October 16 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks season is upon as, and though they took a 2-1 shootout win last night against Calgary, there are lots of questions about the 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks. Many prognosticators are pinning the Canucks to finish dead last in the division (for good reason), but I decided to take it to the writers on this fine blog to see what they think. Here's what they said. (They had a lot to say)
October 16 2016 01:13AM
It was a relatively uneventful affair, as the Canucks became the final team in the NHL to begin their season, facing off against a Calgary Flames squad that had already played two games. Things weren't looking good through the first 40 minutes, but the Canucks were able to come away with the shootout win, and that's all that really matters.
October 15 2016 01:55PM
It's the Vancouver Canucks against the world. In spite of a strong off-season, projections, predictions and flat out guesses elsewhere all point to a last place finish and a lottery ball determining this season's worth.
And yet, the Canucks refuse to go gentle into that good night. They spent much of this off-season chasing the post-season dragon. Whereas a team with no apparent succession plan for their ageing core should hoard high-end prospects and the picks to find them, Vancouver didn't blink at the price (Jared McCann and a pair of picks) to acquire sturdy stay-at-home defenceman Erik Gudbranson. Similarly, they defied convention when kicking the door down in free agency to throw term and cash at a 30-plus free agent in Loui Eriksson -- the type of move generally reserved for contenders.
October 15 2016 09:00AM
As the Canucks embark on another season, we must all be prepared for the grim reality it could closely resemble last year. There will be high points and low points alike. And if Canucks Head Coach ices lineups similar to the one we're seeing tonight, you can bet coaching will be a hot topic for much of the season.
The Calgary Flames are coming in cold, suffering consecutive losses to the Edmonton OIlers. They're also coming to town to play their second game in as many nights. An early 'W' isn't out of the question for the Canucks.
October 14 2016 07:00PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
After making one final roster move and waiting to see what became of Emerson Etem, the Utica Comets announced their 2016-17 opening roster on Thursday. The roster contains 16 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders, for a total of 26 players.
Read on to check out the official opening roster for the new Comets season, which kicks off tomorrow.