January 28 2016 09:00AM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
*On the phone with the boss*
"Do I really have to recap that weekend? Seriously? It was just so... Well, fine then."
Last weekend sucked if you are a Utica Comets fan.
I guess they had it coming. The Comets played just the two games - both against the AHL's best and most dangerous team. A team that they'd stayed close with in previous encounters. A trend that was cut short last weekend, as the Comets were ground into mulch by the Toronto Marlies.
January 27 2016 05:00PM
When the Canucks resume their regular season schedule on February 4th, following the completion of the All-Star break, there will be two pairs of games being played in Vancouver for essentially the duration of February and they aren't mutually exclusive.
On the ice, they'll have 11 chances to continue their season-long rock fight with their Pacific Division peers. While the Sharks and Ducks appear to have started rounding into a form that'll eventually distinguish themselves from the pack, there's still enough wiggle room there for the improbable nature of hockey to throw a monkey wrench into the playoff race.
Maybe of more interest for our purposes is what'll happen off the ice during that time, with the February 29th trade deadline looming large. While the Canucks have a couple of impending free agents on their books that could be on the way out in the coming weeks, a particular name that seems to be gaining traction these days is Dan Hamhuis.
January 27 2016 03:00PM
Source: Vancouver Canucks
The oft-mentioned former Canucks prospect Anton Rodin is currently injured with a skate cut suffered in practice last week. Rodin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which means his season in Sweden is likely over; although, a return in time for the playoffs hasn't been ruled out. These developments don't seem to have altered the discourse surrounding Rodin, who the Canucks are rumoured to be circling the wagons on.
January 27 2016 02:00PM
Convenience is everything nowadays.
We want everything to be as centralized as possible – with apps, news, etc all in one place – and everything done for us to the largest possible extent. To that end, I’ve taken the initiative to simplify and centralize the very common calculation of a hockey player’s NHLE, by creating a calculator for it. To my knowledge, it’s the first of its kind that is publicly available (this determined by one Google search and quick scan of the results), but I could be wrong.
January 27 2016 01:39PM
Things are starting to pick up in advance of the NHL Trade Deadline. To their credit, the Canucks have already dipped their toes in the water, snatching Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers for Nicklas Jensen.
That was trade was quick to develop, going from rumour to reality in less than a days time. What's more, it involved two pieces that were perhaps on the unexpected side of the spectrum. Although, it's fair to wonder if we should really be surprised anymore by a prospect trade that tilts the scales in Vancouver's favour with Jim Benning at the helm.
I can't help but wonder if any other Canucks pieces are play - for the right price of course. I mean, Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis are brought up with regularity. Could there be any surprises in advance of the trade deadline, though?
Which unexpected pieces do you think could be gone by the deadline? Or for that matter, which off the radar acquisitions could you see the Canucks making? Think outside the box for this one!