October 26 2016 03:49PM
While there is much concern from the outside about the health of Jake Virtanen’s shoulder these days, the bigger issue seems like a crisis of confidence for the second year Vancouver Canuck power forward. Virtanen has yet to leave a mark on any of the five games he’s played this season and following an optional practice the morning after a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators, Virtanen admitted he’s struggling to find the form that made him effective in the second half of his rookie season.
October 26 2016 03:40PM
Good news everyone! For those of you that cried foul of the lack of asset management, Emerson Etem is back on waivers! For those of you that didn't care, go about your business.
The Canucks have a lack of forward depth this season, and even if you didn't like Etem in the preseason (who did, really), losing him for nothing was still unfortunate. But now the Canucks have a chance to get him back, and for free. Better yet, they've got first dibs, plus some other perks if all goes right.
Let's take a wander through the CBA and see just how this works.
October 26 2016 09:00AM
Well, so much for the Canucks hot start. After starting the season 4-0-0, the Canucks have dropped three consecutive games to a 4-2-1 record. They haven't looked particularly good in any of those losses either.
Naturally, injuries have played a role. The Canucks are already down Anton Rodin, Derek Dorsett, Alexandre Burrows and Chris Tanev. But with all these injuries, the Canucks have passed up Nikita Tryamkin for Alex Biega and Troy Stecher in consecutive games.
Tryamkin came to camp in terrible shape, and the Canucks are working dutifully to get his conditioning back in order. Unfortunately, the KHL out clause which grants him the right to return to Russia if the Canucks send him to the AHL is preventing the Canucks from getting Tryamkin into game action with even the Utica Comets. Hell, he turned down a conditioning stint where he'd still earn an NHL paycheque.
Given Tryamkin's outright refusal to take so much as a shift in the AHL, he's not getting into game shape anytime soon.
October 25 2016 10:55PM
Coming off of their first regulation loss of the season, the Canucks returned to Rogers Arena Tuesday night to face Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators. It’s always fun to watch a game-changing defenseman and Troy Stecher did very well in his debut. In fact, his neat breakouts and crisp passes were probably the Canucks’ best plays of the game! Aside from Stecher, there aren't too many positives to take from this game for Vancouver, who came up goalless against the Sens.
October 25 2016 09:46PM
It's the return of the Canucks Army podcast for the 2016-2017 hockey season. J.D. Burke and myself will be your hosts for this hockey season and this is the first of a line of weekly instalments. We begin the inaugural episode by taking stock of the Canucks four game winning streak and their recent, less impressive performances. J.D. provides an analytical evaluation of what we've seen from the Canucks so far and we discuss some individual performances and what they could mean in the big picture.
It's difficult to not express at least some optimism about what we've seen to begin the season and two of the Canucks best players have been Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund. Goaltending gets top marks but the question is, how sustainable is it?
We also discuss Jake Virtanen, the system the Canucks are employing under the guidance of Willie Desjardins and Doug Jarvis and much more.