Canucks Reassign Cassels, 11 Others; Pare Roster Down to 44 Players

Jeremy Davis
September 28 2016 02:55PM

Just hours after pissing off most of the greater Vancouver area by cutting Jordan Subban after one pre-season game, the Canucks have sent 11 more players to Utica, possibly to distract us. Most of these are just business as usual cuts, but there are a few interesting names that might disappoint a few people.

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Canucks reduce training camp roster by 4

Ryan Biech
September 28 2016 11:08AM

Following their first pre-season game last night, it was announced earlier this morning that the Canucks have further reduced their training camp roster.

Defenceman Jordan Subban and Ashton Sautner, as well as forwards Wacey Hamilton and Carter Bancks were assigned to the Utica Comets.

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WWYDW: Jacob Trouba.

J.D. Burke
September 28 2016 09:00AM

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Well, it doesn't sound like Jacob Trouba will sticking around Winnipeg much longer. According to multiple reports this Sunday, the disgruntled, unsigned defenceman has demanded a trade from the Jets. Apparently, that request goes as far back as May, too.

Trouba, 22, just finished his entry-level contract and will need to be signed by whichever team acquires his rights. I've heard an assortment of different numbers regarding annual average value, but the overarching theme is that he's going to want more than $6-million per season. Which, frankly, is about the going rate for a defenceman of Trouba's calibre.

So, knowing what it will cost to sign Trouba, what would you package to acquire him from the Jets? Conversely, why wouldn't you trade for Trouba? Try to be realistic. Luca Sbisa and Jannik Hansen isn't making it happen. 

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Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 11:51PM

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Look, I'm not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it's way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night. 

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 02:45PM

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It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other, we have Team Europe, a group of players who are old, wise, have never really played together, and may never play together again, looking to upset goliath on their own ice.

It's not very likely at all, but hey, let's make the most of the occasion.

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