Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 26 2016 11:55AM
Brandon Sutter will be returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup tonight for the first time since November 10th. While the 26-year-old centre has his detractors, the overwhelming majority of the fanbase is excited for his return. After all the Canucks were 7-4-5 with him in the lineup and have been 13-14-6 since. That's a difference in point pace of eighteen over the span of 82 games; or, to put it another way, the difference between the upper end of the basement and making the playoffs.
At the same time, though, it's possible that he's not the missing piece that will make this team successful. Let me take you on a journey laced with East Coast Bias if you'll allow me.
Nation World HQ
January 26 2016 11:42AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
January 26 2016 09:00AM
(Graphic created by the indispensable, Matt Henderson. Follow him @MHenderson95)
Although early reports indicated that the Canucks weren't actively involved in the Jonathan Drouin sweepstakes, it is becoming increasingly clear that they - at the very least - kicked the tires on the disgruntled forward.
In response to the Canucks query, it is rumoured that the Tampa Bay Lightning keyed in on Bo Horvat and were summarily dismissed. A sentiment echoed less than a week ago in Jason Botchford's post-game article, wherein the industry insiders he talked to agreed with this decision - unanimously no less.
I'm not surprised that people aren't warm to the idea, but I didn't expect a unanimous no. If you read yesterday's Monday Morning Musing, you'd already know I'm of a different mind, though.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 25 2016 04:55PM
This week, we're doing the mailbag a little bit differently. We recieved hundreds of questions in our AMA on /r/Canucks yesterday, and since many people who read this site aren't in that community, I figured that it would make sense to take this opportunity to give a taste of what the staff discussed with the people of Reddit! Here were a few of our most popular questions and answers:
January 25 2016 02:20PM
This week is strange. The X-Files is back on television, and the Vancouver Canucks are wearing the black, red and yellow again. Today, after being talked about for months, we got our first look at the Canucks uniforms for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13th. And what better player to don the uniform for the photo shoots, than someone who wasn't even alive in 1995. (I just made the cut).