December 09 2016 03:23PM
It seems like the age old conversation in Vancouver is who will play alongside the Sedins. There's been countless players in the past such as greats like Jason King, Byron Bitz, Taylor Pyatt, Anson Carter and more recently Alex Burrows and Radim Vrbata. When the Canucks went out and got Loui Eriksson in the offseason, it was expected that he would slot into that role. He struggled out of the gate and it's been a game of chess ever since. Brandon Sutter is currently there, but he is struggling mightily, so I asked our writers, who do you think should be there?
December 09 2016 01:15PM
The Canucks currently sit 27th in the NHL, ahead of Toronto, Colorado, and Arizona. For a majority of this season, it's been win-one-lose-one. The team is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games - a significant improvement of what was once 0-8-1. Playing alongside Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi appears to have revitalized Alex Burrows, and injuries to the likes of Jannik Hansen, Chris Tanev, and Alex Edler have arguably taken a toll on the front and back ends. The presence of veterans has an obvious beneficial impact on the team, which reinforces management's thinking in that the young players need mentors.
Jim Benning was on TSN 1040 this morning to discuss some recent, eye-catching statements that he made earlier this week. This interview was very much focused on the team's future and management's plans, eventually hinting at the idea that the Canucks' re-tooling phase may be over.
December 09 2016 11:00AM
To turn an old phrase around, the less things change the more they get drastically different.
If you've been paying attention, the signs are there. Much in the same way Westworld sprinkled little things here and there that looked really obvious once the suspense played out, the dots are there to be connected.
There was talk that the Aquilini family was getting more involved with the team.
There were musings linking Dale Tallon to the Canucks.
There were heated trade talks that came to a sudden halt.
Now there's a report that the Canucks won't ask anyone to waive a No Trade or No Move Clause.
And even more telling, outright reports that the Canucks front office, who were busy shopping for 20-goal scorers just a couple of weeks ago, no longer have trade-making authority.
Let that sink in.
December 09 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks are a confusing bunch. Sometimes, they win games they have no business winning in a manner that no one could see coming. This week, the confusion extends to the location of their soccer ball, Troy Stecher's infallibility, and scarves.
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December 09 2016 05:13AM
Should the Canucks be concerned about their top 5 pick last year, are the Leafs any good, is Paul Maurice's job in jeopardy, the Flames looking ahead to the trade deadline, Oilers need to find consistency, Brandon Sutter is ill-suited for current role, a deeper look at Kris Russell as an Oiler, Patrick O'Sullivan, Las Vegas, concussion spotters and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.