January 05 2017 09:00AM
With the QMJHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Charlottetown Islanders are beginning to load up to make a run at the President's Cup this year. Yesterday they acquired Canucks 2015 5th round pick Carl Neill in a trade with the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Confirmé. Carl Neill passe aux Islanders. #LHJMQ— François Carignan (@CarignanTQN) January 4, 2017
We had reported on rumours that Neill could've been on the move since October - it was just a matter of finding the right fit.
January 04 2017 10:59PM
After a thrilling World Juniors game, the puck dropped in Vancouver with the Canucks game riding a four-game winning streak, trying to make it five against the Coyotes. They were successful, thanks to a shutout performance from the team, with comfortable goaltending from Ryan Miller. Plus, a kid got a puppy (hopefully). Here's the recap!
January 04 2017 04:00PM
Here's all that you need to know ahead of Canada's semi-final tilt against Sweden tonight.
January 04 2017 03:20PM
The Vancouver Canucks claimed Reid Boucher off of the waiver wire this morning, and there was much rejoicing - after all, Vancouver fans had grown accustomed to the notion that Jim Benning and co. might never make a waiver claim again.
There is still a little bit of discontent among the fanbase however, as Ty Rattie (who we endorsed) slipped by the Canucks to the Carolina Hurricanes. Between that and Matt Nieto being waived by the San Jose Sharks this morning, there are some questions about the process behind making multiple waivers claims in close succession.
Which means it's time to dive back in to our trusty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
January 04 2017 01:00PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports
The Canucks started 2017 the exact way they finished the year prior -- by winning. String those bookends together, and that's four in a row.
While most are revving up the playoff engine, there's a contingency more reserved in their excitement. Given how the Canucks followed up their last four win run, that's fair enough. The Canucks lost nine straight, scoring in only six of those games, and went 10-18-3 leading into this four-game rise. Once bitten, twice shy.
Eight of the nine teams they played immediately following their last streak are playoff competitors, though. At the very least, they've all remained in the chase. The Canucks face playoff teams in four of their twelve games in January; four of those games, they play against teams immediately ahead of them in the West.
If the Canucks want to make good on their stated goal to make the playoffs, it's now or never. Unrealistic as that may have seemed even a week or two ago, it's not an impossibility. In fact, there are a few reasons to believe it might even be plausible. They're three points out, a distance they can cover in two games