November 27 2015 10:09PM
If you're looking to measure team speed, there's no better stick with which to do it than the Dallas Stars. Having placed as much emphasis on improving that wrinkle to their game as the Canucks this off-season, it's a storyline worth following.
Much is made of the Flames ability to squash the Canucks breakout with their speed last post-season, but the trail of breadcrumbs leads with their contest against the Stars weeks prior. Honestly, you'd have a hard time convincing a newcomer to the sport they were playing the same game.
Results aside, the Canucks look to be gaining ground - figuratively and literally. Their breakout has legs and with a little luck, this game could have definitely gone the way of Vancouver. Unfortunately it didn't, but I find some small solace in the Canucks escaping 3-on-3 overtime in one piece.
Catch up on the other side of the jump, as we break down the Canucks 3-2 SO loss in Dallas.
November 27 2015 03:00PM
For the better part of this season, the Sedins have skated alongside Jannik Hansen. Empirically speaking, the clumsy Dane offers the Canucks the best bet to maximize their return on the Twins and the evidence suggested as much well before they caught fire most recently.
This has left the estranged Radim Vrbata a refugee in the Canucks middle-six. To his credit, the Czech volume shooter has been highly effective in the face of unimaginably poor luck. Similar to Vrbata's displacement from the top line last season, it's also added much-needed scoring punch throughout the remainder of the Canucks lineup.
Given the Canucks publicly ascribed goal of remaining competitive in the face of a daunting rebuild, there's no arguing the logic behind separating Vrbata from the Twins. There's a flip side to this decision, though, which could potentially lead to unwanted consequences in the not-so-distant future.
November 21 2015 11:35PM
At some point or another, the Sedin twins are going to retire and I will weep like a helpless infant. All things must pass, and so on.
We're a ways away from that moment though and it probably feels further after a performance like tonights. The future Hall of Fame wonder-twins combined for nine points and put the team on their back doe. On the backdrop of a milestone achievement, Dank and Hank led the Canucks to a 6-3 victory over the not-so-much-anymore rival Chicago Blackhawks in the Rogers Arena.
Vancouver's irrelevance has dulled this once fierce rivalry, but on a night like tonight it's hard to argue that the underlying disdain doesn't linger.
November 15 2015 05:25PM
Hunter Shinkaruk's recall is beginning to make considerably more sense than originally suspected.
Just a day after the diminutive winger was recalled from the Utica Comets, the Canucks have lost another key contributor for an indeterminate amount of time. Alexandre Burrows is reported to have left the Canucks for what are being described as "personal reasons".
The pesky winger is one day removed from a power play goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a phone call with league officials to discuss his part in the Jordin Tootoo controversy. It's been a stressful week, spent entirely on the road as the Canucks are in the midst of a season long seven-game road trip. One which is looking increasingly likely to end without their core piece and renowned shift disturber.
November 05 2015 06:27PM
As the Canucks fight their way back to relative health, reinforcements become less and less necessary. Vancouver took a large step today towards culling the herd, assigning Alex Biega and Brendan Gaunce to the Utica Comets.
Jacob Markstrom will be joining those two, courtesy of a conditioning stint. The Canucks backup netminder is set to return from a hamstring injury, sustained in the days prior to the season opener.