February 19 2015 05:47PM
The Vancouver Canucks have been dealing with injury-related depth issues of late, so we might reasonably expect several organizational depth players to receive an opportunity to be called up from Vancouver's minor league affiliate. We're not talking about the Utica Comets though. We're talking about Vancouver's Eastern Conference affiliate, the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers are preparing to move rate-stats All-Star Sean Bergenheim and Vancouver is among the club's that are interested, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Would Bergenheim fit in Vancouver, and might the asking price make sense for the Canucks?
February 18 2015 12:38PM
The Vancouver Canucks' luck on the infirmary front has run out in recent weeks, as the club has been ravaged by injuries down the middle of their forward group and along their blue-line.
A funny thing happened on the club's way to an injury-related tailspin - the team kept playing really good - even 'real good' - hockey. With the exception of a solid stretch in late November, the Canucks have been at their absolute best since the NHL All-Star break.
From Zack Kassian's hot-streak to the continued stellar play of Shawn Matthias. From Jannik Hansen's continued excellent two-way play, to Linden Vey's progression and the emergence Ronalds Kenins as an exciting and maybe even effective energy guy - we don't envy the difficult choices that await Willie Desjardins once Nick Bonino and Brad Richardson convalesce and are ready to return to the lineup.
So for this edition of What Would You Do Wednesday we'd like to know: if you were Vancouver's coaches who would come out and who would stay in? Let's discuss further (and perhaps refrain from imitating a certain irascible, but beloved CanucksArmy comment section troll) after the jump.
February 17 2015 03:50PM
Has trader Jim gone conservative on us?
Rookie Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning made splash after splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, remaking his new club in his own image with astonishing, trigger happy aggression. His initial flurry of action behind him it would appear that Benning is settling in to play the long game, and is unwilling to part with any significant futures in an attempt to chase a short-term upgrade before the March 2 NHL trade deadline.
This posture became apparent when Benning refused to include young roster players like Bo Horvat and prospects like Jake Virtanen and Jarred McCann in half-hearted trade talks with the Winnipeg Jets concerning Evander Kane. We should perhaps expect Benning's newfound conservatism to continue over the next couple of week.
February 16 2015 11:15PM
The Vancouver Canucks and their patchwork defense-corps narrowly held on to a critical 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The regulation loss snapped Minnesota's 10-game point streak.
Missing their entire top-pair, the Canucks played one of their best games of the season - from an energy standpoint, from an entertainment standpoint, and from a "legitimately out-possessing a high quality opponent" standpoint.
And in the end, as the clock wound down and a chaotic goalmouth scramble raged, Eddie Lack maintained his composure, securing the Canucks two points and, more importantly, securing 26-year-old journeyman defender Alex Biega a game-winning goal in his NHL debut.
February 16 2015 07:30PM
Who needs healthy defensemen anyway?
The Vancouver Canucks will be without three of their top-four blue-liners on Monday night when they host the Minnesota Wild, as it has become apparent that defenseman Chris Tanev - who didn't take to the ice for the warmup skate - will not play.
26-year-old former Harvard Crimson captain Alex Biega will make his NHL debut in Tanev's stead, while Luca Sbisa presumably jumps up onto the Canucks' top-pair. It could be a long night.