Graphic Comments: Free Willie

Graphic Comments
January 07 2016 02:44PM

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The time has come. 

Willie has suffered long enough in captivity. It's time to return him to the open waters of hockey's minor and junior leagues. He's just not meant to perform on demand night in and night out.

It's time to free Willie.

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Hunter Shinkaruk Named to AHL All-Star Game

Jeremy Davis
January 07 2016 01:27PM

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Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets

For the second year in a row, a Canucks prospect will represent the Utica Comets at the AHL All-Star Classic. Last year it was goaltender Jacob Markstrom (who joined AHL veterans Cal O'Reilly and Bobby Sanguinetti). This year it will be 21-year old winger Hunter Shinkaruk, who is currently leading the Comets in both goals and points.

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Should the Vancouver Canucks Claim Brandon Gormley?

J.D. Burke
January 07 2016 12:08PM

For the second time in less than two weeks, a formerly well thought of first round selection has found themselves dangling on the waiver wire. The subject of today's dismissal is Brandon Gormley, formerly of the Arizona Coyotes and playing in his first season with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs acquired Gormley on Setpember 9th, in exchange for Stefan Elliot.

While the Canucks are nearing relative health on their backend, it isn't often that a 23-year old defender with first round credentials is ripe for the picking. It's an option well worth exploring anyways.

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report: January 7th, 2016

Ryan Biech
January 07 2016 09:00AM

Happy New Year!

The World Juniors are now over with host Finland capturing their second gold medal in the last three years. The NHL trading deadline is suddenly on everyones mind with some trades yesterday and hopefully they continue. But for the Canucks specifically, their prospects continue to make noise around the hockey world. The Comets are in the thick of the playoff race in the AHL with the CHL playoffs wide open as well.

So let's wake up from that holiday slumber and take a look at the past week for Canucks prospects.

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Ryan Miller Expected to Return Saturday

Matthew Henderson
January 07 2016 12:15AM

Following the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night, Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar dropped a tidbit on the Canucks faithful via Twitter: 

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