October 04 2016 02:30PM
The waiver wire list generally only gets better and better as training camps approach their end dates, and this year is no exception. Tuesday's list features some extremely interesting players.
October 04 2016 12:00PM
This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.
The most difficult division in hockey just got more competitive.
The Stars, Blues, and Blackhawks took a hit in free agency, but still boast the majority of their core players that made them arguably the best three teams in the West last season. The two wild card teams, the Predators and Wild, each made major steps forward, and the Jets and Avs, the two squads who didn't make the playoffs, look like they're moving in the right direction.
October 03 2016 11:14PM
Facing off against a fairly representative Arizona Coyotes squad, and playing its second game in as many nights, the Canucks certainly looked the part dropping a 4-2 decision Monday night in Vancouver. The Canucks fell to 1-2-2 in the preseason, as the club's penalty killing problems continued to be an issue. The Coyotes went 3-for-5 on the power play and the Canucks faced a 5-on-3 disadvantage for the third straight game.
There were some positive signs, though. Ben Hutton looked confident and strong with the puck. The tandem of Alex Edler and Troy Stecher were great on the power play and at even strength. Jack Skille and Tuomo Ruutu continued their respective battles to make the team on PTOs. But the Canucks will no doubt welcome the return of the Sedins and company starting Thursday against the Flames.
October 03 2016 03:00PM
We're still waiting for real hockey games, but there won't be a dull day off the ice between now and the start of the NHL regular season. Monday kicks off another week and another batch of players for the waiver wire.
October 03 2016 01:00PM
I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little bummed my boy Nick Merkley was sent back to the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday from Coyotes camp; would have loved to see him play against the Canucks. However, there are other things worth watching this evening and no it's not Derek Dorsett. Willie D may disagree.
Regardless, if the Canucks can afford to not make another ill timed line change, they might just win one of these exhibitions.