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April 01 2016 05:00AM
Leafs are the right fit for Jimmy Vesey, the Canucks are bad and there is more than one way to tank, Wings honor Mr. Hockey, who will the Flames be moving this summer, Yakupov requests trade, his agent speaks, how good is Auston Mathews, the trade deadline a month later, daily fantasy and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 01 2016 01:00AM
With the Vancouver Canucks tail-spinning towards the bottom of the NHL's standings (last night notwithstanding) Canucks Army has learned from a well-placed source that the organization has, after months of decisions to the contrary, decided to send forwards Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams to join them for the playoffs.
April 01 2016 12:15AM
You can't win them all, or so the saying goes. Right now winning is losing though and I'll be damned if the Canucks haven't had their fair share of victories of late. Nine of them to be exact.
Visiting the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks for the fifth and final game in their season series, Vancouver cut their
winning losing streak short before hitting the historic ten-game mark. They came out the gate flying, forcing a Paul Martin turnover in the neutral zone and converting on the ensuing rush by way of a Daniel Sedin goal on a Martin Jones rebound.
Bo Horvat caught the Sharks flatfooted not long after, driving his way to the net and firing the elusive second Canucks goal past an outstretched Jones. It's a good thing Horvat scored that goal, because it was his man who put the Sharks within one halfway through the first. Patrick Marleau, playing the role of floater in the Sharks power play formation, was lost in coverage and finished a passing play in the high-slot to cut the lead in half.
Logan Couture, almost predictably, knotted the game at two halfway through the third - invoking nightmares from the first quarter of this season and fulfilling the fantasies we've developed to finish it. Jannik Hansen used his deceptively accurate and hard slap shot to put the Canucks back on top and pot his 20th goal on the season. Markus Granlund put the final nail in the coffin, scoring an empty-net goal to close out the night.
March 31 2016 05:00PM
In the wake of Jimmy Vesey's unsurprising decision (unsurprising to everyone except the Nashville Predators, apparently) this week to spurn the team that drafted him and test unrestricted free agency, the status of NCAA-bound draft picks has been on the tip of the tongue.
This is true industry-wide, but it's been particularly true in the Vancouver market. There was some thought that the Canucks would've pursued Mark Jankowski if the Flames had been unable to get that deal done and the club's top two prospects - Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko - are currently playing in the NCAA.
If you look at Jim Benning's draft record with Boston and Buffalo and Vancouver, there's no clear trend in terms of his fishing holes. A career scout, Benning doesn't seem to have a favoured league or nationality of player or what have you.
He's also drafted two Russian players, something the previous Canucks regime never did, and three college-bound players in his first two drafts. Clearly Benning doesn't appear to be worried about the increased signing risk posed by NCAA-bound or Russian-born players. And he shouldn't be.
March 31 2016 03:00PM
Boston College and North Dakota are in the Frozen Four!
The CHL playoffs are in full swing, with the majority of the first round coming to a close this upcoming weekend!
The Canucks are in a top three draft spot!
You could outside enjoying the lovely weather or reading this week's Blackfish - so let's get at it!