January 04 2017 04:00PM
Here's all that you need to know ahead of Canada's semi-final tilt against Sweden tonight.
January 04 2017 03:20PM
The Vancouver Canucks claimed Reid Boucher off of the waiver wire this morning, and there was much rejoicing - after all, Vancouver fans had grown accustomed to the notion that Jim Benning and co. might never make a waiver claim again.
There is still a little bit of discontent among the fanbase however, as Ty Rattie (who we endorsed) slipped by the Canucks to the Carolina Hurricanes. Between that and Matt Nieto being waived by the San Jose Sharks this morning, there are some questions about the process behind making multiple waivers claims in close succession.
Which means it's time to dive back in to our trusty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
January 04 2017 01:00PM
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The Canucks started 2017 the exact way they finished the year prior -- by winning. String those bookends together, and that's four in a row.
While most are revving up the playoff engine, there's a contingency more reserved in their excitement. Given how the Canucks followed up their last four win run, that's fair enough. The Canucks lost nine straight, scoring in only six of those games, and went 10-18-3 leading into this four-game rise. Once bitten, twice shy.
Eight of the nine teams they played immediately following their last streak are playoff competitors, though. At the very least, they've all remained in the chase. The Canucks face playoff teams in four of their twelve games in January; four of those games, they play against teams immediately ahead of them in the West.
If the Canucks want to make good on their stated goal to make the playoffs, it's now or never. Unrealistic as that may have seemed even a week or two ago, it's not an impossibility. In fact, there are a few reasons to believe it might even be plausible. They're three points out, a distance they can cover in two games
January 04 2017 01:00PM
In last week's preamble, JD spoke about how the Canucks' elimination from playoff contention was only a matter of time. Well, wouldn't you know it, now they've won four in a row! That's not all that happened this week, though. Anton Rodin also appeared in his second game of the season, after being a healthy scratch in three straight games.
The team looked uninspired in Rodin's first appearance, but played well enough to win against Colorado. Rodin even finished the night with one point, an assist. He also didn't play in the final half of the third period.
So, with Rodin healthy, where would you like to see him play? Would you break up the red-hot Baertschi-Horvat-Burrows line? Does he play with the twins? Or do you leave him out of the lineup in favour of someone else?
January 04 2017 10:24AM
It was announced this morning that the Vancouver Canucks had claimed forward Reid Boucher on waivers from the New Jersey Devils.
VAN claims Boucher— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 4, 2017
Boucher had been previously waived by New Jersey in early December, and was claimed by the Nashville Predators. Nashville then placed him on waivers on January 2nd, hoping to send him to the AHL, but New Jersey claimed him back and then placed him on waivers the next day.