WWYDW: Playoffs?

Jackson McDonald
January 11 2017 09:00AM

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The Canucks find themselves in a bit of an odd scenario. They're on a bit of a run, so to speak, having won six in a row before dropping their latest contest in Calgary. That puts them right back in the thick of the playoff hunt, but also in the midst of a rebuild.

Even if the team were to make the playoffs this season, that doesn't mean the rebuild is complete. The Canucks are still in desperate need of young talent, and with expansion looming, would perhaps be best served dealing some of their older players for futures. That is, unless you believe the team can make a serious run.

So, this week's question is, do you deal vets for picks and prospects at the deadline, or hold on to your guys in hopes of making a prolonged postseason push, even if that means losing a good player for nothing?

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Canucks Army Post-Game: NashDulle

J.D. Burke
January 10 2017 10:03PM

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You can take Nashville from Barry Trotz, but if tonight's game is any indication, you can't take Barry Trotz out of Nashville. That was a lifeless game straight from the vaults of the Trotz vs. Vigneault bouts of old.

If not for a high-stick negating a Filip Forsberg goal, the Canucks would've left the first period down a goal with not but four shots to their credit. For a period at least, the Canucks looked like everything prognosticators expected of them, and that was doubly true of their opponents in Nashville.

Nashville didn't let that effort go to waste, though. They picked up right where they left off and put an Auston Watson shot past Ryan Miller for the 1-0 advantage.

The Canucks mounted something of a push soon after, though. Their hyper-modern fourth line pinned the Predators in their zone for well over a minute, generating the first period of sustained offence the Canucks enjoyed all night.

Vancouver didn't mount anything resembling a sustained attack afterwards until they pulled their goalie with roughly two minutes left in the third. They pounced on a poorly timed Colton Sissons turnover and let Brandon Sutter put the puck past a frustrated Pekka Rinne.

Both teams traded barbs in the extra frame. It looked like Vancouver had the upper hand when Mattias Ekholm took a holding penalty in the offensive zone to take down Markus Granlund. Then a quick break in the dying seconds of the overtime power play saw Calle Jarnkrok convert on the two-on-zero with Roman Josi for the winning goal with 1.5 seconds left. 

Miller stopped 21 of 23 Predators shots for the Canucks. Opposite Miller, Rinne stopped 29 of 30 Canucks shots tonight.

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Fun with the CBA: Bo Horvat goes to the All-Star Game

Ryan Biech
January 10 2017 05:00PM

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Bowie William Horvat will represent the Canucks at the 2017 NHL All-Star in Los Angeles. 

This is a fantastic development for the Canucks, as one of their building blocks continues his upward trajectory towards being a leader on the team. 

Horvat, who's in the final year of his entry-level, could be in line for a bonus as a result of his place on the Pacific Division's team.

As always, this is an opportunity to explain what this means for the Canucks going forward.

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Canucks Army Podcast - Episode 9 - 2016-2017

Satiar Shah
January 10 2017 03:11PM

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The Canucks Army Podcast returns for the first time in 2017 with another episode with J.D. Burke and myself but we won't be alone since Ryan Biech is a special guest for this week's podcast.

There's plenty of news in Canucks nation with the Canucks leading goal and point scorer Bo Horvat dominating the headlines after his first selection to an NHL All-Star Game.

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The End of Reebok and the Adidas Takeover

Matthew Henderson
January 10 2017 01:00PM

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The NHL is now in their 100th year, and to mark the occasion, they're going out with the old and in with the new. Since the 2007-08 season, Reebok has been the uniform provider of the NHL, but that will all change a decade later, as Adidas will be taking over for the 2017-18 campaign. 

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