July 23 2015 12:29PM
With little hockey related news left this summer, the Czech Republic were quick to steal the spotlight, announcing their list of invitees for their U20 junior development camp. The event is slated to be held in Calgary, between August 1-6 and should figure to have a large impact on the formation of their roster for the World Junior Championships this winter. It will include a series of practices and exhibition matches and feature the Canadian and Russian juniors as well.
These camps usually come with their fair share of surprises, and one such occasion this year will be the absence of Lukas Jasek, who was left off the list of invitees to the Czech camp.
It's a peculiar move to be sure, especially given Jasek's history within the Czech system. Lets try and figure out what it all means on the other side of the jump.
July 23 2015 11:00AM
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Nearly a month ago we previewed what to expect during the AHL Calder Cup final between the Utica Comets and the Manchester Monarchs. This was the 3rd time in Canucks franchise history that their AHL farm team went to the AHL finals and much like the parent club, it has yet to win.
Before the finals, the Comets had been a good possession team, backed by good goaltending with below average offence. In our preview, we noted that the Manchester Monarchs were the one team the Comets wished to avoid given that they have been more dominant in nearly all measurable facets of the game.
Since that preview and the series, CanucksArmy has been over-taken by events surrounding the draft, trades, and free agency. It’s too bad that the AHL final was inexplicably cancelled at the last minute for no reason, so here’s our deep dive of what likely would have happened.
July 22 2015 12:58PM
We're nearly a month into free agency and there are plenty of great names still on the board. It's been an unusually quiet summer where unrestricted free agents are concerned and much of this inaction can be blamed on the stagnating cap and teams ingratiating themselves to analytic based decisions on a larger scale. Stupid contracts are fewer and farther between then ever, leaving teams with few dollars to spend and players left in the wind.
While the Canucks have been relatively busy since seasons end, there really aren't any more or less openings than when it began. Out with Kevin Bieksa, Shawn Matthias, Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian, in with Brandon Prust and Matt Bartkowski. If anything, one could argue the Canucks have more openings - of course, Sven Baertschi is set to take one of those spots, though.
With north of $4-million in cap space and just Baertschi to re-sign, the Canucks might have a couple extra dollars to spend. Lets examine a couple of great second-wave targets on the other side of the jump.
July 21 2015 11:00AM
The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'.
The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the much maligned, Luca Sbisa.
Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.
July 20 2015 10:44AM
In his 5 Things column, our old pal Ryan Lambert aims the metaphorical t-shirt gun that is his trademark ire squarely at Canucks management.