October 18 2014 05:00PM
In years past, tonight's showdown against Steven Stamkos and the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning would have been one of the marquee games on the Canucks' schedule and the hottest ticket in town. It's a sign of the times then - an alarming one at that, if you're involved with the Canucks' business operations - when the team can't sell every ticket in the house to see one of the genuinely most exciting young teams in the NHL with legitimate superstar talent.
And oh yeah, about that superstar talent. The Bolts are looking pretty damn good this year too. Read past the jump for more.
October 17 2014 06:52PM
After a layoff that has been far too long, the undefeated Vancouver Canucks will be in Edmonton to do battle with the winless Edmonton Oilers in what is just Vancouver's second game in six days. Breaks are always welcome in-season, especially in granting a few extra days off to recover from some bumps and bruises, but having such a lengthy one after the first week is hardly ideal. The Canucks are as healthy as they're likely going to be at any point this season, and would have liked to keep up whatever momentum they generated from their first two wins against Calgary and these very same Oilers.
Read past the jump.
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.