Friday Roundtable: Happy Happy, Joy Joy

J.D. Burke
April 08 2016 05:00PM

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I don't really care much for the CFL. Not in the slightest. Never really have. I always found great interest in watching Pinball Clemons from afar, though. I swear, Damon Allen could be in the background with a full-body cast and he'd find some way to be positive about it all. Chipper fella.

I'm trying to bring some of that to Canucks Army. For today, anyway. The season is one game away from its completion (thank god) and we're as familiar with this team and its roster as we'll ever be. We've had a chance to watch them grow and develop all season.

So, I'm asking the Canucks Army staff, which of these players has grown on them the most over the course of the season. 

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Babych Please - April 8th, 2016

Grainne Downey
April 08 2016 04:15PM

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The Canucks is mercifully coming to a close, but they are still having a good time away from the rink, contemplating human extinction and making questionable fashion decisions. Plus, hockey playing dogs!

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Why Thatcher Demko is ready to be a professional goaltender

Ryan Lambert
April 08 2016 01:56PM

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On Thursday night, Thatcher Demko and the Boston College Eagles were eliminated from the Frozen Four, meaning that Signing Watch is officially on. Heck, it might be over by the time you read this.

Demko is a goalie I saw live about a dozen times this season, and several more on television. I've also watched him play at least that often in each of his previous two seasons. I can tell you unequivocally that he's one of the best goaltending prospects I've seen come through NCAA hockey in quite a while and the Canucks would be very wise to sign him now. That's only because you don't want to get involved in a whole Jimmy Vesey-type drama, but also because Demko has nothing at all left to prove at the college level.

He's a professional goalie in every way but getting paid at this point, and really ought to be in the AHL.

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Vancouver Canucks Recall Mike Zalewski

J.D. Burke
April 08 2016 12:47PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have brought in a reinforcement for their final game this Saturday against the lowly Edmonton Oilers. 

Zalewski, 23, will be making his second appearance on the Canucks roster this season, last joining the club after a January 20th recall. A recall which was preceded by Zalewski signing an NHL contract just a day prior, on January 19th. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 08 2016 05:00AM

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Was Lou Lamoriello the best GM in the NHL this year, how injuries played a factor in Canucks awful season, the end of Monahan and Gaudreau's first contracts in Calgary, farewell to Rexall Place in Edmonton, what's changed in the world since the Oilers last made the playoffs, Datsyuk possibly heading back to Russia, the race to the bottom is coming down to the wire and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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