Would Boeser and Gaudette be Better Served by Going to the Comets This Year?

Jeremy Davis
February 23 2017 01:06PM

Just under a year ago, with the regular season winding down, Michigan Wolverines defenceman Zach Werenski had a choice to make. It was clear that he wouldn't be returning to college hockey the following season, and it was just as clear that he would instead be playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The choice was this: should he jump to the NHL for a game or two at the end of the year and burn an year off his entry level contract, or should he go to the American League instead, for a fraction of the money, to a team that was at least going to make the playoffs?

Werenski chose the latter option, and ended up being a dynamic force on a Lake Erie Monsters team that ended up winning the Calder Cup championship.

A similar decision looms for two Canucks prospects that could turn pro at the end of the season. While the Comets aren't nearly as strong as the Monsters were last year, they’ve at least got a better chance of making the playoffs in their respective league than their parent club does - which could mean more games for the duo.

So what are the pros and cons of each option, and which are they better suited to choosing?

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How Teams are Impacted by the NHL Bye Week

Ryan Biech
February 23 2017 01:06PM

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The NHL added a new wrinkle to the schedule this season with the league mandated bye week. Each team gets one, granting the players respite from the rigours of an 82 game season if ever so briefly. The NHLPA secured the vacation time in exchange for agreeing to the three-on-three format in the NHL All-Star Game.

With five teams coming off their bye week this past weekend, the combined record is now 4-12-4. Teams playing in the first game out of their bye week are outscored 39-68 in their first game back.

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Sekeres: "Jannik Hansen Trade Interest in Minnesota and Anaheim"

J.D. Burke
February 23 2017 01:05PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have the quintessential trade deadline add on their roster in Jannik Hansen. He's a cost-certain right winger that can move up and down the lineup and contribute on the penalty kill for a song. And they almost have to trade him. The sharks are circling.

According to this report from TSN 1040 AM's Matt Sekeres, two such teams have emerged in these earliest proceedings. The Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild have some level of 'trade interest' in Hansen. That's not terribly striking given both clubs status among the best in the West. If they're serious about making a Stanley Cup run -- and why wouldn't they be? -- Hansen should be firmly in their crosshairs.

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Canucks ECHL Affiliate will cease operations at year end

Ryan Biech
February 23 2017 10:03AM

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It was announced this morning that the Alaska Aces, the Canucks ECHL affiliate would cease operations at the conclusion of the season:

The decision was made due to mounting financial losses coupled with waning attendance.

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
February 23 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.  

The Metropolitan Division is stacked. At the time this article was written, four of the top five teams in the NHL standings were all from the Metro. The Pittsburgh Penguins look even better than they did when they won it all last year, and the Washington Capitals are gearing up for one final run with this group of players. The Columbus Blue Jackets have come out of nowhere, and the New York Rangers have enjoyed a renaissance. Even the bad teams in the Metro, the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, and Hurricanes aren't pushovers. So, what do you do in order to make yourself work your way out of this division come playoff time? 

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