Canucks' Virtanen knocked out of game vs. Ducks by Getzlaf cross-check

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:22PM

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Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Monday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. 

Virtanen, 19, was attempting to blow the zone with control of the puck when he was cross-checked from behind by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. Virtanen collapsed to the ice in obvious pain, as the on-ice officials assessed a minor penalty against Getzlaf.

The young Canucks winger left the game and will not return with what the Canucks have confirmed is an upper-body ailment, according to the Sportsnet broadcast.

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GIF: Chris Tanev sustains apparent hand injury blocking shot; clears the puck anyway

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:10PM

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The first period of the Vancouver Canucks' game on Monday night in Anaheim was something of a nightmare. All the period needed was Luke yelling "welcome to the OC bitch!" and you would've had one hell of a Fox pilot.

Not only did the Canucks fall behind early, and go down by two with just two seconds remaining in the frame, but they lost a variety of players to apparent injuries. The most impactful injury was to first-pairing Chris Tanev, who appeared to sustain a left-hand injury while blocking a shot shorthanded in the first frame.

Though Tanev left the game for the latter half of the first period, he returned to the game in the second frame.

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West Coast Express line of Naslund, Bertuzzi and Morrison to be honoured at Rogers Arena next week

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 11:37AM


After Pavel Bure left in a huff and before the Sedin twins rose to prominence, the West Coast Express line captured the imagination of left coast hockey fans.

Though the West Coast Express-era Canucks never achieved a level of playoff success to match their artistry and dominance in the regular season, and were involved in perhaps the darkest chapter in Vancouver Canucks history, they're still remembered fondly in the lower mainland. And next Monday they'll be honoured at Rogers Arena when the Canucks host the Buffalo Sabres. 

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Alain Vigneault is the ultimate Canucks fan: criticizes referees, bashes Marchand and still isn't over 2011

Thomas Drance
November 28 2015 11:23AM

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, formerly the best and most successful coach in Vancouver Canucks franchise history bar none, doesn't seem to have completely exorcised the ghosts from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. 

In the wake of his team's controversial loss in Boston on Friday afternoon, the Rangers bench boss has invoked the memory of 2011 often and unintentionally. He's also been critical of the NHL's officiating  standards and the Department of Player Safety. And he's taken some amusing shots at Brad 'persona non grata' Marchand. The evidence is mounting that perhaps Vigneault is still a Canuck at heart.

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Forbes values Canucks at $745 million; 6th among NHL franchises in 2015

Thomas Drance
November 24 2015 10:01AM

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The value of the Vancouver Canucks franchise has, like the value of most professional sporting properties, exploded over the past decade. 

The Canucks' current ownership, the Aquilini Investment Group, purchased the club for an undisclosed sum from John McCaw back in 2005. It was later revealed during legal proceedings between Tom Gagliardi, Ryan Beedie and Francesco Aquilini that the purchase was for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $250 million.

That investment has paid off in spades. Though the Canucks' performance in Forbes' annual franchise valuations has flat-lined somewhat over the past three years (after growing exponentially for much of the past decade), Forbes' latest valuation of the franchise would suggest that the Aquilini Investment Group has essentially tripled their money in 10 years. And that's a very, very conservative estimate.

On Tuesday Forbes unveiled their 2015 NHL team valuations and the Canucks were valued at $745 million, making them the sixth most valuable team in hockey. Click past the jump for more.

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