Canucks Army Free Agent Profile: Alex Goligoski

Ryan Biech
May 31 2016 01:00PM

Alex Goligoski will be forever linked to the deal that saw him moved from Pittsburgh for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. At the time, the deal was regarded as being a landslide win for Pittsburgh, as they were able to turn one player into two. But that isn't fair to Goligoski, as he has given Dallas everything that they could've hoped for in his six seasons in the Lone Star State.

If, and that's a big if, Goligoski does hit the market on July 1st, it's fair to assume that there will be quite a few suitors for his services. Although he turns 31 this summer, players of his ilk are generally not readily available.

There's still fair belief that he will re-sign in Dallas, as he was a big minute eating defenceman for the Central Division champions, but you never know. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #22 Max Jones

Ryan Biech
May 31 2016 08:00AM

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Coming in at 22nd in our consensus draft rankings is Memorial Cup champion Max Jones.

Jones is a hard working, hard nosed and gritty power forward who plays an aggressive style that allows him to use his blend of speed, size and skill to wreak havoc on the ice. That can be a double edged sword, as he ran into some issues with the OHL and was suspended for 12 games which resulted in him missing most of the London Knights run to the OHL Championship.

Jones does possess a good skill set that if he can play within the rules, makes him a very attractive option for teams in the latter part of the first round.

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: May 31st

J.D. Burke
May 30 2016 03:00PM

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Anything big happen with the Vancouver Canucks this week? I heard something about a trade in these parts. Something about a punishing, physical defender entering the prime of his career, right? But they paid how much? 

Oh well, onto the next item. Or several items, I suppose. You've got questions and I've got something that might qualify as answers. Let's get to it, on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Keith Yandle

J.D. Burke
May 30 2016 01:00PM

Acquired by the New York Rangers in advance of the 2015 trade deadline, Keith Yandle has yet to live up to his billing as one of the league's premier puck-movers and offensive defenceman in the city that never sleeps. It's looking less and less likely that he'll have the opportunity to next season, too. 

According to Larry Brooks of The New York Post, the Rangers are likely to do their due diligence on finding a way to create a fit within their salary structure. It just doesn't sound as though there are enough dollars, or openings, to make it the sensible decision.

Though the relationship Yandle has shared with the Rangers for a season-plus has fallen short of expectations for everyone involved, disappointment is a relative term though and this is still a premier offensive defender. Though the Canucks acquisition of Erik Gudbranson addresses their patchwork blue line if only so slightly, there is still room for a player with Yandle's pedigree and poise moving the puck.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #23 Pascal Laberge

Ryan Biech
May 30 2016 08:00AM

Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set.

Although he battled injuries this season, Laberge had a fantastic showing at the BMO CHL/NHL Top prospect game and followed up the QMJHL season with a good showing at the U18 in North Dakota.

No matter which team takes the Victoriaville Tigre, they will be adding a great prospect who looks poised to develop into an NHL player.

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