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January 06 2017 05:00AM

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Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Sedins Can't Carry a Line Anymore

J.D. Burke
January 05 2017 05:00PM

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The Sedin twins aren't what they used to be, but who is at 36-years-old? Father time catches up with the best of us, and whether their games depended on youthful hallmarks like speed or physicality or not, they're suffering it the same as anyone.

It's not that they're necessarily bad players. Far from it, even. Whether they have enough to carry a first line without help on a nightly basis is another question entirely. As the season continues and the pair drag onwards towards their lowest point rate over a full season since their fifth season, it becomes increasingly clear that answer is a resounding no.

In fairness to the Sedins, though, it's not a question they likely anticipated responding to this season. The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to a lucrative six-year contract with a spot alongside the Sedins in mind. Barring that, they had Jannik Hansen to fall back on.

Whether by circumstance or choice, the Sedins have played sparing with either since October. The best-laid plans, and so on. Let's dig into exactly what kind of impact the alternatives are having on their ability to push play as the Canucks premier line.

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - January 5th, 2017

Ryan Biech
January 05 2017 03:00PM

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It's a new year, which means that the 'unofficial' second half to the season kicks off!

The CHL leagues trading deadlines are fast approaching, with one Canucks prospect already on the move. The World Juniors conclude tonight with Canada or US walking away with the gold medal.

Now is the time for prospects to make hay!

Find out what is happening in the Canucks prospect world in this week's Blackfish.

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Jordan Subban Named to AHL All-Star Classic Roster

Jeremy Davis
January 05 2017 02:52PM

The rosters for the American League All-Star Classic are out today, and the Comets have one player headed to Lehigh Valley to participate. Yes, every team needs to be included, just like in the NHL, but the Comets' contribution to the All-Star game is well deserving of the honour: Jordan Subban, second on the Comets in points, as a second-year defenceman no less.

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CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 02:00PM

Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 World Juniors. Here's what's going down tonight.

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