June 03 2016 02:35PM
Our own J.D. Burke took a week off from the roundtable, which means they put me in charge! I wanted to ask what their favourite song off the Shrek soundtrack was, but apparently it has to be "relevant to the Canucks" or something. With the hot topic of AHL expansion coming up yet again, with the Coyotes relocating to Tuscon and apparently becoming the Roadrunners (which is just the best) the question was:
Whether they stay or go elsewhere, what do you see as the ideal situation for the Canucks to pursue once their agreement with Utica comes to a close?
Here's what Canucks Army's finest members came up with.....
May 28 2016 05:06PM
When you think Brian Campbell, you probably think of his massive contract that the Blackhawks handed to him in 2008 after solid seasons in Buffalo and a strong showing in his limited time in San Jose. He was serviceable in Chicago, but he fell out of favour and many wondered if he would be the victim of a buyout. However, he was sent to Florida in a way for the Panthers to get above the cap floor and has quietly put together some strong campaigns in Sunrise. His familiarity with newly acquired Erik Gudbranson (did you hear about that deal?) and his veteran experience, which includes a Stanley Cup ring with the 2010 Blackhawks, could prove valuable as the Canucks take the next step.
May 16 2016 11:00AM
The face of the Canucks franchise for years to come may well be Bo Horvat. Regarded as the heir to the captaincy of Henrik Sedin, Horvat has shown he has the leadership, poise, and talent to represent the Canucks. This season, Horvat proved that, especially in the second half of the season. He was one of the lone bright spots in the dog days of the year, as he got better as the years got on. The sophomore season is often lauded as being a step back for players that performed at great levels in their rookie seasons. For the first half of the year, Horvat looked like he might fall into the trap of that stereotype. But he broke through and showed Canucks fans yet again that he was ready to make the next step in his career.
April 27 2016 03:00PM
Chris Higgins endured quite the season. The grizzled veteran, who was once a cornerstone in the Canucks top six, was relegated to the lower ranks of the lineup, before being sent to the Utica Comets of the AHL over the course of what was surely a trying a season.
That wasn't the end for Higgins, though, who return to the Canucks lineup down the stretch playing a bit of good old-fashioned inspired, pissed off hockey. It was a crazy year for Higgins, and if you don't believe me, let's meet on the other end of the jump and I'll show you just why.
April 27 2016 01:00PM
Jake Virtanen has been All Around the World this year. He spent the season with the Canucks after making the team out of training camp, and he also visited Finland to take part in the World Junior Championships. His season could be best described as a roller coaster, but you'd be hard pressed to say he didn't get more confident as the year went on.
Regardless, all that matters is his rookie campaign is under his belt, and he showed glimpses he could be the player the Canucks expected when they drafted him sixth overall. So Wait for a Minute, Hold Tight, I'll Show You how Virtanen's rookie campaign fared. PS: Sorry.