July 22 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks don't have any intention of engaging in a long-term rebuild. They're going to complete the playoffs, right to the bitter end, year in and year out. It's just that simple.
So Canucks general manager Jim Benning's aversion to dealing Jannik Hansen is a none too surprising revelation. Speaking to The Province's Ben Kuzma, Benning made as much perfectly clear, revealing that the club is "not moving Jannik". In the context of the Canucks stated goal, his follow up to that comment goes a long way towards explaining why.
“I thought he was excellent for us last year and with the way the game is going with speed and skill, he fits that description perfectly. And we have him under a good (cap) number the next couple of years, so we’re not looking to do anything.”
Benning is, in a vacuum, entirely correct. Hansen is fast, a proven scorer and on the cheap for this season and next. He's also on the other side of a career year, in which the Danish speedster lit the lamp a career high 22 times. Which is exactly why the Canucks should, if possible, find a way to trade Hansen.
July 20 2016 11:00AM
Hey, some things happened. The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers completed a trade. The Vancouver Canucks announced another pair of signings. That's all so very neat.
Now we're just waiting for that big trade to happen. You know, the one the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the market for. Rumour has it, they want to land a second line winger in specific. Now, to do that, they're going to have to part with somebody. Maybe even a few somebodies and the odd draft pick. There's only so many roster spots, after all.
So, I'm asking you, which player(s) are you most willing to part with to land that marquee name in a trade. As always, try to be reasonable. You're not landing Gabriel Landeskog for Jannik Hansen.
July 20 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have, for all intents and purpose, withdrawn from free agency. That hasn't stopped them from exploring the market for marquee names that can bolster the club's short and long-term fortunes, though.
As the dust settles on the July 1st spending spree, the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the trade block for the next piece to their puzzle. Vancouver wasn't connected using specific or determinate language to the Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane, but his skill, size and availability (Sabres general manager Tim Murray is tiring of Kane) make the connection all too obvious. Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Canucks might be in the hunt for Kane.
July 18 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks locked up a goalie for exposure in the expansion draft, added to their depth in Utica and announced the signing of Michael Carcone. As far as the middle of July goes, that qualifies as a doozy of a week. What wild antics will the Canucks get up to in time for next week's mailbag?!
Well, they would hope to have added a second line winger in that time. Preferably an established goal scorer with a little sandpaper to their game. So too would they like to offload one of their less than desirable contracts. Them and every other team though, right?
Well, let's talk about some of what they've done in the meantime and some of what they plan to do in future. You've got questions, I've got answers. You know the drill.
July 13 2016 01:42PM
The Canucks roster ain't perfect, but they're going to have to learn to make do with what they've got. Another way to look at is they've a multitude of options and flexibility therein. The hope is that they can catch lightning in a bottle with just the right combination and get the secondary scoring they desperately need as a result.
It's a topic we've been discussing at length of late on this platform. Satiar Shah started the trend by looking for the right mix in the Canucks middle-six. This morning Jackson took that a step further, by examining the Canucks options and whether they're up to the task. Now it's your turn.
So, if you were tasked with drawing the Canucks lineup on the white board, how would your second line look? Now, just to make this interesting, you can sign someone in free agency or execute a (realistic) trade to suit your needs. But remember, this is just your second-line. Let's save the other three for another day.