November 11 2015 05:02PM
Alex Burrows will meet with the NHL on Friday to discuss his verbal exchange with New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo.
November 11 2015 04:30PM
There has seemingly been a lot of chatter floating around lately about how the NHL as a collective is getting younger. Whether it's due to salary cap restraints or a changing game that generally demands more athleticism from its players than ever before, the fact of the matter is that teams are divvying up a larger portion of the pie to their more youthful assets.
We're seeing that first-hand in Vancouver this season. While there's room to quibble with how they've been used on occasion by the coaching staff, there's no denying that the Canucks are embracing the league-wide youth movement with the quartet of players 22-or-under playing important roles for them early on.
Even with these philosophical adaptations by the organization, though, for the Vancouver Canucks everything still begins and ends with the Sedins. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 11 2015 12:51PM
Welcome back to "What Would You Do Wednesday!" we missed last week, mostly because we couldn't think of things that we could do (actually, I fell asleep at the wheel). Today, let's talk about a youngster who is ripping it up away from the main roster.
November 11 2015 09:48AM
Jim Benning earned the moniker Trader Jim at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, making move after move. While Benning was much quieter at the 2015 Draft, he still picked his spots throughout July and August and slowly but surely turned his roster over.
The popular belief right now is that Jim Benning is terrible at trading. It’s not strictly about the players involved, but rather about the value of these players as assets. It certainly seemed that the Canucks were bleeding value in nearly every trade that Benning made when looked at from the vast majority of statistical perspectives.
But a funny thing keeps happening: Benning’s deals seem to turn out alright simply because things keep going horribly wrong for the assets that he ships off. So naturally, the question becomes, does Benning see this coming, or is he a more active participant in their misfortunes? In short, is Jim Benning a psychic, or has he been practicing voodoo?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 10 2015 08:01PM
You all know the story at this point. John Tortorella used to be the head coach fo the Vancouver Canucks. We all thought it would be fun at first, but it turned out to be awful. Next to nothing positive came out of it. Suddenly, the Blue Jackets showed up and offered up a draft pick in exchange for permission to hire a guy that the Canucks already fired. We all laughed as the team obviously approved the move.
Tonight, we got to see the Canucks face him for the first time. It was an interesting one, to say the least.