December 03 2016 02:24AM
Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, Canucks/Leafs.
What else could you honestly want in a game? This one has a chance to be a classic. No, not because we all think Erik Gudbranson is going to "kill" Matt Martin (because let's be serious, he hasn't hurt a fly this year) or that Auston Matthews gets to shine under the lights of Rogers Arena.
This game is going to be a classic because even though the Canucks have fallen out of relevance in the league's mind, the spark that was ignited a few weeks ago has re-lit the flame bringing the east coast/west coast rivalry back.
Usually, when the Canucks and Leafs played in the past, it was must-see TV. Tonight, I believe we are going to get that again.
December 02 2016 04:58PM
Since the team's peak years from 2009-2012, the Vancouver Canucks organization has enjoyed their fair share of ups and downs. It's no secret the team has been on a decline over the past few years especially, though. Some remain hopeful and optimistic about the present, while others would like to see a regime that solely focuses on the future.
On Wednesday, Forbes released their annual NHL Valuations for 2016. At the top of the list were the cream of the crop Original Six, while the smaller hockey markets crowded the bottom. Being a Canadian market in a city that seemingly lives and breathes hockey, the Forbes listed the Vancouver Canucks as the 7th-most valuable NHL franchise. Sounds impressive right? It definitely is, but there are also some concerns that may arise within business operations.
December 02 2016 04:02PM
The rollercoaster continues for the Canucks as they alternate wins and losses. The team currently sits 28th in the NHL with the 29th Avalanche and 30th Coyotes having played two games less and three points behind. The ups and downs have made it hard to determine exactly what type of team the Canucks are. The season so far has had its shining moments, but also some equally dull ones.
Jake Virtanen has been under the spotlight for quite some time now, and the long-waited match-up against Toronto has also arrived. Erik Gudbranson has not met expectations, while Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin have arguably exceeded them. Earlier today, Canucks General Manager Jim Benning was on TSN 1040 to talk about these topics.
December 02 2016 03:00PM
The start of Bo Horvat's time in Vancouver wasn't ideal for the young kid drafted from the London Knights. Taken with the pick dealt in exchange for fan favourite Cory Schneider, starting a firestorm of controversies and piling the pressure on Horvat. He's impressed in his time as a Canucks, exceeding the expectations of many fans thus far. I asked our writers to see how they felt about him at this point. Here's what they said.
December 02 2016 09:00AM
Happy December, Canucks fans! They strung together two straight wins this week before meeting the Anaheim Ducks, but you know what's more important than wins and losses? Friends. As in Friends (1994-2004) the TV show, if you're Bo Horvat or Troy Stecher.