February 27 2012 12:19PM
The Vancouver Canucks made their first deal of deadline just before 11 am on Monday, acquiring Sammy Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of fourth round draft picks.
This is quite the interesting move for the Canucks, for starters, it looks like he will be the added forward depth that can play some tough competition as a defensive specialist. Pahlsson is no stranger to tough minutes, starting just 32.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone and he's third among forwards in quality of competition faced.
Read past the jump for more analysis.
February 25 2012 10:05AM
No Canuck is more clutch than Alex Burrows, right? Thursday night's shootout winner in Detroit was just another moment in a long line of big plays by Burrows. He scored the Overtime winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals just 11 seconds in and probably scored the biggest goal in franchise history with the slapshot over the right shoulder of Corey Crawford.
February 24 2012 08:59PM
After ending the longest home winning streak in NHL history on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks turned it around instantly on Friday to visit another tough opponent in the New Jersey Devils. After withstanding a couple of early chances, the Canucks got a goal from an unlikely candidate—Aaron Rome—to open the scoring and then got the winner off of Mason Raymond's stick in the second while goaltender Cory Schneider held the Canucks in it despite a barrage of quality shots off New Jersey sticks.
For a full recap and scoring chance numbers, click past the jump:
February 22 2012 01:53PM
In the eight seasons since the Vancouver Canucks have been buyers at the trading deadline, the most notable asset the team let go was the draft pick that became Wayne Simmonds.
Now, before we go out saying that the Canucks traded Wayne SImmonds for Brent Sopel, keep in mind the Canucks never lost their 2nd round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, this was a pick awarded to Vancouver for allowing Randy Carlyle to join the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks passed on Simmonds twice over, selecting Minnesota high schooler Patrick White and Everett Silvertip Taylor Ellington over many more notable names.
February 20 2012 12:56PM
For the last couple of weeks, I have been very interested in Alain Vigneault's utilization of fourth line centreman Manny Malhotra. The hope is that eventually the mainstream writers and reporters in this town will hop on to the fact that he starts shifts in the defensive zone at a higher rate than any player since the start of the BehindTheNet era (2007-08) and it's very likely that he ranks as one of the highest in the history of the league.