May 30 2016 03:00PM
Anything big happen with the Vancouver Canucks this week? I heard something about a trade in these parts. Something about a punishing, physical defender entering the prime of his career, right? But they paid how much?
Oh well, onto the next item. Or several items, I suppose. You've got questions and I've got something that might qualify as answers. Let's get to it, on the other side of the jump.
May 30 2016 01:00PM
Acquired by the New York Rangers in advance of the 2015 trade deadline, Keith Yandle has yet to live up to his billing as one of the league's premier puck-movers and offensive defenceman in the city that never sleeps. It's looking less and less likely that he'll have the opportunity to next season, too.
According to Larry Brooks of The New York Post, the Rangers are likely to do their due diligence on finding a way to create a fit within their salary structure. It just doesn't sound as though there are enough dollars, or openings, to make it the sensible decision.
Though the relationship Yandle has shared with the Rangers for a season-plus has fallen short of expectations for everyone involved, disappointment is a relative term though and this is still a premier offensive defender. Though the Canucks acquisition of Erik Gudbranson addresses their patchwork blue line if only so slightly, there is still room for a player with Yandle's pedigree and poise moving the puck.
May 30 2016 08:00AM
Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set.
Although he battled injuries this season, Laberge had a fantastic showing at the BMO CHL/NHL Top prospect game and followed up the QMJHL season with a good showing at the U18 in North Dakota.
No matter which team takes the Victoriaville Tigre, they will be adding a great prospect who looks poised to develop into an NHL player.
May 29 2016 02:25PM
Yes, the time is nearly upon us. Ever since word leaked at last year's draft that there was mutual interest between the Vancouver Canucks and local boy Milan Lucic, a fierce debate has raged amongst the fan base: should the Canucks be interested? Should we, the fans, be accepting of a key cog of the 2011 Boston Bruins, irrespective of the hero he was for this city in junior?
Milan Lucic is an illustration of the rift that has grown between Canucks fans. There's a very real hatred associated with what he did to the Canucks five years ago, lifting the silver chalice in our building while sporting the spoked B. Yet it's difficult to imagine that even his fiercest critic wouldn't be able to find some semblance of forgiveness deep down inside them if the former Giant ended up pulling on the blue and green.
In short, Milan Lucic has us all deeply confused and conflicted. So.. should we bring him aboard?
May 29 2016 07:00AM
Coming in at #24 we have we have the prodigiously sized Tage Thompson. Thompson brings a skill game rarely seen in such a big man and was exceptionally productive for a 17 year old NCAA freshman. That said there are some reasons for concern when it comes to how and when he was scoring those points, as well as whether it was him or his frequent line mates who were really driving the offense.
After the jump we'll take a look at Thompson and why he's a guy who would be considered more of a long term prospect, but one with whom the upside at the end may be too much to pass up.