It's going to be hard to remove Yannick Weber from the Canucks lineup

Thomas Drance
November 01 2015 02:51PM

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Since returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup four games ago, and staying out of the press box all week partly as a result of Dan Hamhuis' lower-body injury, depth defender Yannick Weber has been crushing it. 

The 27-year-old blueliner has been dynamic at 5-on-5 and particularly effective on a pairing with Ben Hutton. He's opened things up on the power play and, lo and behold, the first unit is suddenly humming with Weber manning the right point. 

Throughout his NHL career, Weber has managed more auspicious on-ice results than the meagre opportunities generally afforded him. And once again he's taking full advantage of a defensive injury, and establishing himself as a useful blueliner. Once Hamhuis is back to full health, you have to think it'll be extremely hard to remove Weber from the lineup.

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Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann are Full-Time Vancouver Canucks; Will stick with the team this year

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 01 2015 11:28AM

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After months of debates, second looks, murders and snipes, the Vancouver Canucks have made their decisions on Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann; they'll both be sticking with the team for the long haul. 

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Report: Canucks among several NHL teams scouting pending KHL free agent Nikita Zaitsev

Thomas Drance
October 31 2015 07:32PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will be scouting pending KHL free agent Nikita Zaitsev, a physical 24-year-old right-handed shooting defenseman, at a tournament this upcoming week. 

They're not going to be the only NHL team with interest though. Not by a long shot.

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Saturday Mailbag: Whoops

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 31 2015 07:12PM


So, this was supposed to go up yesterday. But we had lots of other things planned for you yesterday, like a roundtable full of Jeffs and a Canucks Victory! Now it's Saturday, so while the rest of the staff brainstorms good ideas, I'll give you answers that you probably won't like? Deal? Deal.

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Sven Baertschi's Entitlement is his Downfall, #MyColumn

Sillig Ekim
October 31 2015 03:49PM

Homeless Baertschi

Not all is sunshine and roses where the Canucks youngest players are concerned. Like a litter of dogs, the alphas have pressed themselves upon mothers milk and left the runts behind to starve.

As one might expect, the lactate praise and ice-time that secretes has proven insufficient for the pack.

While Jared McCann leads the team in goals, Ben Hutton in assists among defencemen and Jake Virtanen murders, Sven Baertschi has left a decidedly faint impression in his nine games this season.

I'd like to think that I have a firm enough grasp as to why Baertschi has struggled to this point in the Canucks season. One we'll touch on, on the other side of the jump. 

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