January 15 2017 09:38PM
The only thing more certain in life than death and taxes is a boring matinee game between the Canucks and Devils. This was low-event hockey at it's finest, with each team registering just 22 shots apiece. So you just knew it had to go to overtime.
Even Henrik Sedin didn't mince words about tonight's game.
Henrik - "That was like watching paint dry for a bit." #Canucks— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 16, 2017
I think the more passionate among us forget at times that sports are supposed to be fun. They're primarily an entertainment property. Unfortunately, tonight's game did not meet the threshold of activity necessary to be described as entertaining. This team has done a lot of losing over the past 18 months. It's shame they can't at least do it in an engaging manner.
January 11 2017 06:00PM
We've turned the page on another calendar year, which can only mean one thing. You guessed it, it's mid-term prospect rankings again and we're counting down the Canucks 20 best. In this year's edition, the ten lowest ranked prospects will be grouped in pairs; the top ten still get individual profiles.
We created this list based on the consensus of participating contributors, with the only parameters being that the player is Canucks property (meaning players on AHL contracts don't count) and Calder Trophy eligibility next season. This means that players like Troy Stecher, Nikita Tryamkin, and Brendan Gaunce are considered to have graduated.
So, without further ado, here are the 19th and 20th ranked prospects in our consensus rankings.
January 11 2017 09:00AM
The Canucks find themselves in a bit of an odd scenario. They're on a bit of a run, so to speak, having won six in a row before dropping their latest contest in Calgary. That puts them right back in the thick of the playoff hunt, but also in the midst of a rebuild.
Even if the team were to make the playoffs this season, that doesn't mean the rebuild is complete. The Canucks are still in desperate need of young talent, and with expansion looming, would perhaps be best served dealing some of their older players for futures. That is, unless you believe the team can make a serious run.
So, this week's question is, do you deal vets for picks and prospects at the deadline, or hold on to your guys in hopes of making a prolonged postseason push, even if that means losing a good player for nothing?
January 07 2017 09:00AM
The World Junior Hockey Championship hasn't exactly been kind to the Canucks over the past two years. It's been just one year since Jake Virtanen's face graced the cover of the Vancouver Province, emblazoned with the phrase, "Goat Medal Winner?", and while this year's disappointments lacked the drama of Canada's 6th place finish in Helsinki, it's safe to say the optics of Olli Juolevi's performance this season rival the latter in terms of sewing seeds of doubt in Vancouver.
The Canucks had just two prospects at this year's tournament, and have only two assists to show for it, as Lukas Jasek's Czech Republic and Olli Juolevi's Finland both failed to make the medal round, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.
January 07 2017 12:04AM
There's an old adage that says history is written by the winners. If we believe that to be true then the story of tonight's game was about a plucky group of misfits that white-knuckled their way into their sixth straight win, buoyed by great goaltending and sheer will.
Make no mistake, this was not the case. The Canucks got manhandled tonight by the Flames, getting outshot 46-13. This was a game that had all the hallmarks of a 2012-13 leafs performance: get a little lucky, score a few quick goals, collapse, and hope your goalie bails you out. Luckily for them, that's exactly what Ryan Miller did tonight.