July 13 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks' lack of secondary offence was a hot topic last season, and with good reason. In spite of a vintage offensive performance from Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen's emergence as a 20-goal scorer, the club finished with the league's second-worst offence in 2015-16.
Secondary scoring's been elusive for a few seasons now, though. Fans are at a point where they have a difficult time remembering the club's last authentic second line. A reality they confront more often than not with the tongue in cheek description of the Canucks, as a team with "three third lines".
Acquiring Loui Eriksson is bound to alleviate concerns about goal-scoring, but he's also likely to play alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Such a development leaves the future of the Canucks middle-six shrouded in mystery. Satiar Shah explored the possibility of moving Eriksson down the lineup in favour of Jannik Hansen, but that addresses just one of the many questions facing that section of the lineup.
A trade or signing may still be to come, but as of right now the question remains: can the Canucks expect to have a true second line next season?
July 13 2016 09:00AM
On Monday the Montreal Canadiens announced that they would be relocating their American Hockey League franchise from its current location in St. John’s, Newfoundland to Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. During the press conference in which the move was announced, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin listed the proximity of the NHL and AHL franchises as a chief reason for the move.
The Canadiens are far from the first team to do this. It's another in a growing list of AHL-NHL partnerships that involves either sharing an arena or close proximity to each other. The benefits are clear: it would ease their ability to track the progress of their minor pro prospects as well as give feedback and instruction. Which begs the question: How long can the Canucks afford to keep their AHL franchise in Utica?
July 12 2016 11:52AM
July 11 2016 07:44PM
The Canucks have re-signed AHL forward Mike Zalewski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $632,500.
#Canucks have re-signed Mike Zalewski to a 1-year, two-way contract at $632,500. He had 33 points in 58 AHL games, & 1A in 3 games with VAN.— Canucks Now (@CanucksNow) July 12, 2016
July 11 2016 09:00AM
Well, that was a relatively uneventful week of Vancouver Canucks fandom. I mean, unless you're of the hardcore variety and you're into development camps and so on. In which case, yeah, there was at least that. For the neophytes among us, not so much.
I mean, the Canucks did sign somebody. They inked Michael Carcone, fresh off the heels of his development camp showing, to an entry-level contract. That's something, I guess. The big trade that we're all waiting for has yet to drop, though. Similarly, the Canucks haven't been connected to any free agents of consequence.
Yet you fine folks still came up with a series of questions about the Canucks. And I will do my best to answer them in kind.