Could AHL Affiliate Musical Chairs Bring a Canucks Farm Team to the Valley?

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 01:21PM

On Monday afternoon, veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks are in active talks to purchase the Peoria Riverman, an AHL club currently owned and affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.

The plan, according to Mayenknecht, would be for the Peoria Rivermen to be purchased by the Aquilini group that owns the Canucks. The Canucks would then move to the Fraser Valley in place of the Flames affiliated Abbotsford Heat who would move on to Utica (as previously and denied by the Flames). To complete this round of musical chairs, the St. Louis Blues would take on Vancouver's current AHL affiliate, the independent minded Chicago Wolves as their new farm team.

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Afternoon Headshots March 19th

Thomas Drance
March 19 2013 03:17PM

Here's a Zack Kassian tryptch because why not?
Image via Sealcat.

Today at Canucks Army we recapped Monday night's loss to the Wild, defended the notion of "staying the course" and previewed Tuesday night's tilt between the Blues and the Canucks in Vancouver.

If you're feeling Canuck-y (punk), read past the jump for more Canucks related links and news.

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Can Nicklas Jensen help the Canucks this season?

Thomas Drance
March 17 2013 06:17PM

Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with Chris Tanev during the 2011-12 preseason.

In the first period of Saturday night's loss to the Red Wings, David Booth came up lame out of a scrum along the endboards. Following the game, Booth was seen leaving Rogers Arena on crutches. We'll know more when the results of his MRI on Monday become public, but it's safe to assume that he'll be out of the lineup for at least a couple of weeks and quite probably longer.

With their divisive, play-driving powerforward and shooting percentage outlier likely back on the shelf and Zack Kassian battling a back ailment that kept him out of the lineup on Saturday, the Canucks will presumably need to call-up a forward from the Chicago Wolves ahead of Monday nights game against the Minnesota Wild. Should that player be Nicklas Jensen, the Danish sniper who has flashed the potential to find holes in opposing goaltenders this season in addition to finding loopholes in the NHL-CHL transfer agreement?

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Canucks dumped by Red Wings, Hockey Gods in Marquee Matchup

Thomas Drance
March 17 2013 02:04PM

That's what you get for wearing a hockey uniform that includes khaki shorts, I guess.
Photo credit: Jeff Vinnick via Getty/NHLI

On Saturday night the Canucks wore their new Millionaires jerseys in a much anticipated game against the Red Wings. While Pavel Bure's number wasn't retired as some in the media reported it might be, this was still the signature game of the regular season for the Canucks and they came prepared scoring just six seconds into the game and putting together probably their best single period of the year in the first period. 

It all fell apart from there, especially in the first ten minutes of the third period as the Canucks ultimately lost 5-2 to the Red Wings.

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Full Metal Blue Jackets

Thomas Drance
March 12 2013 09:17PM

Mason Raymond earns his team an extra point in the coin flip shootout.
Cool shot by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

From an entertainment and results perspective, this now concluded Canucks road trip was pretty much the road trip from hell. It began last Thursday in Ohio, as the Canucks played a joyless contest against the Blue Jackets and lost in over-ime. From there the Canucks ventured to Minnesota and got the snot kicked out of them by the Wild on Sunday. Finally, like good tin-soldiers, they returned to Ohio on Thursday to try and salvage some dignity. They managed too by the skin of their teeth, as Roberto Luongo, Mason Raymond and Jason Garrison led the club to a 2-1 victory in the skills competition.

Analysis and scoring chance data on the other side of the jump.

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