February 05 2017 04:38PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin
The Canucks are in for one heck of a final stretch over the next few months. Based on how this team has played on the road, there is the potential for a significant slide in the standings. Next week, they embark on a 6-game, 11-day road trip in which they will be facing the likes of Nashville, Columbus, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The remainder of the season follows the same type of pattern. It won't be easy, but we'll all get a clearer idea of where the Canucks stand within the next few weeks.
This week in the media, we were blessed to have both Trevor Linden and Jim Benning stop by TSN 1040 for a radio appearance. Discussions were lengthy, but it was their talk about the future that stood out.
February 04 2017 11:23PM
Jannik Hansen returning to the Canucks lineup wasn't enough to get them back in the wins column. They dropped their third straight game, convincingly, at the hands of the powerhouse Minnesota Wild.
This trend is a month-plus in the making, though. Even when Vancouver was winning and clawing their way back into the playoff picture, the signs that games like these were on the horizon were readily apparent. When this team doesn't get elite goaltending from Ryan Miller, they're a have-not in a league of haves.
That was apparent tonight. Oh, how very apparent it was. The Wild came in waves, and for each Canuck return volley, Minnesota's increased in frequency and intensity. Markus Granlund tallied a hat-trick for the Wild, and Eric Staal, Mike Reilly and Zach Parise contributed a goal a piece. Brandon Sutter led the way for the Canucks with two goals and Bo Horvat chipped in with an even strength marker.
Miller stopped 33 of 39 Wild shots for Vancouver. Devan Dubnyk held the Canucks to three goals on 27 shots.
February 04 2017 08:29PM
In a pre-game ceremony before puck drop against the Minnesota Wild, Henrik Sedin was honoured by the Canucks organization for reaching 1000 points. In a video tribute, narrated by Henrik himself, he dedicated his success to his teammates, linemates (thanks, Jason King) and especially the fans.
February 04 2017 05:13PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin
A familiar face returns to the Vancouver Canucks lineup tonight, as Jannik Hansen's set to join the club for his first game since a mid-December tilt with the Winnipeg Jets.
Jannik Hansen is excited to get back into the lineup tonight and looks to make an impact with linemates Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund. pic.twitter.com/6G8OVj5VXx— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 4, 2017
Hansen last played with the Canucks during a December 22nd home game, skating for the first two periods of a 1-4 loss. The knee injury that Hansen's nursed this last month-plus was suffered on a questionable Matthieu Perrault hit which spawned something of a melee between the two clubs in its immediate aftermath.
February 04 2017 04:37PM
Photo Credit: Charles LeClair - USA TODAY Sports
For Corrado, who's played but a handful of games in two seasons with the Maple Leafs, I imagine he's a heightened appreciation for this demotion. Corrado's played 41 of a possible 131 games with Toronto, in part because of a rehabilitation plan for injuries suffered as a Canuck (or a Utica Comet, rather) and then due to a lack of trust from Leafs head coach Mike Babcock.
Mike Babcock on Frankie Corrado: "Whether you go in the lineup depends on how you play. Period."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 16, 2016
A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Corrado joined the Leafs bright eyed and bushy tailed.That enthusiasm waned though with each passing game in the press box; an open wound to Corrado's pride made septic by the public's increasing curiosity surrounding his unfortunate and obviously frustrating situation.
Frank Corrado: "If the coach doesn’t like you, then you’re not going to play. And that’s where I’m at right now." https://t.co/XUka7p8XbV— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 15, 2016
With Alexey Marchenko's addition by waiver claim, the Leafs have granted Corrado a wish half a season in the making: a chance to play. Should the Canucks, who drafted Corrado 150th overall, be the ones to heal a wound some might argue they needlessly visited upon the 23-year-old defenceman? Let's dive in.