September 26 2015 04:00PM
How great is 3-on-3 overtime? It's the best, isn't it? You play
a hard fought 60 minutes and then as a bonus you get 5 minutes of "gong show hockey". BRILLIANT! Thankfully this charade of fake bonus hockey will be over soon. Sadly for the Canucks, that just means the games they've been playing will be over after the final buzzer. We've all been patient, and we're getting close to seeing a full roster in the preseason.
September 26 2015 01:19PM
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Snip, snip. The training camp cuts have begun. The Vancouver Canucks are in the process of trimming down their roster as the regular season approaches.
This week, 17 players were released from the Canucks preseason roster—twelve on Tuesday, two more on Thursday, and four more on Saturday (including Hunter Shinkaruk). Goaltender Richard Bachman also cleared waivers and was assigned to the Utica Comets. That leaves 22 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders in camp—35 players in total.
The odds of making the team are improving for the players that are still in Vancouver, but the Canucks' roster will need to be down to 23 men on opening night. Here's a breakdown of how the remaining players are faring as the Canucks head into the second leg of home-and-home games against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
September 26 2015 01:00PM
It wasn’t all that long ago that Brendan Gaunce was all but written off as a Canucks prospect. In the span of a single season, however, Gaunce has suddenly emerged as the most likely candidate to graduate from the Comets to the Canucks this season.
In the wake of a preseason injury, there is an extra spot open. After impressing at the Young Stars Classic, is the door open for Brendan Gaunce to make his NHL debut?
September 26 2015 12:08PM
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Every year there's at least one roster reduction that really gets Canuck nation's blood boiling. Well, warranted or not, this might be that time.
The Canucks announced this morning that they have reduced their roster by four players, including Andrey Pedan, Carter Bancks, Wacey Hamilton, and most notably (by far) Hunter Shinkaruk.
September 26 2015 09:52AM
The NHL preseason is officially underway. This is a time for youngins to show off what they learned in the summer, and for oldies to try to prove that they still have something to give. It’s also a time for a number of AHL destined skaters to show that they could be useful in a call up down the road, knowing that their chances of sticking around now are pretty much nil.
The Canucks will have a expose a number of players to waivers sometime between now and October 7th in order to get their roster size down to the required 23. Are they likely to lose any of those waiver exposed players?