May 01 2015 09:00AM
In the first post on this topic, we looked at the issues the Canucks may encounter with their goaltending depth this offseason. This is not an uncommon issue when you can only have 2 players in one position in the NHL and any other talent you may have who is NHL caliber typically is traded as they do not want to sit in the minors.
In this post, we'll follow up on the emptiness in the goaltending prospect pipeline the Canucks are facing, and try to identify players the Canucks could target for both credible AHL depth and perhaps future NHL assets too.
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May 01 2015 06:30AM
Dave Nonis speaks after firing, changes Canucks will make, renewed life in Edmonton, Flames round 2 matchup, Jets continue to roll out playoff injury list, more 2015 draft coverage, a classic playoff tilt and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
April 30 2015 05:18PM
On this week's episode, Garret and Rhys lament the Jets and Canucks both bowing out in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and take a look at where each franchise can go from here. Join us after the jump to listen!
April 30 2015 03:09PM
The Vancouver Canucks have come to terms on a contract with forward Joseph LaBate, a fourth-round pick of the club back in 2011, the club announced on Thursday.
LaBate, 22, has played the past four seasons for the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA. Though contract details haven't been released by virtue of LaBate's age we can confidently assert that LaBate's signed a two-year contract.
April 30 2015 01:00PM
For the third time in four years, the Vancouver Canucks bowed out as prohibitive favourites in the first round of the playoffs without so much as a whimper. A lot has changed in those four years, but much of the core remains the same. The same key pieces that helped drive the Canucks success towards the 2010-11 Stanley Cup are largely in tact, save for the since departed Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo.
A lot can happen in four years. For the aging Canucks core, much of it hasn't been good. The Sedins have lost their fastball, but managed to stay relevant with improved defensive play - all things being relative here, we are still talking about top-fifteen scorers. Dan Hamhuis aged arguably faster than any Canuck under John Tortorella and has turned from steadfast, first-pairing stalwart to serviceable top-four defender. No remaining piece from that key group of 2011 contributors has seen their abilities atrophy to the extent of one Kevin Bieksa though.
It begs the question of whether the heart-and-soul leader from the Canucks blue line has a place in the future of this franchise. The Canucks will have an awful lot of soul searching to do in the coming months. They will have to decide in that time if they want to come out with Bieksa on the other side.