November 22 2016 11:14PM
The Canucks are already three players into the Utica Comets roster. It's been that kind of ugly this season. We're nowhere near the body count last season inflicted, but the bodies are mounting all the same.
By my count, there's no less than four Canucks regulars (or semi-regulars, at the very least) absent from the Canucks' lineup. Each player's injury status has been kept mostly under wraps, and updates have been sparse. All the same, I'm going to try my best to get you updated in advance of their three-game road trip.
November 22 2016 01:22PM
The Vancouver Canucks have an interesting off-season ahead of them, with quite a few contracts coming off the books.
Some are older players heading towards unrestricted free agency, many of which likely don't figure beyond another year with this franchise. There are, however, a couple pending restricted free agents who are obvious building blocks for the Canucks to take care of, too.
I want to focus today on Bowie Horvat.
Selected 9th overall in 2013, Horvat has come in and been a bright light, and that's why the Canucks should lock him up long term, as soon as possible.
November 22 2016 09:00AM
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It's easy to take Brendan Gaunce for granted. He's not the most imposing player physically and doesn't often impress himself upon the scoresheet either. But make no mistake about it, he's making his mark.
In a year where development has become something of a taboo talking point around Pat Quinn Way, Gaunce finds himself a staple in the Canucks bottom-six at 22-years-old. He's had different linemates, played in different roles and at different positions too.
The one constant? He's helped the Canucks' suppress opposition offence in each scenario. He's among the team's best players in that regard, and the coach is taking notice.
November 21 2016 05:16PM
With the news this morning that Derek Dorsett may be heading for the Injured Reserve, speculation was abound about who the Canucks might call up in his stead. While Alex Grenier leads the team in scoring, AHL contracted players Curtis Valk and Darren Archibald are on hot streaks, and Jake Virtanen is also there, the Canucks opted to go with Joe LaBate, as he is clearly the Dorsett-iest player available.
November 21 2016 01:00PM
Well, that was an eventful week. The Canucks can score goals again. Who'da thunk it?
Now, if only they could remember to prevent the odd goal or two. That'd be nice. Would've certainly come in handy for Saturday night's game against the dreaded Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, they scored three goals and managed to surrender four in the final 25 or so minutes of the game.
I guess this is the part where I answer your questions. Let's get on to that.