October 28 2016 06:00PM
Willie Desjardins hasn’t been known for his line matching during his tenure as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks - in fact, he’s been heavily criticized for it. The Canucks’ bench boss has long showed a preference for rolling four lines, but this year’s preseason held a notable exception: the game against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Tonight, the Oilers are back in Vancouver, and McDavid is one of the league’s hottest players - something that we’ll probably be a regular occurrence over the next decade. So will Willie and his staff put the same emphasis on hard-matching McDavid like they did in the preseason?
October 28 2016 11:41AM
For the second straight year, there are concerns in Canuck Nation about the deployment of young Jake Virtanen. The sixth overall pick in 2014 is averaging under 10 minutes a night so far this season, and the frustration is beginning to show. Be it a phantom injury, ice time woes, a lack of confidence, or a lack of trust from the coach, Virtanen’s 2016-17 campaign isn’t starting off the way that we were hoping.
While the comparisons to William Nylander and Nik Ehlers are always going to be there, at this point it’s best to view Virtanen on his own, and the biggest question right now is: is he being handled properly by Vancouver’s coaching staff and management. To that, I’d have to answer with a resounding no.
October 27 2016 02:26PM
With their faces pressed firmly against the waiver wire this morning, there was disappointment among some factions of Canucks fans that Emerson Etem, waived yesterday by Anaheim, passed through without claim. Those feelings were short lived however, because we were quickly distracted by two more interesting names on the waiver wire as of 9:00am this morning: New York's Dylan McIlrath and St. Louis' Magnus Paajarvi.
The Canucks have already elected to bring Mike Zalewski up from Utica, but might they be enticed by these two new players that are available free of charge?
October 27 2016 12:38PM
The Canucks' call up game is already in midseason form, as they've been bit by the injury bug nice and early this season. With four would-be regulars now on the Injured Reserve (Rodin, Tanev, Burrows, Dorsett), management is having to make more recalls that they'd prefer to making in the third week of the season.
Today's lucky recipient is Mike Zalewski, up for what will be his fourth stint with the team, though he's played just five career NHL games to this point.
October 26 2016 03:40PM
Good news everyone! For those of you that cried foul of the lack of asset management, Emerson Etem is back on waivers! For those of you that didn't care, go about your business.
The Canucks have a lack of forward depth this season, and even if you didn't like Etem in the preseason (who did, really), losing him for nothing was still unfortunate. But now the Canucks have a chance to get him back, and for free. Better yet, they've got first dibs, plus some other perks if all goes right.
Let's take a wander through the CBA and see just how this works.