November 24 2015 06:48PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The Comets played another three-in-three last weekend and finally managed to break up their losing streak in the final game, halting it at four games. Offense continues to be a bit of an issue for the Canucks' affiliate, who have scored just 11 goals in their past five games, while allowing 17 in the same span.
On the bright side, the prospects are still contributing to what success Utica can muster as Hunter Shinkaruk, Brendan Gaunce and Alex Grenier all lit the lamp at least once on the weekend while Jordan Subban had three primary assists.
I'm taking over the Comets Weekly Report from Jeff from this point on; given that I already watch all the games and obsess over the stats, it just makes sense. Let's take a look at last week's games and who stood out.
November 24 2015 02:25PM
By now you’re probably sick of the story of Frank Corrado. Well, that's too bad because I have more to say about it.
Going into this season, the expectation was for him to be among the Canucks top seven - if not top six - defencemen. That expectation may have led to some pre-season complacency and before you knew it, Corrado had lost his spot to rookie Ben Hutton and found himself on the waiver wire, where he was promptly claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Maybe decried the poor asset management on behalf of the Canucks and vowed that we hadn’t heard the last of Frank Corrado. Indeed, just under two months later, Corrado is regularly making headlines. Of course, it’s for all the wrong reasons.
20 games into the Maple Leafs season, Corrado still has yet to suit up for a single game. Many, including myself and other bloggers, have wondered why the Leafs would claim Corrado if they didn’t intend to play him. I would argue that the entire situation is an abuse of the waiver process, and of Corrado's future as an NHLer.
November 24 2015 12:20PM
The best part of the Canucks' week was definitely the Sedins' dismantling of the Chicago Blackhawks, but the rest of the team had some fun off the ice as well! Read past the jump to catch up on everything from Matt Bartkowski's opinions on sand to John Tortorella's latest encounter with a puppy!
November 24 2015 10:01AM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports
The value of the Vancouver Canucks franchise has, like the value of most professional sporting properties, exploded over the past decade.
The Canucks' current ownership, the Aquilini Investment Group, purchased the club for an undisclosed sum from John McCaw back in 2005. It was later revealed during legal proceedings between Tom Gagliardi, Ryan Beedie and Francesco Aquilini that the purchase was for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $250 million.
That investment has paid off in spades. Though the Canucks' performance in Forbes' annual franchise valuations has flat-lined somewhat over the past three years (after growing exponentially for much of the past decade), Forbes' latest valuation of the franchise would suggest that the Aquilini Investment Group has essentially tripled their money in 10 years. And that's a very, very conservative estimate.
On Tuesday Forbes unveiled their 2015 NHL team valuations and the Canucks were valued at $745 million, making them the sixth most valuable team in hockey. Click past the jump for more.
November 23 2015 02:36PM
On Monday, the Canucks gave up a three-goal lead in a loss to the Canadiens. On Wednesday, they snapped the Winnipeg Jets' six-game losing streak. On Sunday, they lost to a really good goalie named Cory Schneider. There was only one bright spot in the week, but what a bright, bright spot it was.