August 29 2016 11:00AM
We're another week closer to the pre-season, which is great because frankly, I'm running out of inane small talk to fill this space before I answer your questions.
I mean, some stuff happened. Nothing of real consequence, though. Brandon Pirri is off the market, having signed with the New York Rangers for one year at $1.1-million. That's a thing. I wouldn't have minded the Canucks taking a flyer on Pirri, but I'm not losing sleep over them not.
Oh well. You've got questions, I've got answers. You know the drill.
August 29 2016 09:00AM
There's so much I could say about Anton Rodin. I'm almost having a hard time figuring where to start. His development path has been an atypical one, to say the least. So much so, in fact, that it's debatable whether or not he even qualifies as a "prospect".
He'll turn 26 midway through the 2015-16 season, and should theoretically be in the prime of his career. He's still eligible for the Calder trophy, and he's still an unknown commodity, however, which made him a prime candidate for the top-end of our prospect rankings.
August 27 2016 04:01PM
With the World Cup of Hockey a month away, players have started to get back onto the ice after an off-season of mostly rehabilitation and training. The Canucks will have two players on Team Europe, as both Jannik Hansen and Luca Sbisa will be playing amongst their continental peers against the best players in the NHL.
Although he has had his fair share of inconsistencies in Vancouver, 26 year-old Luca Sbisa may be heavily relied upon by Team Europe's head coach, Ralph Krueger. Jannik Hansen, on the other hand, is fresh off a 22-goal season and Krueger expects him to be a solid, two-way player. The upcoming tournament will prepare both players for another season in Vancouver, as well as give fans sneak peek of what to expect out of their play going into the 2016-17 campaign.
August 26 2016 03:00PM
As we just watched the Canadian athletes take the country by storm during the Rio Games, and are awaiting the World Cup of Hockey starting in a short while in Toronto, it's hard not to think about the highly controversial topic that is the NHL at the Olympic games. It has become a staple every four years since 1998, when NHL players were first allowed to compete in the games. Are we ready to go back to a world where the NHLers simply carry on during the games and pretend it's not happening? I took the question to our staff of writers. More after the jump!
August 26 2016 01:00PM
Anne-Marie Sorvin: USA Today Sports
The Canucks have a series of difficult questions to face at the onset of training camp. Paramount among them is whether they can accommodate Jake Virtanen as a feature on their opening night lineup.
It's not even a matter of regression, or whether Virtanen has done anything to loosen his grip on a full-time job. By all accounts, Virtanen had one of the best second halves among all Canucks' forwards; a distinction worth making, but one that perhaps undersells his body of work last season as a whole, truthfully. He's apparently been putting in serious work this off-season, too.