Babych Please - April 29th, 2016

Grainne Downey
April 29 2016 01:00PM

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The Canucks aren't in the playoffs but they've still got things to worry about, like the imminent draft lottery, hypothetical burning buildings, and more!

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5 Times the Vancouver Canucks Were Unlucky at the Draft

J.D. Burke
April 29 2016 11:00AM

Just three short days ago we began preparing you for the NHL Draft Lottery with a countdown of the five luckiest moments at the draft in Canucks history. Today we're taking you back down memory lane, counting down five such unlucky events in the Canucks sordid history at the draft. 

Today's countdown is likely more accessible to Canucks fans, and especially those that have stuck through it all in these most trying seasons that followed their last Stanley Cup run. Though I don't buy into the conspiracies that drive the tinfoil industry in this province, I see the reasons for doom, gloom and a nasty victim complex around town. 

In fact, I've five examples on the other side of the jump that were almost good enough to push me over that ledge. Perhaps they'll have a similar effect on you, but there's only one way to find out.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 29 2016 05:00AM

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Do the Wings ever consider a new GM, Nazem Kadri and his penalties, Oilers and PK Subban, Canucks draft luck, Flames year end review, Cap strapped teams, round two of playoffs, Jarome Iginla, Mark Giordano, Jake Virtanen, lots of draft talk and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Friday Roundtable: On Travis Green

J.D. Burke
April 28 2016 11:34PM

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The Utica Comets were bounced from the AHL playoffs last night, losing 6-3 to the Albany Devils and dropping the series 3-1. Now that the Canucks farm team is through with their season, the question of head coach Travis Green's future comes to the foray.

Assuming everything remains constant, it appears as though Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins will get a chance to right the ship as the club's head coach next season. He survived a third-last finish and exit meetings, so I can't imagine anything changing between now and then. Not to mention the vote of confidence he's received on multiple occasions from Trevor Linden. That helps.

It makes me wonder, though... Does Desjardins deserve another chance at the expense of Vancouver's ability to hire Green? I put the question to the Canucks Army staff, just to be sure. It's certainly an interesting hypothetical.

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Utica Comets Eliminated from AHL Playoffs

J.D. Burke
April 28 2016 09:53PM

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The Utica Comets season has come to a conclusion, as they bowed out of the AHL playoffs tonight, following a 6-3 loss to the Albany Devils. The first round of the AHL playoffs are settled in best of five series, and the Devils were able to dispatch the Comets in four. 

Though the final score tells the story of a shellacking, it should be noted that the Comets displayed great resilience, clawing back within two of the Devils before an empty-net marker put the final nail in their season's coffin.

Alexandre Grenier (one goal, one assist) and T.J. Hensick (two goals) led the comeback effort for the Comets. Though Joe Cannata was given the starters nod, it was Richard Bachman who finished the game, appearing in relief of the embattled Comets netminder.

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