WWYDW: All-Star Hangover

J.D. Burke
February 03 2016 09:00AM

With all the drama going into the All-Star game, there was no telling how well the game would be received. The league had Nashville and the new 3-on-3 format going for them, but there was also the John Scott fiasco in the leadup which kind of soured the mood.

In a last minute show of self-awareness, the league changed its tune and embraced the Scott situation to the fullest. By Monday morning, Scott had the All-Star Game MVP and was the NHL's First Star of the Week. The All-Star Game and everything after has been nothing short of great.

Which brings us to our question of the week: If you could make any changes to the All-Star Game, what would they be? The voting, rules, format, whether it even happens, etc. are all in play. Enjoy!

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Conversation with Hunter Shinkaruk and Brendan Gaunce [Part 1]

Ryan Biech
February 02 2016 03:00PM

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Late last week I was able to speak to a pair of former first-round picks by the Vancouver Canucks, Hunter Shinkaruk and Brendan Gaunce. I wanted to avoid the cliches of the usual hockey conversation, opting to try and get a peak into the mindsets of these developing forwards and what makes them tick.

Given the length of the conversation and variety of topics covered, it will be split into two separate posts with part one having a heavy slant towards their developmental years, in junior and Utica alike; part two will be focused on NHL development and their bright futures.

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Brandon Prust placed on waivers

Ryan Biech
February 02 2016 10:27AM

The inevitable happened this morning, as Bob Mckenzie from TSN reported that Canucks forward Brandon Prust was placed on waivers. This move was unavoidable with Henrik Sedin likely returning to action on Thursday, and Dan Hamhuis set to return within the next week or two.

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Why Alex Biega Was Late to Break Through

J.D. Burke
February 02 2016 10:00AM

Not to be outdone by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tom Sestito, the Vancouver Canucks announced a contract extension of their own yesterday, coming to terms on a two-year, one-way pact with Alex Biega, valued at $1.5-million.

It was the first one-way contract of Biega's professional career and the dollar value in year one is $30,000 more than the combined AHL level income of his previous four deals combined - accounting for five plus years of professional hockey. This, at 27-years old, as a former fifth-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres. Safe to say the Biega family thoroughly enjoyed yesterday.

Just what took this underdog story so long to develop, anyways? By all accounts, Biega has been a steady - if unspectacular - blue liner at the AHL level for much of his professional career. Makes one wonder...

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The Pacific War Room

Nation World HQ
February 02 2016 07:00AM

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In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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