November 09 2016 01:17PM
In the third episode of this season's Canucks Army Podcast, J.D. Burke and myself try to make sense of the Jake Virtanen situation. It's difficult to find a silver lining when it comes to Virtanen but we have to remember he's still a young player who needs guidance and time to find his footing as an NHL player, and we agree Utica is the best landing spot (recording was made before the news of Virtanen's demotion was announced today).
November 09 2016 09:00AM
It's been a rough couple of weeks in Vancouver. The Canucks just won their first game in ten tries. The weather is miserable. Now the world's ending, and they just so happen to be a part of that world.
Focusing back in on the Canucks, though, these last few weeks have been especially cruel to Willie Desjardins. The embattled Canucks bench boss has tried just about everything -- a few things more sensible than others -- to little or no effect, as Vancouver's miserable 5-8-1 record can attest.
Desjardins has come under serious scrutiny, and his job status has never seemed so perilous in all his time with the Canucks as it does now. At times it feels like the only question is who's next, and in what capacity. So, I'm bringing the question to What Would You Do Wednesday. If Desjardins is relieved of his duties, who should run the Canucks bench and in what capacity?
November 08 2016 09:37PM
It was a tale of two offenses that were the exact opposite for each of their first 13 games. The New York Rangers came into tonight's game leading the league in goals for while the struggling Canucks offense was tied with the Colorado Avalanche for least goals for.
That all changed in a New York minute.
November 08 2016 01:00PM
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The Canucks look to end their losing ways short of the double-digit mark. The last time they reached that painful milestone was in the Tom Renney era. I'd practically forgotten that was a thing.
Losers of the nine straight, the Canucks take their injured, downtrodden squad to Madison Square Gardens for a tilt with the New York Rangers. The Rangers, meanwhile, are taking the league by storm with their human wave offensive attack.
It's always a fun game at MSG and the Canucks have played some beauties in this building. Hopefully, there's another one in store.
November 08 2016 11:54AM
Earlier this week, I brought back the 'Benning Eye for the Stats Guy' series, where I profiled some of the players who made an impact at games that Canucks GM Jim Benning was personally scouting.
Benning is but one man, though, so there are plenty of games he won't be able to attend in person. Many of which will see their name called in Chicago at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Some by the Canucks, even.
With the Vancouver Giants moving to the Langley Events Centre this summer, I've been able to catch more than my fair share of games this season. Using the privilege afforded by my credentials, I figured I would put that to good use, in a new article series called 'Scouting the WHL'.