June 13 2014 05:13PM
So the playoffs are winding down and a Stanley Cup champion could be determined tonight, which is excellent news for teams that did not perform particularly well last season. While not being in the postseason for the first time in six years was kind of a drag, fans of the Vancouver Canucks are going to be the envy of at least 23 other teams at the NHL draft: they hold the No. 6 overall pick, the highest pick they've had since selecting Henrik Sedin 3rd overall in 1999.
June 13 2014 04:46PM
On this Friday afternoon noted socialite and extrovert Jim Benning joined Matt Sekeres and Friend of the Blog Blake Price on their Team1040 program to discuss a whole host of topics; the coaching search, the potential Ryan Kesler trade, and the upcoming entry draft all inevitably came up, and this is of note because they have been (and will continue to be) the three most talked about angles around these parts.
If you want to take the time to listen to the interview for yourself, you can do so right here. Otherwise, you can read on past the jump for a transcript of the entire segment courtesy of our very own Thomas Drance.
June 12 2014 02:52PM
The readers of this blog have spoken, and it's clear that they miss the days of "STROMBABBLE"; in a vote for what we'll file all updated Ryan Kesler trade talk under, Thomas Drance's moniker for what we used the last time a star was rumoured to be on his way out of Vancouver narrowly edged out some other potential candidates. The people want what the people want, and in the interest of fairness and transparency, that's what they'll get.
More on the latest in terms of Kesler trade talk just past the jump.
June 10 2014 03:10PM
It’s summer at the Nation Network. All five sites’ teams missed the playoffs this season -- a new record -- so thanks guys. The annual “the Oilers missed the playoffs so Wanye goes running off into the world to backpack and pout” trip is now over. We are looking straight down the barrel of another Charity draft party and are starting to shill tickets.
The machine can't stop turning just because every single team we cover has failed epically.
June 10 2014 10:38AM
For a lot of Canucks fans, this is their first rodeo going in to the NHL entry draft with a high 1st round pick, and certainly the first time this has happened in the Twitter era. We're all a little excited. Unsure at what to make of this whole mess, but excited. What makes it all the more exciting is that a local kid - Vancouver's own Sam Reinhart - is projected to be one of the top prospects of this year's draft class, and according to Ben Kuzma, Jim Benning may be willing to move the 6th overall pick along with Bo Horvat to Florida for the 1st overall selection and the chance to draft him.
But hey, a rumour is just that: a rumour. This probably isn't going to happen (especially if you believe what Benning said to Mark Spector recently). As professional fans of an awful team, the guys at The Leafs Nation have gone through this "trade up for 1st overall!" hysteria before; nearly every year in fact. Unsurprisingly, nothing really ever comes of this talk, and we all get excited for nothing.
But what if...
What if Jim Benning really is out to make a big splash and land Reinhart? What if Vancouver is willing to part with their two highest draft picks since 1999 to make it happen? What if Florida goes for it? Is Sam Reinhart really that good? Is parting with Horvat and another top-10 draft pick really worth it? Should Vancouver do this deal if it's presented? Read past the jump to find out.