September 30 2016 03:00PM
The Canucks are now two pre-season games deep, with another coming tonight, and they've also made a number of cuts to their current roster. Some have been sent to Utica, while others to their junior franchises and some interesting names have emerged from the group. Players like Jordan Subban and Michael Carcone draw some initial eyebrow raises, but it's the nature of the business this time of the year. With that in mind, I asked our writers this week who they wish the Canucks had kept around a little longer.
September 30 2016 01:00PM
Can the Canucks carry their high-flying offence with them against the Flames tonight? Can Troy Stetcher continue to be lights out awesome? Probably not, but don't let that get in the way of the hype train. The Richmond, B.C. native put on an electric performance, after all.
Then there's Thatcher Demko's debut in a Canucks uniform. Oh, let's not forget Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson.
So, tonight Calgary welcomes Vancouver, and we'll watch with intent, because there isn't any filler hockey tournament taking away valuable TV time anymore.
September 30 2016 08:00AM
The preseason has begun, meaningless hockey is being played, and it is a blast! This week, some young hopefuls made their Canucks debuts, Ben Hutton danced (again), and some veterans celebrated a birthday.
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September 30 2016 05:00AM
Jacob Trouba no shows at Jets camp, Babcock for coach of the year, a look back at Canucks draft picks and the season ahead, will Edmonton send Puljujarvi to the AHL, the Gaudreau dilemma in Calgary continues, every team kicks tires on Trouba, fantasy hockey, cherish your father and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 29 2016 11:56PM
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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.
There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.