February 25 2017 12:38AM
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If the Vancouver Canucks have designs on trading Jannik Hansen, it sounds as though the player aims to be reasonably accommodating throughout.
Speaking with reporters after practice on Friday, Hansen didn't shy from the deadline ruminations. Confronted by a horde of reporters, Hansen talked about the deadline, his expectations and where he's willing to go. Hansen, candid as always, delivered a handful of useful quotes that grant insight into what challenges -- and opportunities -- await the Canucks as the days count down to March.
Luckily for us, TSN 1040 AM was there to record the media availability in its entirety. We're a little bit late to the story, but I've gone to the trouble of jotting down everything worth discussing. Let's dive right in.
February 24 2017 08:01PM
Photo Credit: Bryan W. Peck / Utica Comets
A month and a half ago, with just two points in his first 26 games with the Comets this season, I'd betting that Evan McEneny wasn't thinking too hard about his first NHL call up. Back then he was trying to stay in the Comets lineup. 17 games later, having amassed another 15 points, it might've crossed his mind.
But I'm still guessing he wasn't expecting it to happen like this.
Today, the Canucks announced that at least one and as many as five of their players are battling the mumps, which means the Canucks had to dip into their farm team for reinforcements. Evan McEneny is on his way to the NHL, as is Alex Grenier.
February 24 2017 03:34PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
NOTE: This was written before Jim Benning revealed today that Evan McEneny would be called up to the Vancouver Canucks in response to several players being diagnosed or tested for the mumps. I was going to advocate for McEneny being a late season call up, but now that that's already happened, you can consider this a primer on him instead.
Once a forgotten member of the Canucks prospect pool, Evan McEneny is suddenly putting up numbers in his first full season with the Utica Comets. Struggling to remain in the lineup just a few months ago, McEneny is now an all-situations player for Comets coach Travis Green, and is seemingly resistant to the rotating healthy scratches.
Is this simply a blip of the radar, or do the Canucks still have something in McEneny?
February 24 2017 03:05PM
The Vancouver Canucks have announced that five players have reported symptoms of the mumps.
According to a press release sent out by the Canucks, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Grandlund have reported symptoms of the disease, along with Troy Stetcher who has a confirmed test result.
February 24 2017 03:00PM
With the Canucks off on their bye week, it's time to finally face the inevitable. I have always hated the Wave at sporting events, but in this case I'll make an exception. It's time to wave good-bye to the playoffs for this edition of the Canucks.
They simply aren't good enough.
I know. I know. They're only six points out. There's lots of hockey left to be played. But the fact is they are not any better than they were last year at this point in the season. For all the vaunted changes and being harder to play against, they are barely treading water.
As fans we want to hold out hope. They just need to string a few wins together. Squeak into a wild card spot. Gel as a team of plucky underdogs and go on a run.
Sure, do that. Hope for the best. But prepare for the worst.