Canucks Army Podcast - Episode 8 - 2016-2017

Satiar Shah
December 21 2016 03:04PM

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Hockey prospect guru Cory Pronman from ESPN Insider joins us for the 8th episode of this season's Canucks Army Podcast. Pronman dissects the Canucks prospects system and tell us which players we should keep a close eye on at the top of the 2017 NHL entry draft.

But in the first half of the podcast J.D. Burke and myself discuss Tuesday night's game against the Jets, the return of Torts and the Jerk shares a story about an encounter with a certain NHL player on a team the Canucks will play in the near future.

Have a listen:

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Thoughts on Friedman's Thoughts: Willie Desjardins, Vladimir Tkachev and Trades

J.D. Burke
December 21 2016 02:27PM

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When it comes to NHL insiders, Elliotte Friedman is second to none. When he talks, you listen. When he puts something in print, it's appointment reading.

So when Friedman publishes his weekly '30 Thoughts' column for Sportsnet, I think we owe it to bring any items pertinent to the Vancouver Canucks to your attention. Starting this week, that's something we'll be integrating into our weekly schedule.

With that, let's dive into this, the December 21st edition.

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Henrik Sedin to join elite company when he plays 1200th NHL game on Thursday

Jeff Paterson
December 21 2016 12:03PM

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A testament to his health and productivity, Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will reach a significant milestone on Thursday night when he steps onto the ice against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena.

Sedin will become the 107th player in National Hockey League history to reach 1200 career regular season games. He’ll join Owen Nolan at that mark and within weeks surpass Erik Nesterenko and move into the top-100 on the all-time games played list when he dresses for his 1219th contest early in the new year.

Henrik, who is now eight points shy of reaching 1000 points in his remarkable career, currently sits 55th in all-time scoring and is 32nd on the NHL’s all-time assist list with 763. With 48 games left on the Canucks schedule, the 36-year-old has the chance to move into a tie with Sergei Fedorov and Bill Gadsby for 86th on the all-time games played list if he stays healthy the rest of this season. With a year beyond this one remaining on his contract, Henrik could climb as high as 53rd on the list at 1330 should he play every game between now and the end of next season.

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WWYDW: Rapid Expansion

Jackson McDonald
December 21 2016 09:00AM

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Alright soldiers, I hope you're all ready to cozy up by the non-denominational Holiday Fire and lend this season the significance of your choosing, because this week it's a very special Winter Holiday Edition of What Would You Do Wednesday. 

Expansion discussions have re-emerged this week, with Luca Sbisa approaching the games played requirement, and Ryan Biech and JD Burke discussing different options the Canucks could have for which players could be left unprotected. 

So, this week's question is: which players would you protect in the expansion draft? Which would you expose?  Here's a review of the rules for those that need reminding: 

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CANUCKS POSTGAME: CANUCKS GROUND THE JETS 4-1

Taylor Perry
December 21 2016 12:04AM

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The Winnipeg Jets paid a visit to Vancouver Tuesday evening, in the first game of a rare set of consecutive contests in the same city. They also happened to show why they are one of the most perplexing - and tantalizing - teams in the NHL this season. After looking like world beaters in the first period, the Jets fell back as the Canucks took over the game in the second and skated away with a well-deserved 4-1 victory.

Jannik Hansen and Sven Baertschi were the offensive stories of the night, and Jacob Markstrom had another fine performance in goal. And with the Sedins coming back to life with their usual linemate, this was, aside from the first twenty minutes, one of the Canucks more solid efforts of the season.

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