November 03 2015 01:00PM
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Former Vancouver Canucks second-round draft pick Anton Rodin will reportedly be monitored by curious NHL teams at the upcoming Karjala Cup in Finland, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
"Hard to say how many potential European free agents can make an impact in North America," Friedman wrote in his latest 30 Thoughts column, but there are at least two others who will be monitored in Finland. Both are Swedes.
"One is Anton Rodin, an about-to-be-25-year-old forward drafted in 2009 by Vancouver. He played in the AHL, but couldn’t get a one-way contract and went home. (UPDATE: I had checked to see if Vancouver retained his rights and misunderstood the results. He is still Canucks property.)"
Would Rodin interest the Canucks? And if not, could the club potentially finagle an asset from another team that's willing to roll the dice on the SHL's leading scorer?
November 02 2015 11:38PM
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The Vancouver Canucks celebrated Vancouver Grizzlies night on Monday, baffling Philadelphia Flyers beat writers and Canadian Press national reporters with a discordant sort of celebration of a team that left the city 15 years ago.
Shareef Abdul-Raheem was in attendance! So was the original Grizzlies dance squad! Alex Burrows played his 700th game! Henrik Sedin recorded his 1000th career point - cumulative between playoffs and the regular season. And Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen, respectively, had the strongest games of their respective seasons. So there was a lot to like.
"It's pretty special getting your first one on home-ice in front fo the fans, pretty special," Virtanen told reporters of scoring his first career goal on Monday, somehow forgetting to mention that it was special because the goal occurred on Grizzlies night...
November 02 2015 10:32PM
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In what has to be one of the strangest moments in Vancouver sports history, prized Canucks rookie forward Jake Virtanen - nicknamed Big Country by his teammates - scored his first career NHL goal during a Vancouver Grizzlies-themed home game at Rogers Arena.
What a time to be alive.
November 02 2015 09:54PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have opted to allow Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann to play NHL hockey beyond the nine-game mark, after which point their respective entry-level contracts will be tolled.
Despite the pomp and circumstance of this weekend's video-meeting prank, Canucks general manager Jim Benning has made it clear that McCann and Virtanen will have to continue to prove themselves lest they find themselves playing hockey at a level below the NHL in the not-too-distant future.
November 02 2015 07:07PM
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In what's become something of a tradition for the Willie Desjardins era Vancouver Canucks, the club notified teenaged forwards Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen on Sunday that they were remaining in the NHL past the nine-game barrier. The twist: the club elected to do so during a video meeting in which they first brutally tore McCann and Virtanen's performances to shreds.
Well now we can watch the video!