November 15 2016 08:35AM
Welcome to Episode Four of this season's Canucks Army Podcast. J.D. Burke and myself talk about the emergence of Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin. These two young defensemen have been a beacon of light for this struggling Canucks team so far this season. We also look at the defense as a whole and how it shapes up this season by evaluating the defense corps, and we look at what is coming through the pipeline.
November 09 2016 01:17PM
In the third episode of this season's Canucks Army Podcast, J.D. Burke and myself try to make sense of the Jake Virtanen situation. It's difficult to find a silver lining when it comes to Virtanen but we have to remember he's still a young player who needs guidance and time to find his footing as an NHL player, and we agree Utica is the best landing spot (recording was made before the news of Virtanen's demotion was announced today).
November 01 2016 03:06PM
It's time for your weekly Canucks Army podcast with myself and J.D. Burke. Coming off 5 straight losses, Canucks nation is on edge and we discuss the root of the early season frustration and the target for that frustration, which is Head Coach Willie Desjardins.
We dive into a discussion over work job Desjardins has done in Vancouver and whether it's justified for his job to be on the line this season.
October 25 2016 09:46PM
It's the return of the Canucks Army podcast for the 2016-2017 hockey season. J.D. Burke and myself will be your hosts for this hockey season and this is the first of a line of weekly instalments. We begin the inaugural episode by taking stock of the Canucks four game winning streak and their recent, less impressive performances. J.D. provides an analytical evaluation of what we've seen from the Canucks so far and we discuss some individual performances and what they could mean in the big picture.
It's difficult to not express at least some optimism about what we've seen to begin the season and two of the Canucks best players have been Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund. Goaltending gets top marks but the question is, how sustainable is it?
We also discuss Jake Virtanen, the system the Canucks are employing under the guidance of Willie Desjardins and Doug Jarvis and much more.
July 08 2016 09:00AM
Most of us have already pencilled Loui Eriksson in on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. After all, that was a part of the pitch the Canucks sold Eriksson on when they signed him to a six-year $36-million contract.
I'm sure the Canucks have every intention of starting the season with the Swedish trio together, as they'll all have missed training camp while representing Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey. Canucks Coach Willie Desjardins will need his top line to hit the ground running for the Canucks to keep pace in the playoff race early. The Canucks need for secondary scoring could test Desjardins patience with Eriksson as a fixture alongside the Sedins, though.