February 20 2017 01:54PM
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I've been having an internal debate over these last few weeks over why the Canucks have held at 46 salaried player contracts for the season.
At a glance, flexibility seems the most obvious reason. With 46 contracts, the Canucks can add players without too much handwringing. There's value in peace of mind, and by not overextending themselves it's likely the Canucks granted themselves just that.
However, another angle has come to the forefront. It's one I'd given consideration to but never credence, without definitive information to reaffirm it. What if the Canucks are saving contract spots for their NCAA prospects so that they might use games this season as an ace in hand and entice them to sign? With the possibility of burning a year of their ELC as a carrot to dangle?
February 17 2017 03:00PM
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Here we are, just twelve short days from the March 1st NHL trade deadline. Things are about to get interesting.
The Canucks sit five points removed from the last wild-card spot and play the team they are chasing, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday. The L.A. Kings are hanging around, and have two games in hand. Coupled with a downright hostile schedule, it's looking like the Canucks will be in tough to make the playoffs.
All this underscores exactly why the Canucks need to be decisive as they address the topic du jour. They need to sell what few assets they can, and let the season wind down to its inevitable conclusion.
February 16 2017 11:00AM
We are back for another week of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report!
Although the Canucks couldn't stack up against the Penguins this week, there are a few prospects making noise around the hockey world. Adam Gaudette continues to tear up the NCAA, while Brock Boeser and William Lockwood look to get their feet back under them.
There a few players in the CHL making a name for themselves.
All that and more this week!
February 15 2017 02:56PM
We're less than a month from the trade deadline, which means our focus is shifting from what teams are doing on the ice to what moves they'll make off it.
The march for the playoffs is in full swing, trade rumours are plentiful, and teams are scouting the upcoming draft class. NCAA and CHL free agents are also at the forefront. Teams are looking for players who've fallen through the cracks for one reason or another.
Over the coming weeks, I will profile a handful of these free agents. Today, we will focus on one particular player because of a report from Elliotte Friedman's '30 thoughts' this week (It was actually 32!). We will focus on #26 today:
February 14 2017 11:33AM
The Vancouver Canucks announced earlier this morning that they'd recalled forward Brendan Gaunce from the Utica Comets and that he would join the team in Pittsburgh.
Vancouver reassigned Gaunce to the Comets on February 6th, where he's been near a point-per-game player since.