October 15 2014 10:00AM
Welcome to a new feature here on Canucks Army and all sites on the Nation Network: What Would You Do Wednesday, where we put you, yes YOU, in charge of your own imaginary Vancouver Canucks. We'll present you with a different scenario each week, and you tell us how you'd solve it in the comments section below. Give props to the answers you do like and trash the ones you don't. Easy! So let's get started:
October 14 2014 06:45PM
In many ways, Chris Tanev was found money for the Vancouver Canucks. You all know his story by now: undersized and playing in the OPJHL in his draft year, Tanev went undrafted, but was signed as a free agent by Mike Gillis out of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Tanev made the jump to the NHL in his first pro season, quickly cementing himself as a full-time NHL regular by the time he finished his sophomore NHL year.
Now 24, Tanev has become a key contributor to the Vancouver blueline, handling the toughest minutes of any Canucks defender last season under John Tortorella. He was re-signed to a one-year deal this past offseason and is surely looking to earn himself a nice long-term deal with the Canucks or elsewhere. Will he be able to keep improving on a solid 2013-2014? Read past the jump.
October 12 2014 02:58PM
Acquired in a trade that saw Jason Garrison go to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa's 2nd round pick (Roland McKeown) dealt to Los Angeles, Linden Vey became the second "Linden" drafted out of the Medicine Hat Tigers to don a Canucks jersey, and the second Canuck roster player to play for Willie Desjardins' Tigers, after the club acquired Derek Dorsett in a separate deal.
The 23-year old playmaker doesn't have much in terms of an NHL track record, but has previously performed well in the CHL and made major strides towards becoming a very good pro in the AHL. Can Vey translate his strong junior and minor pro play into a full-time NHL position with the Canucks? Read past the jump.
October 09 2014 06:00PM
At one point last season, it looked like the situation in Vancouver's crease was finally going to be clear. Cory Schneider had been dealt to the New Jersey Devils, and the reins had been handed once more to Roberto Luongo. After being jerked around for 2012-2013, it was Lu's team again. No more goalie controversy.
Oh how foolish we were.
We should have known that just one year without some kind of nonsense drama was too much to ask. Eddie Lack was a fantastic backup, but he was too fantastic. A 0.925 save percentage convinced John Tortorella starting Lack in the marquee event in the season, alienating Roberto Luongo one final time, leading to a string of events that eventually saw Ryan Miller end up with a 3-year, $18 million contract to be the starting goalie for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-2015.
So, how will Miller fare after a stellar career in Buffalo and a brutal half season in St. Louis? Read past the jump to find out.
October 09 2014 12:28AM
me when I see an NHL player pic.twitter.com/piVKnLN2At— Schneider's Teeth (@SchneidersTeeth) October 9, 2014
Okay, so, maybe they won't quite go 82-0. Maybe they'll even lose a game or two or thirty-eight along the way. Maybe they'll lose 7-0 to Arizona on a rainy Tuesday in mid- January, losing Henrik Sedin and Dan Hamhuis to injury. Maybe they'll go on a 10-game losing streak and miss the playoffs entirely. But for right now, the Vancouver Canucks are perfect. As of Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, Vancouver leads the NHL in points and has yet to lose a game . They won't be perfect for long, and we don't even know if they'll be good for long, so we might as well enjoy the possibility of a perfect 2014-2015 season while we can.
Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames was far from perfect. The defense made some sloppy turnovers, the team sat way too far back in the third period, and the Sedins got buried in possession, but a win now is worth the same as a win in March or April or May. What's important is that they win 44 more games over the next 8 months.
Read past the jump for a recap on what was a night of many firsts for the 2014-2015 Vancouver Canucks.