October 19 2016 09:32AM
Things are going relatively well in Vancouver. The club is 3-0-0 and well on their way to shattering the paltry expectations they suffered in advance of this season. Of course, it's early, and we should temper our optimism accordingly. You're still well within your right to enjoy the run, though.
Usually, teams are reticent to mess with a working lineup, but that's precisely what they'll have to do sooner than later. Eventually Anton Rodin is going to return to a clean bill of health. Based on his pre-season, I'd expect the Canucks are all too eager to give Rodin a shot to provide offence from their middle-six, too.
So looking at the Canucks' roster as of today, what adjustment(s) should they make when Rodin is available and ready to contribute?
October 17 2016 09:19PM
The season is finally underway, and wouldn't you know it, the Canucks are 2-0-0. They've yet to secure their first regulation win, but as the adage goes, they don't ask how they just ask how many.
Some of the more maligned acquisitions of this regime have figured relatively prominently in those victories, no less. That has to count for something. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but maybe things won't be so bad after all?
Yeah, I should just stop. Onward to the questions.
October 16 2016 10:57PM
The Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes are franchises charting vastly different courses for their respective organizations. And for all their philosophical differences, they intersect stalled at their oppositions net more often than most.
Such are the growing pains associated with ushering in a new wave. The Hurricanes are just months removed from parting with longtime face of the franchise Eric Staal, and while the Canucks aren't quite ready to eschew the old guard in its entirety, the times they are a changin'.
October 15 2016 01:55PM
It's the Vancouver Canucks against the world. In spite of a strong off-season, projections, predictions and flat out guesses elsewhere all point to a last place finish and a lottery ball determining this season's worth.
And yet, the Canucks refuse to go gentle into that good night. They spent much of this off-season chasing the post-season dragon. Whereas a team with no apparent succession plan for their ageing core should hoard high-end prospects and the picks to find them, Vancouver didn't blink at the price (Jared McCann and a pair of picks) to acquire sturdy stay-at-home defenceman Erik Gudbranson. Similarly, they defied convention when kicking the door down in free agency to throw term and cash at a 30-plus free agent in Loui Eriksson -- the type of move generally reserved for contenders.
October 12 2016 11:00AM
Welcome to the first of this season's edition of What Would You Do Wednesday! I'll be your host today and every other Wednesday, J.D. Burke.
That was quite the Canucks pre-season. Lots of shaking and moving throughout the lineup. One of the professional tryouts is all but signed; one of the kids made the veterans more than a little uncomfortable with their job security. It's the kind of thing you hope for with internal competition at training camp.
Vancouver's camp wasn't without casualties, though. Anton Rodin appears headed for injured reserve after re-aggravating his knee injury. Emerson Etem is on a one-way ticket to Utica. And in a move that strikes me as more than a bit odd, the Canucks sent Andrey Pedan to the farm, too.
So, with that in mind, how do your opening night lines look? I'll provide an example on the other side of the jump, so that you know which pieces are in play.