Canucks Army GDT #53 - Canucks @ Blackhawks

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February 11 2015 02:30PM


The Vancouver Canucks visit the once reviled Chicago Blackhawks to finish up their short two-game road swing. The Hawks are just 5-4-1 in their past 10 games, but they still have the NHL's best goal differential and are atop the puck possession standings once again. On the other hand, Vancouver will play without their second and third line centres, as well as two key penalty killers.

It will be a tough task to get a win tonight and continue to hold off the Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference playoff race. Read past the jump for a preview.

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What Would You Do Wednesday: How should the Canucks Approach the Deadline?

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 12:47PM

Have you heard? Evander Kane is off the market, and the Canucks didn't land him.

The embattled 23-year-old power forward, who is recovering from shoulder surgery and won't return to the ice until the offseason, wouldn't have helped the Canucks this year anyway. Now that he's out of the picture though, our attention turns to some of the remaining forwards on the market. 

What would you do if you were trader Jim Benning and were in the market for forward help as the March 2nd NHL trade deadline approaches? 

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Canucks priced way out of Evander Kane sweeps as Sabres, Jets agree to blockbuster deal

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 09:33AM

Forget being unwilling to include Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat, the Vancouver Canucks were probably never even in the same ballpark as the Buffalo Sabres in their pursuit of embattled Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane.

A Kane trade between the Sabres and Jets has been consummated and, according to Darren Dreger, will involve Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux, and a 1st-round pick in exchange for Zach Bogosian and Kane. 

That's such a blockbuster that the prospective trade recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...

Read on past the jump.

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The Sedin twins' peculiarity should be celebrated, not ridiculed

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 08:40AM

A miracle of biology, masters of geometry, and chemistry incarnate - Daniel and Henrik Sedin are different. 

They're unlike anything you, or me, or Jamie Benn, or Tyler Seguin, or Dave Bolland, or Mike Milbury have ever seen. Identical twins and elite athletes, they've been side by side their entire lives. From wombmates to roommates to linemates in the SuperElite, in the SHL, and in the NHL, they've been inseparable for their entire lives. 

Even their statistical output is identical. Henrik has appeared in 1,062 games in his NHL career. He's averaged .83 points per contest. Daniel? He's appeared in 1,031NHL games, averaging .82 points per contest. That's awesome, in the formal sense.

The twins are different, which is partly why they've so often and unfairly been the target of ridicule. 

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Report: Canucks debating whether to make Jets an offer for Evander Kane before trade deadline

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 06:44PM

We know that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Evander Kane because general manager Jim Benning admitted as much this week. 

It's not quite that simple though, and the club is reportedly debating whether or not they can afford to wait until after the March 2nd NHL trade deadline to make the Winnipeg Jets a credible offer for the 23-year-old power forward, according to ESPN and TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

"In a perfect world they'd rather go after (Kane) in the offseason because they're going for the playoffs," LeBrun said during an Insider Trading segment broadcast on TSN Tuesday evening. "They don't want to give up a roster player as part of a package for Evander Kane, but they know if they wait, maybe the ship goes by on Evander Kane and they miss out on their chance.

"That's a debate right now for the Canucks - 'do we have to act before March 2nd?'"

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