McKenzie: Canucks won't part with futures to upgrade patchwork defense corps

Thomas Drance
February 17 2015 03:50PM

Has trader Jim gone conservative on us?

Rookie Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning made splash after splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, remaking his new club in his own image with astonishing, trigger happy aggression. His initial flurry of action behind him it would appear that Benning is settling in to play the long game, and is unwilling to part with any significant futures in an attempt to chase a short-term upgrade before the March 2 NHL trade deadline.

This posture became apparent when Benning refused to include young roster players like Bo Horvat and prospects like Jake Virtanen and Jarred McCann in half-hearted trade talks with the Winnipeg Jets concerning Evander Kane. We should perhaps expect Benning's newfound conservatism to continue over the next couple of week.

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Why Langley Needs Vancouver's AHL Team

Matthew Henderson
February 17 2015 01:00PM

With the AHL expanding into the California sun next year, and every team in the Pacific – save Vancouver – moving their affiliates westward, the Canucks are going to eventually follow suit. Utica just doesn’t make sense anymore with all of Vancouver's closest NHL competitors with an obvious geographic advantage, so there is one place that the Canucks should move their AHL affiliate to: Langley, British Columbia and the recently constructed Langley Events Centre. 

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 6: Methot Money

That's Offside!
February 17 2015 11:00AM


In this episode of the Hockey Graphs podcast, Rhys and Garret discuss Chris Tanev's contract situation, Olli Jokinen's journeyman career, look at the top trade targets available, and discuss the Jets and Canucks strategies to approaching the trade deadline. Join us after the jump to listen!

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: #2 Jake Virtanen

Josh W
February 17 2015 09:00AM

Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings.  Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.

So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and have a say on these players.  Since our summer rankings, we've simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to play in the NHL this year.  This means that players like Linden Vey and Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in this series.

Without any further ado, here is the 2nd highest rated Canucks Prospect

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NHL 94 Recap: Canucks defeat Wild 3-2

Matthew Henderson
February 17 2015 12:30AM


Click past the jump for our NHL94 inspired infographic look at Monday night's epic Canucks victory over the Wild.

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