November 11 2016 04:29PM
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It's Remembrance Day, sure, but that hasn't stopped NHL executives from trimming fat from the outside of their rosters.
According to Renaud Lavoie, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes placed a player apiece on the waiver wire.
Waivers: JAKUB NAKLADAL— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 11, 2016
As the title alludes, there are two players among the three worthy of consideration. One more so than the other, too. Let's unpack what each brings and why the Canucks would be wise to place a claim on either.
November 11 2016 03:46PM
After a far from ideal start to the season, it's no surprise that the hot seat seems to be getting warmer for Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. Many don't expect him to last the season, and even if he does he won't last the off-season for sure. It seems the heir to the coaching gig will be Utica Comets coach Travis Green who was nearly lost in the off-season to a few teams (notably Anaheim) that brought Green in for an interview. However, the Canucks may not want to pry Green for Utica mid-season to steer this ship. Perhaps they'd want to go with an experienced coach instead of a rookie next season, who knows. Doug Jarvis, recent assistant coach acquisition, is rumoured to be considered for the interim spot, despite the fact he has never been a head coach in the NHL. He's a long-time assistant, though, and he would be fine in the role.
With that in mind, I asked our writers what they would do about the situation. Here's what they said.
November 11 2016 01:29PM
Remember when the Canucks started the season 4-0-1? Vancouver was in high spirits and could not wait to show the media conglomerates how wrong they were about the Canucks.
Having been projected to finish 30th in the league in the pre-season, the team defied expectations and made their way to the upper echelon of NHL teams. Everybody was in good spirits, admiring the do-or-die, comeback attitude of the Canucks. Cautious optimism was an appropriate outlook that fans and the media shared. A first place finish at the end of the season was far-fetched, but the team appeared better than we all thought... until everything crumbled.
The Canucks lost nine straight, they were shut out in four of five games, struggled to score goals, and their power play was simply ineffective. Fairly or otherwise, Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins suffered
November 11 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks had a brief (1 game) winning streak this week, but at least these days they are scoring goals! Off the ice, they are talking fashion, dogs, and Twitter. Ever relatable, those Canucks.
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November 11 2016 05:00AM
Breaking down the brawl in the Canucks Leafs game, how did Kadri escape suspension, Canucks need to score, Trouba finally signs, Flames prospect updates, Oilers are legit, Gretzky talks McDavid, early 2017 draft rankings, interview with former Canadiens stats guy, lots of fights and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.