February 24 2015 01:07PM
Vancouver Canucks forward Shawn Matthias is having an excellent year.
The pending unrestricted free agent has spent much of the season on the wing, and with 14 goals in 57 games, has provided the club with some crucial secondary scoring.
Matthias, 26, has surely earned himself a raise with his performance this season, and with his combination of above average hands and power forward size, he's likely to command attention in unrestricted free agency. Will he make sense for Vancouver at a (much) higher price point next season? And if not, would the Canucks be wise to gauge what value he might have as a trade chip on deadline day?
February 23 2015 10:00AM
The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is now only a week away.
What do the Vancouver Canucks need, what chips do they have to play with and how much cap space is available to them? Let's launch our 2015 Canucks Trade Deadline preview series by conducting a thorough inventory.
February 23 2015 08:23AM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller will be dispatched back to Vancouver for tests on the lower-body injury he sustained on Sunday night against the New York Islanders, according to a report from TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Miller will miss at least the next two games, and the club has recalled intriguing third-string goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
February 23 2015 08:10AM
The Tom "top-sixsito" Sestito era of Vancouver Canucks hockey is over. Where will the moral victories come from now?
On Monday, the Canucks announced that Sestito will no longer be on the Utica Comets' roster. The club will look to facilitate a trade for the designated enforcer, who has already cleared waivers this season.
February 22 2015 08:02PM
For the final time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks visited the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday night to face the New York Islanders.
The Coliseum, a concrete blister in the middle of a parking lot in Uniondale, NY, was the site of Vancouver's losses in Game 1 (an instant classic overtime thriller) and Game 2 of the 1982 Stanley Cup Final - a series in which the overmatched Canucks were ultimately swept by the dynastic Islanders of the early 80s.
So Vancouver's 4-0 victory over New York's other, other team on Sunday brought with it a sense of closure, a spot of karmic payback. The reverse sweep as it were. On the other hand, the club lost Ryan Miller to injury, and any crowing about karma at the moment seems misguided in the extreme.