Out of the System: Jeremy Price

Dimitri Filipovic
August 17 2013 01:34PM


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On Thursday afternoon, the deadline for NHL teams to sign former NCAA players (who had just graduated in the Spring) to entry-level contracts passed. As it turns out, the deadline came and went without any news on the Jeremy Price front; this means one of two things: the Canucks decided not to offer him a deal, or he simply chose not to sign. EIther way, this means that the organization has parted ways with their former 4th rounder.

Apparently the.. (wait for it).. (wait for it).. price wasn't right.

Read on for more on the situation, and Price himself.

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Prospect Profile: #11 Joacim Eriksson

Patrick Johnston
August 16 2013 10:30AM


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"Swedish goalies, unite!"

It's a little-known fact that one of the reasons Mike Gillis was hired as Canucks GM is his Swedish-goalie power ring. It's useful in finding big Swedish dudes who want to stop pucks for a living and are highly regarded across the board.

I kid of course (about the ring part). The rest is true. Joacim Eriksson is big, and he's highly regarded.

How highly regarded? Click past the jump to find out.

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Remembering Rick Rypien Two Years Later

Dimitri Filipovic
August 15 2013 02:16PM

On this day two years ago, former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home, just a few months after he had signed a contract with the Winnipeg Jets. While he could legitimately play hockey - unlike many of the guys who played similar roles around the league - there's no doubt that he was still known for his toughness, and what he was capable of doing when the mitts were dropped. While he only suited up for the Canucks in 136 games over the span of his career, the imprint that he left on the team and their fans is undeniable.

By all accounts he continued to be a great teammate, and friend, even amidst all of the personal turmoil he was fighting through. It was for that reason that there was such an emotional outpour from people who knew him, sharing their fondest stories from over the years. Then there were the fans, who could relate due to their own personal struggles, who were inspired to share their own stories with the world.

While it's unquestionably tragic that such a young man with so much to live for took his own life, it wasn't all for naught. His story, and that of someone like Derek Boogard, has forced the issue in shifting the discussion and awareness of mental illness from something that was long considered taboo to something that we're all now cognisant of.

In the past two years there have been many, many beautiful words written on both the subject of mental illness, and Rick Rypien himself. I don't have much else to add that hasn't already been said. So instead, I've decided that on this day, I'd simply pass along some of my personal favourite articles that have been written for those that either haven't gotten to read them yet, or would like to give them another look. After all, this is a day of remembering for most.

Read on for more.

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Prospect Profile: #12 Alexandre Grenier

Jeff Angus
August 15 2013 10:16AM


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To say that Alexandre Grenier has followed an unconventional developmental path since he was drafted by the Canucks in 2011 would be a bit of an understatement.

The lanky winger has played in four different leagues over the past two seasons – the QMJHL, Austria’s top pro league, the AHL, and the ECHL. Where will be suit up this coming season? And, more importantly, where does he stand as a prospect within this organization?

Read on for more.

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Prospect Profile: #13 Alexandre Mallet

Dimitri Filipovic
August 14 2013 10:21AM


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When the Vancouver Canucks selected Alexandre Mallet 57th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft, nearly everyone simultaneously raised their eyebrows in a show of surprise. After all, this was a player that had been passed over entirely by all 30 teams (including the Canucks) in the previous two drafts. 

It wasn't necessarily an indictment against Mallet - who had just finished off a rather impressive season for the Rimouski Oceanic - but moreso a shared feeling that Mike Gillis and company had needlessly reached for a player that would've surely been available later on in the draft.

At the time, I somewhat half-heartedly defended the decision; if they truly valued him as a prospect, and believed that he was legit, then I had no real issue with them ensuring that he became a member of the organization. Even if it meant reaching. Unfortunately, his play this past season did little to support the idea that he's actually "legit".

Read on past the jump for more on Mallet, his disappointing campaign, and what's next.

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