September 13 2016 12:36PM
According to our own Jeff Paterson, the Vancouver Canucks have taken their first step into the professional tryout market, will be signing James Sheppard, formerly of the New York Rangers, to one such contract.
This plan was confirmed by Iain MacIntyre this morning on twitter:
Expect Canucks to make it official with PTO to James Sheppard. He likely won't be only one.— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) September 13, 2016
And then confirmed by Ben Kuzma:
Benning confirms PTOs for C/LW James Sheppard, 28, and RW Tuomo Ruutu, 33. #Canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) September 13, 2016
Sheppard, 28, last played meaningful hockey for the Rangers en route to their Eastern Conference finals appearance in the 2014-15 season, after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round selection in the 2016 Entry Draft. Though the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Sheppard to a PTO in advance of last season, he wasn't able to stick and settled for a one-year deal with the Kloten Flyers of the Suisse men's league, the NLA.
In 37 games of NLA action last season, Sheppard scored 25 points. In the playoffs, Sheppard chipped in with one goal in four games.
September 13 2016 11:59AM
Team USA is coming in with a plan for the World Cup of Hockey.
It may not be a very good plan but it is, indeed, a plan.
Coach John Tortorella doesn't care how his team wins as long as it happens.
If you are a fan of Team USA, that has to give you a special tingle down your spine. Sure, he may take patriotism to an uncomfortable level... but by the same token it adds a level of stakes that shouldn't be associated with an exhibition tournament.
The NHL has to absolutely love it.
As the tournament begins on Wednesday, I want to take a look at the five fun storylines to watch for from Team USA.
September 13 2016 11:00AM
The hockey season is almost upon us, and there is reason to be excited. The Canucks made some changes over the summer, which gives the majority of fans a reason for optimism and excitement.
However we don't have any idea how the season will go. If everything falls the Canucks way, there is a chance they are in the mix for a wild card spot, however as we saw last season, a couple injuries here or there and the season could go off the rails.
Regardless of what happens, it's always good to look ahead and ponder what can happen with the team?
September 13 2016 09:00AM
With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.
Following yesterday's rehash of the 2015 Canucks' draft class, today is a deep dive into their 2016 haul. At this point, it looks considerably weaker than the 2015 group, but then again, the 2015 class looks a lot better now that it did on draft day.
September 12 2016 11:08AM
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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.
The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.