February 29 2016 03:24PM
The trade deadline came and went and Dan Hamhuis was not moved. Needless to say, the Canucks fanbase was left confused and frustrated that he Canucks were unable to move the pending unrestricted free agent.
In anticipation of a possible move, Dan Hamhuis was held out of practice today but met the media later on. He was extremely forthright and open about what had transpired.
February 29 2016 10:18AM
The trade deadline may be a few hours away, but most of the waves being felt are courtesy the waiver wire. Count Adam Cracknell among them, as he has just been claimed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.
The #oilers claim Adam Cracknell and Adam Pardy off waivers.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 29, 2016
Edmonton beat writers mused on the possibility there would be interest in Cracknell at Rexall Place and were proven right in their prognostications.
February 25 2016 03:00PM
The time has come.
The NHL trade deadline is here, and things will happen.
In Canuck-land, the KHL playoffs have started, the NCAA has a handful of games left on their schedule and the CHL is in full-fledged playoff run mode.
Let's take a look at all the Canucks prospects in this week's edition of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report.
February 24 2016 03:22PM
You know the trading deadline is less than a week away when news about availability from insiders becomes common knowledge. Earlier today, Darren Dreger tweeted the Calgary Flames that were being shopped around, and then just recently Bob McKenzie did the honour of providing the Canucks 'list':
VAN has let other 29 teams know they are open for business on: Vey, Bartkowski, Kenins, Cracknell, Higgins, Prust and Weber.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2016
February 24 2016 11:00AM
Much has been made of tanking lately and how it relates to future success. There's more than a shred of validity to that creed, as the NHL is a 'star' league. Finding the shortest route to these stars then is key. Building around them, almost as important.
Money Puck (RIP) tackled the topic this summer, looking at how teams built around their stars to get to the top.
Generally, one obtains these stars at the top end of the draft. Part of tanking is ensuring your spot therein, to snag those players ahead of the competition. One way to circumvent this is by taking a volume approach to the draft. Do both and you're laughing all the way to the bank.