June 25 2015 07:41PM
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Kevin Bieksa's finest moment as a Vancouver Canucks defender came during the 2011 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hitting everything, fighting Patrick Marleau, and even scoring breakaway goals. The series winner, weird as it was, was just icing on the cake.
Since then Bieksa has publicly criticized the Sharks for diving, even going so far as to say the club lacked integrity.
And now? Well now the Sharks are reportedly keenly interested in acquiring the physical, 34-year-old Canucks blue liner who may or may not have been asked to waive his no-trade clause this week, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
June 25 2015 07:00PM
As the calendar closes in on yet another NHL entry draft it is only reasonable that excitement is racing at a fevered pitch in most hockey crazed markets. And in most of these cases, it's a relatively healthy and fun sort of anticipation centered on which players will be added to their beloved franchises.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the franchise looks to close the book on another young and promising netminder's tenure with the Canucks - the second such occasion in the last three drafts, although the circumstances vary slightly.
Where things get interesting (because the fact that Vancouver is trading its third goaltender in a space of two calendar years surely isn't interesting enough) is the uncertainty surrounding which goaltender will be dealt. Conventional wisdom would suggest shipping out Ryan Miller, the 34-year old netminder with a $6-million cap hit to his credit. Unfortunately, there's not much of a market for the veteran netminder and Benning has specifically stated that he intends to keep him.
That leaves us with one of Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom being the shown the door. There's a legitimate argument to be had for trading either of the two, but today will focus on why the Canucks might trade Lack.
June 25 2015 06:03PM
Being a fan of your hometown team can be a bit of a thankless job at times, but sometimes your loyalty gets rewarded in spades. Such was the case with fans of the Erie Otters the last couple years, as they have been treated with being able to watch the development of both generational talent, Connor McDavid, but also the emergence of Dylan Strome, who's set to become a franchise center for one lucky team.
I'll break down Strome's draft year after the jump.
June 25 2015 05:16PM
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The Vancouver Canucks are expected to trade a goaltender this weekend, one of either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom.
When that happens though may be dictated by outside factors, like when the New York Rangers ultimately move on backup Cam Talbot, who appears to be the belle of the goalie trade market ball, even though you could make a convincing argument that Eddie Lack is the better puck stopper.
"Around the league it seems like the goaltending position is dominating things right now," summarized Canucks president Trevor Linden on Thursday.
June 25 2015 04:45PM
Mitch Marner has been one of the biggest risers in this year's draft rankings thanks to a jaw-dropping offensive season with the OHL's London Knights where he demonstrated an elite offensive skillset.
Let's dig a bit more into Marner's impressive draft year.