December 31 2016 12:16AM
Back-to-back wins against Californian teams sure don't have the caché that they used to, do they? It could be that the Pacific isn't as strong as it once was, it could be that LA and Anaheim both looked asleep at the wheel in each of their respective losses in Vancouver, or it could be that the playoffs seem like an absolute pipe dream at this point in the season. At any rate, I can't remember a time I felt less excited over a big win against an even bigger rival.
At the end of the day, The Canucks were full value in tonight's win, and technically are just 4 points out of a wildcard spot. So let's stay positive? I guess?
December 26 2016 11:00AM
There's an old adage about hockey fans that states that their interest in prospects is directly related to how good or bad the team they follow is performing. The Vancouver Canucks, despite their best efforts, find themselves sitting at 28th in the overall league standings, and seven points out of a wild card spot. That means that for Canucks fans, the World Juniors should be appointment viewing.
We'll look at a few things Canucks fans should be keeping their eyes on after the jump.
December 21 2016 09:00AM
Alright soldiers, I hope you're all ready to cozy up by the non-denominational Holiday Fire and lend this season the significance of your choosing, because this week it's a very special Winter Holiday Edition of What Would You Do Wednesday.
Expansion discussions have re-emerged this week, with Luca Sbisa approaching the games played requirement, and Ryan Biech and JD Burke discussing different options the Canucks could have for which players could be left unprotected.
So, this week's question is: which players would you protect in the expansion draft? Which would you expose? Here's a review of the rules for those that need reminding:
December 14 2016 09:00AM
It's been one week since my attempt to stage a walkout was quashed by J.D. "Fascist" Burke. My hopes of unionizing are dashed... for now. As a result, I'm back in the saddle for What Would You Do Wednesday.
Personnel decisions have been a hot topic this week, with Willie Desjardins coming under fire for scratching Sven Baertschi and for keeping the Sedins and Sutter together. Now that Jannik Hansen has returned to the lineup, that line may be broken up forever, so this weeks' question is one that's been asked a million times over the last 15 years: Who should play with the twins? If Sutter's getting demoted, where do you move him?
December 13 2016 01:00PM
Ice time isn't given. It's earned. That's an adage that's been repeated across the hockey world, and Vancouver is no exception.
It pertains especially to younger players, and Canucks' President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden repeated the common refrain earlier this year pertaining to sophomore forward Jake Virtanen:
"As long as I've been part of the game, especially at the pro level, there's an element of earning your time... I think a lot of players would say, "Give me more time and I'll play better', and the coach would say 'Play better, and I'll give you more time.'"
That's a fair stance to take, especially with a young player. It's not as though the assessment isn't without merit, either. During his tenure with Vancouver, he was the team's wort forward by shot shares and struggled to produce offence, even in a limited role.