December 04 2016 09:00AM
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This is the first edition of Stick Taps, a trip around the hockey world with an emphasis on some of the posts circulating around the Smylosphere. Now, I know what you're thinking. Yes, it's very similar to the old Headshots led by many including the legend of Artem Chubarov. Headshots have taken a turn for the cringe-worthy though, so we decided to change it up and give credit in the only way hockey players know how. Stick taps.
With that being said, let's dive in!
December 02 2016 03:00PM
The start of Bo Horvat's time in Vancouver wasn't ideal for the young kid drafted from the London Knights. Taken with the pick dealt in exchange for fan favourite Cory Schneider, starting a firestorm of controversies and piling the pressure on Horvat. He's impressed in his time as a Canucks, exceeding the expectations of many fans thus far. I asked our writers to see how they felt about him at this point. Here's what they said.
November 25 2016 04:58PM
The NHL officially expanded this week, with the unveiling of the Vegas Golden
Corral Knights as the 31st NHL team. With that comes the obvious question of "Who will play for the team?" As we all know, there will be an expansion draft in the summer where Vegas will begin to build their squad, and with them taking a player from all other 30 teams, they could get a decent player or two. With the Canucks having some important players that need to be protected, they could have to leave a good player up for grabs.
I'll probably ask this again closer to when there's a better idea, but I decided to ask the team at this point in the season, who do they see being plucked from the roster?
November 19 2016 12:56PM
It's a month into the season now, and one thing that has become abundantly obvious is that the Canucks are going to struggle to score goals this season. Many of the players they relied on to score points are showing lackluster results, and injuries are plaguing the team left, right and center.
But someone has to win the scoring title at the end of the season. So I asked the writers who they think will take home the crown of "Leading Canucks Scorer for the 2016-17 season"
Here's what they said.
November 11 2016 03:46PM
After a far from ideal start to the season, it's no surprise that the hot seat seems to be getting warmer for Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. Many don't expect him to last the season, and even if he does he won't last the off-season for sure. It seems the heir to the coaching gig will be Utica Comets coach Travis Green who was nearly lost in the off-season to a few teams (notably Anaheim) that brought Green in for an interview. However, the Canucks may not want to pry Green for Utica mid-season to steer this ship. Perhaps they'd want to go with an experienced coach instead of a rookie next season, who knows. Doug Jarvis, recent assistant coach acquisition, is rumoured to be considered for the interim spot, despite the fact he has never been a head coach in the NHL. He's a long-time assistant, though, and he would be fine in the role.
With that in mind, I asked our writers what they would do about the situation. Here's what they said.