First Look: Canucks Sign D Troy Stecher from NCAA North Dakota

Jeremy Davis
April 13 2016 05:01PM

You could see this one coming from a mile away. How else could we have 2000 words on the subject within a half an hour of the news breaking?

Today, the Canucks signed NCAA free agent defenceman Troy Stecher, a junior at the University of North Dakota. Stecher is a native of Richmond, B.C., and had told the press just last week how he “dreamed about playing for the Canucks” when he was younger. Stecher also spent the season with Vancouver’s 2015 first round selection, Brock Boeser. This was a lay up.

Let’s take a look at what the Canucks have added in Troy Stecher, the season he’s enjoyed with the Fighting Hawks, and his hockey career to this point and into the future.

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From the balcony: Nobody likes a math geek

Statsler & Waldorf
April 13 2016 04:24PM

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From high up in the gondola at Rogers Arena, you’re favourite Muppets are back to offer some thoughts on the end of the Canucks' season…

Waldorf: Well, Statsler looks like another season has gone by. Do you think we’re any closer to seeing the Canucks win a Stanley Cup?

Statsler: The only thing we’re closer to is the grave, you old fool.

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Trevor Linden: 'we were hoping for the best and it didn't work out this year'

Jeff Paterson
April 12 2016 04:25PM

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It was less formal and more revealing than what had just taken place on the other side of the wall at Rogers Arena. 

Moments after Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins descended from the podium where they had been pressed on the many failings of the Vancouver Canucks this season, President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden offered his thoughts and observations.

In a wide-ranging media scrum, Linden once again backed his head coach, broke the news of his captain’s broken finger, shot down rampant rumours of a front office shake-up and seemed to offer a glimpse into the team’s plans for the ample spending money the Canucks are likely to have to work with this summer when the salaries of Radim Vrbata and quite likely Dan Hamhuis come off the books.

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Canucks Player Power Rankings - Year End Wrap-up

Grainne Downey
April 12 2016 03:00PM

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As much as many fans appreciated the Canucks freefall  to 28th overall, cheering against your favourite team is not that fun! To finish off the season, the Power Tankings are flipping back into Power Rankings and we’re counting down this team from best to worst to worse-than-worst!

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Comets Sign Carl Neill to ATO, Get NHL Players Back

Jeremy Davis
April 12 2016 01:24PM

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The Comets have been floundering a bit lately, but they about to get some reinforcements. With the conclusion of the Canucks season, the Comets will be getting four impact players back, as well as a fresh face.

The Comets have added Canucks defensive prospect Carl Neill to an Amateur Tryout according the AHL's transaction page. Neill recently finished his final season in the QMJHL, collecting more points than any other defence prospect in the Canucks' system.

They'll also be getting four players back from the Canucks - Brendan Gaunce, Andrey Pedan, Mike Zalewski, and Ronalds Kenins - all of which will make a huge difference for the Comets going forward.

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