July 24 2016 09:00AM
Looking back at the Canucks' disappointing season, the play of Chris Tanev was most definitely one of the bright spots. There are very few holes in the underrated defensive defenceman's game. During his draft-elligible seasons, the knock on Tanev was his size. Nonetheless, the Canucks took a chance and signed him as a college free-agent six years ago. Playing his way from the bottom pairing to the top, Tanev has become a staple on the Canucks' blueline, and arguably the player who could fetch the most in return.
July 23 2016 09:00AM
It's the weekend which means it's time to catch up on all of the fun this hockey team got up to this week. Some youths tweeted about Pokemon Go, everyone's favourite boy got married, and Adele makes an appearance!
July 22 2016 02:04PM
It's been a hot topic in the Canucks world for past few days, of what the Canucks should do with Chris Tanev. He's a stud defenceman, and that can get you a lot on the market. However, it's also the type of player the Canucks have been looking for, for years. With that in mind, this week's roundtable focuses on this topic after the jump.
July 22 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks don't have any intention of engaging in a long-term rebuild. They're going to complete the playoffs, right to the bitter end, year in and year out. It's just that simple.
So Canucks general manager Jim Benning's aversion to dealing Jannik Hansen is a none too surprising revelation. Speaking to The Province's Ben Kuzma, Benning made as much perfectly clear, revealing that the club is "not moving Jannik". In the context of the Canucks stated goal, his follow up to that comment goes a long way towards explaining why.
“I thought he was excellent for us last year and with the way the game is going with speed and skill, he fits that description perfectly. And we have him under a good (cap) number the next couple of years, so we’re not looking to do anything.”
Benning is, in a vacuum, entirely correct. Hansen is fast, a proven scorer and on the cheap for this season and next. He's also on the other side of a career year, in which the Danish speedster lit the lamp a career high 22 times. Which is exactly why the Canucks should, if possible, find a way to trade Hansen.
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July 22 2016 05:00AM
Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.