Canucks Reassign Chris Higgins to Utica

Jeremy Davis
January 13 2016 04:02PM

The Canucks announced today via another press release that they have reassigned forward Chris Higgins to the Utica Comets. This isn't at all unexpected, given that he was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared this morning, not to mention the circus that went along with announcing that he was on the trade block a few days ago.

Nevertheless, this has a very strange feeling to it. Higgins isn't a journeyman call up that was eventually bound for the AHL. He's a long time NHL player, one that recently played his 700th NHL game, and was a huge part of the Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Final run.

There's no denying that his production has tailed off disastrously this season, and that, coupled with his cap hit and general lack of interest from other teams, is why he finds himself in this situation.

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January 13 2016 03:00PM

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When we first launched back in 2007 we intended on watching the Oilers return to the Cup Finals for the 2nd time in 3 years and become a perennial powerhouse of hockey. A model of consistency. A team studied by Coaches for a generation to come for “how to build a winning franchise.” 

So when it became clear THAT wasn’t happening we started launching other team sites in 2009 starting with When that didn’t collapse or have a denial of service attack we started putting more and more sites out there creating 5 sites, partnering on 1 and buying 3 sites outright bringing the total to 9.

And today marks the 10th site in the Nation Network launching –

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Cody Hodgson Hits Waivers: The Pros and Cons for Vancouver

Cat Silverman
January 13 2016 12:02PM

When the Vancouver Canucks swapped former first round pick Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian back in February of 2012, it was a second-chance kind of move for both players. Hodgson had put up 16 goals and 33 points through 63 games pre-trade for Vancouver during the 2011-2012 season, so 

Of course, neither Hodgson nor Kassian stuck with their 'second-chance' homes - and now Hodgson is available yet again. 

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WWYDW: Trading Spaces

J.D. Burke
January 13 2016 09:00AM

If you haven't caught wind of the medical updates of late, I can hardly blame you. There's a lot going on right now, what with the trades and non-trades alike. Not to mention all the extra-curricular business.

The meat on the latest injury report bone indicates that the Canucks will be joined by Luca Sbisa and Brandon Sutter on their upcoming six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference. Sutter has been absent from the Canucks lineup since November after having sports hernia surgery, while Sbisa is nursing a hand injury, sustained while blocking a shot.

Vancouver just sent Chris Higgins through waivers so they could clear the limit of active skaters on their roster, so things are kind of tight. This begs the question: who's out to make room for the returning Canucks? If you're feeling daring, who's in might be a question worth asking too.

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An In-Depth Review of the Canucks-Panthers Bench Clearing Conclusion

Grainne Downey
January 12 2016 01:00PM

On Monday night, the Canucks ended the Panthers' 12-game winning streak in dramatic fashion. Jake Virtanen scored with minutes left to send the game to OT. In the extra frame, Daniel scored a goal that tied him with Markus Naslund for the all-time franchise goalscoring lead. All of this came against the hottest team in the league and a guy named Roberto Luongo who looked impenetrable to start this game. But no one cares about any of that because of the chaos ensued immediately following Daniel's winner. The exact words that sparked this melee are still unclear, but Jason Botchford implied in The Provies that they were in the vein of the tired, sexist "Sedin Sisters" remarks. What happened after these comments were made was all kinds of amazing and worthy of some in-depth analysis.

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