October 06 2016 09:00AM
Jack Skille has fallen in love with the city of Vancouver during his brief stay on a professional tryout with the Canucks. From walks on the Stanley Park seawall to time in downtown shops and restaurants, he’s grown fond of a place he desperately wants to call home for the coming hockey season. It could happen, but Skille knows there is still plenty of work to do before he can call himself a Vancouverite or a Canuck.
October 05 2016 06:39PM
The Canucks announced today that five more roster hopefuls have gotten the axe, including 2016 fifth overall pick Olli Juolevi, bringing the number of players remaining down to 33.
October 05 2016 04:51PM
Chris Tanev has made a name for himself in the National Hockey League as a quiet, confident defenseman whose best attribute may just be the way he processes the game and executes calmly under pressure. Very little rattles the 26-year-old. That’s the ‘hockey’ Chris Tanev that Vancouver Canucks fans have come to know and appreciate.
Put Tanev in front of a television watching his beloved Toronto Blue Jays grind out an extra inning win to advance to the American League Divisional Series as they did on Tuesday night and it’s a different story. That calm demeanour and those mild manners go out the window as quickly as Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run walk-off homer left the park.
October 05 2016 04:44PM
While the average training camp typically provides enough media fodder all on its own, there are a couple of extra wrinkles for the Canucks this season. One is that Troy Stecher, who probably should have been around ninth or tenth on the Canucks’ defensive depth, has been pretty clearly better than all but three or four Canuck defencemen this preseason, opening up the conversation about waiving players that we didn’t think we’re going to get waived.
A second wrinkle that has caught Vancouver’s attention in the past couple of days is the games played threshold for exposure in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. How serious of an issue is this for the Canucks, and what sort of sneaky ways are there to work around it?
October 05 2016 01:30PM
It is a particularly busy day on the NHL waiver wire, which features at least one NHL-caliber forward, defenceman and goaltender. Most teams still have a lot of bodies in training camp, but the names on today’s list have to be tempting.