Utica Comets call up Curtis Valk

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 11 2016 05:15PM

Photo Credit: Sarah Hobday

Curtis Valk might be the Vancouver Canucks' most popular prospect that isn't actually a Vancouver Canucks Prospect. He's appeared at his share of prospect camps, and, presumably through this Medicine Hat Tiger roots (four games with Willie!), has stayed connected with the team at the ECHL level. Today, he makes the next jump up, heading to the Utica Comets on a loan basis.

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On Roberto Luongo's Vancouver return, insane consistency and Vezina candidacy

Thomas Drance
January 11 2016 04:44PM

Photo Credit: Segei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

It's a shame that Roberto Luongo has never won the Vezina Trophy. In the realm of overdue accolades it’s not quite on the level of ‘Leonardo Dicaprio has never won an Oscar’, but it isn’t too far off.

Voted on by NHL general managers, the Vezina is awarded annually to the goaltender “adjudged to be the best at this position". Luongo is a three-time finalist, but he has never taken home the hardware (he definitely should've won in 2004).

As the 2015-2016 campaign passes the halfway point this week, it’s beginning to look like this could be Luongo’s ‘The Revenant’ season even though Washington’s Braden Holtby is a strong candidate in his own right, probably even the pack favourite.

On Monday night, Luongo will face a Vancouver Canucks club that still pays roughly 15 percent of his salary at Rogers Arena. And he’ll enter Monday’s somewhat-more-meaningful-than-usual regular season contest on an insane roll.

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Canucks Player Power Rankings - Jan. 11th, 2016

Grainne Downey
January 11 2016 03:30PM


You don't even need to read past the jump to know who tops this week's power rankings, but I bet you're curious about #s 2-25! 

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January 11 2016 01:00PM


Florida Panthers, step on up! Looks like you got yourselves a 12 game winning streak right there in front of yeah? Surely you know what happens when streaks come to town? They end. They stop cold... ok, except Patrick Kane's, but lets be real... he was gonna keep going anyways. Alex Burrows was a streak stopper against the Carolina Hurricanes a long time ago and even though the #FancyCats have Roberto "Vezina" Luongo, this one's ova!

We aren't going to win a tonne more this season, but tonight ain't your night kitties. Might wanna clean that litter box cause you're in for a stinker. (On your side obviously, but that was the tough guy rant. We will beat you, okay?)

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Luca Sbisa, Brandon Sutter approaching return to lineup

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 11 2016 12:36PM

The Vancouver Canucks are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel, at least as far as core injuries go. Forward Brandon Sutter and Defenceman Luca Sbisa, who have both been out of the lineup for a considerable length of time, appear to be closing in on returning to the team in the not-too-distant future.

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