Canucks Trade Deadline 2015: 10 Forwards the Canucks Could Target

J.D. Burke
February 28 2015 07:00PM

With the NHL trade deadline just around the corner, general managers across the league are upping the ante in the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future. Then there's the Clarkson-for-Hortons of the world, but I digress.

Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.

In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management. 

Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? Yesterday, we looked at 9 defenders the Canucks could target. What say you we check out some forwards for today?

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Canucks Trade Deadline 2015: 9 defensemen for the Canucks to target

J.D. Burke
February 27 2015 09:00AM

With the NHL trade deadline but a few days away, anxious general managers have become increasingly active with the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future.

Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.

In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management. 

Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? What do you say we take a look at that on the other side of the jump?

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Canucks Army Postgame: Effort Lack-ing

J.D. Burke
February 26 2015 08:36PM

Winners of four of their last five contests, the Vancouver Canucks took their hot streak to the First Niagara Center looking to close out their successful Eastern swing against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. 

Reeling from injuries throughout their lineup and road wearied, circumstances weren't in the Canucks corner going into tonight's contest. Then again, how does one complain when it's arguably the worst team in hockey history in the other end?

In a trudging, ugly sort of game that would favour a less skilled team like the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver didn't have enough left in the tank to secure the win. Defensive miscues and poor bounces played a large role in felling the Canucks, who left Buffalo on the losing end of a 6-3 score.

Lets break it all down, on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Kassassin's Creed

J.D. Burke
February 24 2015 09:57PM

Hobbled by injuries, Vancouver limped their way into Boston hoping to build on Sunday's performance - a 4-0 victory over the New York Islander - with another road victory over an Eastern Conference foe. 

For the third time on this five-game Eastern Conference road swing, the Canucks faced off against a former Stanley Cup finals opponent. Between facing their former coach, their starting goaltender of two seasons ago, and those dastardly Boston Bruins, this road trip has quickly turned into a stroll down memory lane.

With Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Bruins, the Canucks took another step towards exorcising one of those demons. It wasn't easy, though. The Canucks couldn't have started this game any worse, surrendering the first goal on the Bruins' second shot. Life after Ryan Miller wasn't looking so swell early on.

Then a hero emerged. Through an onslaught of Bruins chances and bodies, Eddie Lack was able to shut the door from that point forward, securing tonight's victory with 41 saves. 

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Canucks Army Postgame: Shootout in the Big Apple

J.D. Burke
February 19 2015 09:23PM

With near parity in the bottom rungs of the Western Conference playoff ladder, tonight's contest was just the first of what will surely become an almost endless streak of "must win" games for Vancouver. Facing a red-hot New York Rangers team, this presented a tall order for the undermanned Vancouver Canucks and their patchwork defense corps. 

Vancouver pushed play in the opening minute of the first, but waned as the clock ticked on an otherwise embarrassing first frame -- one which saw Vancouver out-shot 14-4 and trailing 1-0. It was looking like the Canucks AHL blueline was in for a long night. With an early Shawn Matthias tally in the second though, the Canucks were able to shift into second gear and play the part of NHL equal for the remainder of the game. 

These clubs traded and goals and chances from that point forward, before a last minute marker from Captain Canuck himself, Henrik Sedin, knotted things at four, ensuring overtime. A fast-paced and open extra frame wasn't enough to decide this one, leading to the dreaded gimmick shootout. The Canucks made quick work of the Rangers, beating them 2-0 in the shootout on Alex Burrows and Radim Vrbata goals. The final score 5-4 Vancouver.

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