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June 10 2016 05:00AM
Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 09 2016 01:00PM
Hey friends, we're back again with another Canucks Army podcast, and we've made some minor equipment upgrades that we hope will quell the anger stirred up by our buzzing noises last week. While the Canucks didn't do anything news worthy in the past week, we did still find some things to talk about - the draft is approaching after all, and Craig Button has been all over Logan Brown going to the Canucks at 5th overall.
There's plenty of other fun in our 50-ish minutes of hockey related banter, including an overview of a little scuffle in the analytics community earlier this week, as well as the new Florida Panthers logo, just because.
In other big news, the podcast is now downloadable both on Soundcloud and on iTunes. Rejoice!
June 09 2016 11:00AM
If the Vancouver Canucks are looking to add speed to their lineup, they needn't look any further than Mikkel Boedker. The Danish winger is heading to unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career and could be theirs for the taking.
There have been no talks between Avs and potential UFA Mikkel Boedker since season ended. Unclear if there will be— Adrian Dater (@adater) May 6, 2016
Boedker has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being selected eighth overall - as he was in the 2008 draft by the Phoenix Coyotes - but he's an intriguing option to provide secondary offence from a team's middle-six. The Colorado Avalanche, who acquired Boedker at the February 29th trade deadline, got just that, as he contributed 12 points (11 at even strength) in just 18 games in the Mile High City.
The problem with Boedker isn't so much whether he's value added to the middle of your lineup, but whether that's reflected in his contract demands. Reports abound in advance of the deadline that Boedker turned down an extension from the Coyotes valued at $5-million-plus annually. Boedker's camp is now looking at securing $5.5-million at the very least, on a new long-term deal on the open market.
Should the Canucks throw their name into the hat for his services?
June 09 2016 09:48AM
Kieffer Bellows is an intriguing prospect out of the US National Development Team Program. Despite standing just 6 feet tall, he has one of the most physical, true power-forward games of this draft class. He plays aggressively, takes penalties, and takes the puck to the net.
He also scores goals: 50 in just 62 games for the USNTDP this season. The scouting community is mixed on Bellows' skating, but he'll have time to develop, and has committed to Boston University for next season.
June 08 2016 03:00PM
Loui Eriksson is beginning to pick up steam as a high-profile free agent in this market. The scoring Swede has a few things going for him - he's coming off a strong season and is clearly still a top six scoring winger, something that the Canucks are in the market for, and he's got history with the Sedin twins, having played with them in international tournaments. Additionally, Jim Benning was an assistant general manager in Boston when the Bruins acquired Eriksson back in 2013.
All of this points to the likelihood that the Canucks will be interested, and that's likely a good thing. Eriksson brings a lot to the table and could provide some extra scoring punch to a team that is desperate for it, while also being a reliable defensive winger.