAFS (HNIC)

Always90four
December 03 2016 02:24AM

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Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, Canucks/Leafs.

What else could you honestly want in a game? This one has a chance to be a classic. No, not because we all think Erik Gudbranson is going to "kill" Matt Martin (because let's be serious, he hasn't hurt a fly this year) or that Auston Matthews gets to shine under the lights of Rogers Arena. 

This game is going to be a classic because even though the Canucks have fallen out of relevance in the league's mind, the spark that was ignited a few weeks ago has re-lit the flame bringing the east coast/west coast rivalry back.

Usually, when the Canucks and Leafs played in the past, it was must-see TV. Tonight, I believe we are going to get that again.

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Forbes Ranks Canucks as 7th-Most Valuable NHL Team: Why It's Concerning

Vanessa Jang
December 02 2016 04:58PM

Since the team's peak years from 2009-2012, the Vancouver Canucks organization has enjoyed their fair share of ups and downs. It's no secret the team has been on a decline over the past few years especially, though. Some remain hopeful and optimistic about the present, while others would like to see a regime that solely focuses on the future. 

On Wednesday, Forbes released their annual NHL Valuations for 2016. At the top of the list were the cream of the crop Original Six, while the smaller hockey markets crowded the bottom. Being a Canadian market in a city that seemingly lives and breathes hockey, the Forbes listed the Vancouver Canucks as the 7th-most valuable NHL franchise. Sounds impressive right? It definitely is, but there are also some concerns that may arise within business operations.

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