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April 10 2015 06:30AM
Canucks, Jets and Flames all headed to the playoffs, Brendan Shanahan's tight ship, Kings miss, can the Oilers ever change, Keegan Lowe fights twice in NHL debut, breaking down trade deadline a month after the deals and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 09 2015 11:40PM
Dor$ett started a new pre game stretch this evening, can't blame him though pic.twitter.com/kNB2lnHCWy— ALWAYS 90 FOUR (@Always90four) April 10, 2015
With the Canucks already having clinched a postseason berth with a Kings loss on Tuesday, all eyes in the hockey world were watching the game going in on in Calgary with much more intent. And who could blame them? Vancouver-Arizona is hardly a compelling match-up at this juncture of the season, and the Flames had the opportunity to play unlikely spoilers and eliminate the defending champions from Stanley Cup contention.
And wouldn't you know it, Calgary did the improbable and set themselves up for a first round showdown against the Canucks with a 3-1 win, as Vancouver geared up for the postseason by laying a 5-0 beatdown on the lowly Coyotes. Read past the jump for a look at tonight's game.
April 09 2015 01:45PM
In the words of the great Bryan Adams "Can't stop this thing we started, you gotta know its right." Well said, you Canadian icon. Well said.
So, since the last game was played the Canucks have clinched a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, no big deal. But let's not dwell on the past - we have a game to play! The Arizona Coyotes are in town this evening and their "sweepstakes" are getting close. You know what I'm talking about.
Vancouver is hoping to lock down home ice advantage for at least the first round with their remaining games, so with the Coyotes in desperate need of a really good player in say, the first overall pick area, maybe a loss to the Canucks isn't so bad. This series has been a gong show this year and the Canucks took the last game 3-1. Who knows what to expect, but one would assume a Canucks win is probably in the cards.
April 09 2015 12:33PM
If you've been a Canucks fan long enough, you will likely remember a couple of deadline deals Pat Quinn made with the St. Louis Blues. The most cited is the deal for Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican and Nathan Lafayette (sigh) that set the Canucks up for their unlikely run to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
But a few years earlier, Quinn made a much more significant deal when he shipped Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn to the Blues for Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso, Robert Dirk, Cliff Ronning and a 5th round pick. While that turned out to be a great return for the Canucks, at the time there was concern than they had also given away a lot in Butcher and Quinn.
One explanation for the deal, which has stuck with me ever since, was that the real benefit of the trade was that it was addition by subtraction. No matter the player return the Canucks got back, what they really wanted was to get Dan Quinn and his off-ice, playboy lifestyle away from Trevor Linden.
In many ways, addition by subtraction is probably how the Cody Hodgson trade might be described, ironic as that might be, considering the return. Sometimes the best way to make your team better is to jettison some of those off-ice distractions.
So what does this have to do with the current edition of the Canucks? Well, yesterday they engaged in something that I will call subtraction by addition. I mean, what else did you expect at Canucks Army, if not more math?
April 09 2015 12:05PM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller probably won't face down any NHL shooters on Thursday night when the Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes, but he will apparently be dressed and in uniform for the first time since spraining his knee on Feb. 22.
Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom was spotted leaving Rogers Arena on Thursday with his bags packed, apparently headed to rejoin the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. The team has since confirmed that Miller will don his ball cap on Thursday, as he prepares to get into a tune-up game on Sunday against the Edmonton