Trevor Linden defends Benning, praises Salo, and describes the club's 'delicate dance'

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 03:59PM

On Thursday afternoon Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden got into the hot seat for TSN 1040's President's Week

Joining Matt Sekeres in studio for a two-hour segment on Vancouver sports talk radio, Linden was treated to several hours of questions - both from Sekeres and from ranting fans - about the club's overall strategy. During Linden's lengthy, exhausting appearance the Canucks president defended his general manager Jim Benning and his new assistant general manager John Weisbrod, articulated his belief in the NHL entry draft as crucial for the Canucks' future, discussed what he's learned in his first year on the job, said he missed cycling, and, of course, the Luca Sbisa extension was re-litigated for the billionth time this summer.

By the end of the conversation Linden seemed a bit testy, and fair enough. He mostly spent two hours dealing with the same furious questions and fan rants that have permeated around the Vancouver sports market all summer. Still, it was a revealing segment, and bears some unpacking.

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Canucks will wear the old skate logo jersey vs. Maple Leafs on February 13

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 12:49PM

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Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden spent the prime of his career wearing the mid-90s 'flying skate' jersey, and has repeatedly made no secret of his affection for the sweater, even pushing for the sweater to be worn for the game last season that honoured Pat Quinn. And now he's succeeded in bringing it back, for real.

As part of the 20th anniversary festivities for the Rogers Arena, the Canucks will sport the sweater that they wore during the 1994 Stanley Cup Final this coming year. They'll do in a nationally broadcast game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13th, the club's president announced during an appearance on TSN 1040 on Thursday afternoon.

Cool!

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Virtanen, Boeser, Shinkaruk qualify for ESPN top-100 prospects list

Thomas Drance
August 13 2015 09:08AM

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Having ranked the Vancouver Canucks' prospect system as totally average earlier this week, ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman unveiled his individual top-100 prospects ($) and top-10 goalie prospects ($) on Thursday and four Canucks assets made the cut.

It's probably not the four you think, either. Click past the jump for a recap of how Vancouver's prospects fared in Pronman's league-wide comparative ranking list.

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #18 Dmitri Zhukenov

Thomas Drance
August 12 2015 02:02PM

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With their fourth-round selection at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Vancouver Canucks went a little bit off the board and selected Dmitri Zhukenov, an MHL centremen playing for Avangard Omsk's junior club. Zhukenov was the 61st ranked European Skater according to Central Scouting and was the 114th ranked skater by ISS. Many of us - even those of us who follow hockey prospects intensely - hadn't even heard of him prior to the Canucks calling his name into the microphone on the draft floor.

The previously unknown Russian-born centre checks in at #18 on our prospect profile list.

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #19 Nikita Tryamkin

Thomas Drance
August 11 2015 05:19PM

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Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, a third-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a giant of a man (he stands 6-foot-7) with tools to burn and a lot of learning to do. 

The Russian-born defender was drafted in his second draft eligible season and as a non-scoring defender, carries significant risk in his projection. He also appears to be a long, long way away from committing to leaving Russia and coming overseas to pursue his professional hockey career in North America.

The ultimate wild card in our prospect profile series, Tryamkin checks in at #19 on our list.

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