Taking Stock of the Utica Comets

Ryan Biech
February 27 2017 04:00PM

With the NHL trade deadline mere days away, it's worth taking into account the AHL affiliates that might buttress NHL lineups after the deadline or fuel trades in advance of it. On the flip side, NHL teams need to be mindful of upholding their end of the bargain to their affiliates too.

Don't be surprised if you see AHL fodder traded for more AHL fodder. Similarly, you might see team's dealing for young players with the intention of inserting them into the AHL lineup next season. That brings us to the Utica Comets.

At the beginning of this month, I broke down all the contracts and cap space for the Canucks and included the AHL players. I figured it best to take this one step further and provide an in-depth look at the personnel who might be there next season.

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Canucks trade Alexandre Burrows to Ottawa for Jonathan Dahlen

Ryan Biech
February 27 2017 02:33PM

The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Alexandre Burrows to the Ottawa Senators.

At first glance, Ottawa seems like an odd choice for Burrows to waive his NTC for, but assistant coach Marc Crawford was the head coach of the Canucks when Burrows broke into the league in 2005-06. Also, the proximity of Ottawa to Quebec also a likely factor in the waiving.

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By the Numbers: Canucks after 60 Games

Ryan Biech
February 24 2017 01:00PM


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When one compares how the Vancouver Canucks season's played out to date to what most expected, you can count theirs among the more compelling seasons in recent memory. Many fans expected the Canucks to fight to the end for a playoff spot; others expected them to compete for draft lottery prominence.

No matter one's hopes or perspective of the season, it's always worthwhile to take stock of where the team is at and which end of the spectrum it aligns with closest. As we await the Canucks first game on other side of the bye week against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, the league's afforded us the opportunity to do just that.

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How Teams are Impacted by the NHL Bye Week

Ryan Biech
February 23 2017 01:06PM


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The NHL added a new wrinkle to the schedule this season with the league mandated bye week. Each team gets one, granting the players respite from the rigours of an 82 game season if ever so briefly. The NHLPA secured the vacation time in exchange for agreeing to the three-on-three format in the NHL All-Star Game.

With five teams coming off their bye week this past weekend, the combined record is now 4-12-4. Teams playing in the first game out of their bye week are outscored 39-68 in their first game back.

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Canucks ECHL Affiliate will cease operations at year end

Ryan Biech
February 23 2017 10:03AM


It was announced this morning that the Alaska Aces, the Canucks ECHL affiliate would cease operations at the conclusion of the season:

The decision was made due to mounting financial losses coupled with waning attendance.

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