April 22 2016 09:00AM
Though controversial, the Vancouver Canucks acquisition of Brandon Prust was done with the best of intentions.
Prust was expected to bring with him a set of fists and grinder know-how to the Canucks bottom-six while all the while rubbing shoulders with the team's future. In essence, the Canucks were doubling down on Derek Dorsett. And were luck on their side, they might have landed a comparable piece.
Every sign pointed to Prust being the high-end bottom-six player he came as advertised. Better even, as Prust displayed high-end playmaking en route to five assists in his first nine games. The pugilist would suffer an ankle injury to bookend that streak, October 27th, ending the short burst of playmaking prowess and any real chance of getting anything of value out of their July 1st investment.
April 22 2016 07:00AM
My friends, today I am here to bestow the honour of greatness upon a group of fantasy hockey heroes. This group of fantasy warriors put their money where their mouthes are and stepped up by entering a top-20 calibre fantasy team. Today, we announce the winners of the mid-season NationDrafts pool!
Nation World HQ
April 22 2016 05:00AM
Kyle Dubas staying with the Leafs, 5 losses that shaped the Canucks season, City says no to CalgaryNEXT, should McDavid be Captain in Edmonton, does hitting mean you don't have the puck, how likely can a team come back from 3-1, Top 10 All-time fighters, Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrick Laine and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 21 2016 01:00PM
Just a week ago, J.D. Burke asked what the Canucks should do with their surplus cap space and it reminded me of remarks Jim Benning made at a Town Hall in March. No specific quote, but rather the focus he placed on the Canucks ability to play vulture as cap crunched teams look to unload salary.
That's an avenue of roster development I've hoped the Canucks would take as it meets their long and short-term goal much better than signing players closer to thirty in free agency. Players in free agency could be here four, five or even six years, but that sets their prime miles ahead of where the Canucks next wave will meet theirs. Adding players in their early-to-mid-twenties, on the other hand, would supplement that core.
The New York Islanders worked this angle to perfection, landing Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk in advance of the 2014 season. They landed great value on the two by waiting out the teams that held them and now they're huge parts of their core.
That got me thinking... who are the teams that the Canucks have identified as possible targets? Some are obvious, others less so. All these figures are drawn from www.CapFriendly.com and based on a flat salary cap. Of course, the cap could be as high as $75-million, but it's clear that some teams will be hamstrung regardless.
April 21 2016 11:00AM
The NHL playoffs have been fantastic!
But we are here to talk about Canucks prospects - The Utica Comets begin the AHL playoffs this weekend, the Wings are in tough against the Stingrays. While in the CHL, Kyle Pettit is the only remaining Canucks prospect still active as the Erie Otters and London Knights meet in what should be a fantastic battle.