Could AHL Affiliate Musical Chairs Bring a Canucks Farm Team to the Valley?

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 01:21PM

On Monday afternoon, veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks are in active talks to purchase the Peoria Riverman, an AHL club currently owned and affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.

The plan, according to Mayenknecht, would be for the Peoria Rivermen to be purchased by the Aquilini group that owns the Canucks. The Canucks would then move to the Fraser Valley in place of the Flames affiliated Abbotsford Heat who would move on to Utica (as previously and denied by the Flames). To complete this round of musical chairs, the St. Louis Blues would take on Vancouver's current AHL affiliate, the independent minded Chicago Wolves as their new farm team.

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Why Brandon Dubinsky Makes Sense in Vancouver

Jeff Angus
March 20 2013 10:30AM

I am not Brandon Dubinsky’s agent. However, I am going to pretend I am for the next 1000 words (give or take). Grantland writer Bill Barnwell recently wrote his NFL free agent previews this way – he would attempt to pitch or ‘sell’ the player to prospective GMs.

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Jekyll & Hyde Both Make Appearance In Canucks Win Over Blues: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
March 20 2013 12:33AM

Rust? What rust? Schneider was tremendous in the early going, keeping the Canucks in it until they found their legs.

This game probably justifies having three separate recaps, since none of the periods really had anything to do with each other. It makes me wonder what a potential fourth period of hockey would have looked like; likely a bunch of sluggish, tired play since it's, you know, a fourth period of hockey. 

The Canucks shrugged off a nearly disastrous opening 20 minutes, before taking control of the game in the middle frame en route to a 3-0 lead. Things got dicey in the third as the Blues countered with an onslaught of their own, but the home team wound up holding on for a desperately needed 2 points.

Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.

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Afternoon Headshots March 19th

Thomas Drance
March 19 2013 03:17PM

Here's a Zack Kassian tryptch because why not?
Image via Sealcat.

Today at Canucks Army we recapped Monday night's loss to the Wild, defended the notion of "staying the course" and previewed Tuesday night's tilt between the Blues and the Canucks in Vancouver.

If you're feeling Canuck-y (punk), read past the jump for more Canucks related links and news.

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Game #29 Preview: Blues @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 19 2013 01:32PM

Jordan Schroeder did something well, but the Canucks aren't celebrating. They're trying to get him back on the bench, per the coaches orders. That's how  Alain Vigneault rolls.

It's a short turn-around for the Vancouver Canucks, as they don't have very much time to dwell on their perplexing loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The St. Louis Blues come into town, and things could get ugly if the Canucks don't figure out a way to turn things around on the fly. Especially given how well the opposition has been playing in recent weeks.

Forget the Northwest Division title for now; the Canucks flat out need to start getting some wins. They are 3-5-2 in their last 10, and suddenly find themselves in a fight just to stay in the Western Conference's top 8. A good place to start the climb back up the standings would be tonight against a fellow puck possession juggernaut.

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