February 27 2015 10:30AM
Former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel has called it a career.
Lots of Canucks fans probably don't think of Sopel as a Canucks defensemen first and foremost, and that's fair enough, he won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks after all. He was a Canucks draft pick though, and ranks in the top-20 defensemen in Canucks franchise history in every major statistical category (games played, plus/minus, goals scored, points, game winning goals and on and on).
Sopel was quietly a big part of the beloved West Coast Express teams. He also played a small and indirect role in my development as a hockey fan and pundit. I'll share the anecdote with you after the jump.
February 27 2015 09:00AM
With the NHL trade deadline but a few days away, anxious general managers have become increasingly active with the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future.
Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.
In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management.
Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? What do you say we take a look at that on the other side of the jump?
February 27 2015 08:00AM
After beating the Bruins in Boston, the Canucks blew it in Buffalo, losing to the lottery-bound Sabres by a 6-3 score. Click past the jump for out post-game graphic recap!
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February 27 2015 06:00AM
Leafs, Jets and Kings already making deals, David Clarkson's contract, Curtis Glencross, an Oilers Cartoon, a knock down punch and all the coverage leading up to the trade deadline you need in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
February 26 2015 08:36PM
Winners of four of their last five contests, the Vancouver Canucks took their hot streak to the First Niagara Center looking to close out their successful Eastern swing against the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
Reeling from injuries throughout their lineup and road wearied, circumstances weren't in the Canucks corner going into tonight's contest. Then again, how does one complain when it's arguably the worst team in hockey history in the other end?
In a trudging, ugly sort of game that would favour a less skilled team like the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver didn't have enough left in the tank to secure the win. Defensive miscues and poor bounces played a large role in felling the Canucks, who left Buffalo on the losing end of a 6-3 score.
Lets break it all down, on the other side of the jump.