October 03 2016 09:00AM
The latest edition of the World Cup of Hockey has come and gone, and now, with the calendars flipped to October, we can finally begin to focus exclusively on the NHL season (in addition to such things as work, school, and family, of course). The Canucks will now have their full complement of players available for the remainder of the preseason, give or take a Jake Virtanen shoulder injury. But with these two weeks of international hockey competition complete, we can now reflect on the tournament and what it meant - if anything - for future iterations of the event. As with any event of this nature, there were some highs and some lows - but overall the hockey itself was entertaining and, in some cases, even spectacular. That, more than anything, made this World Cup worthwhile. But what else did we learn from it?
October 02 2016 09:22PM
Going into tonight's game, the Canucks were 1-2 in the pre-season. With the Canucks roster being trimmed further today, tonight's line combinations seemed more realistic and probable for the regular season. The newly-formed like of Baertschi-Horvat-Rodin looked excellent tonight, but penalties were the biggest factor in tonight's game.
Having lost to San Jose in overtime last week, the Canucks wanted revenge. However, tonight's game ended in similar fashion as they lost 3-2 in OT, once again.
October 02 2016 12:52PM
The preseason has been a little bit of everything so far for the Canucks. We've seen some defensive gems appear and some disappear. Tonight, the blended Sharks come to town to face the Canucks. Looks like some roster spots are still being decided so a good showing at home might make some decisions easier. Doesn't look like anyone overly important is playing for the Sharks tonight, save Hertl, so if you are looking for the #moralvictory in the preseason, this might be your night.
October 02 2016 12:30PM
It’s another busy day on the waiver wire. We’ve got a little bit of everything today. Famous prospects, unknown late bloomers, gritty mid-career guys trying to make it as fourth liners, and even a few proven NHL’ers trying to sneak a few more games in on their way down the career curve.
October 01 2016 03:56PM
With each passing day, we get closer to the start of the
2016-17 NHL season and hockey games with actual value in the standings. We also
get closer to completed rosters, a fact which means the names on the waiver
wire get more interesting by the day.