Canucks need to be decisive and take advantage of market

Ryan Biech
February 17 2017 03:00PM

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Here we are, just twelve short days from the March 1st NHL trade deadline. Things are about to get interesting.

The Canucks sit five points removed from the last wild-card spot and play the team they are chasing, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday. The L.A. Kings are hanging around, and have two games in hand. Coupled with a downright hostile schedule, it's looking like the Canucks will be in tough to make the playoffs.

All this underscores exactly why the Canucks need to be decisive as they address the topic du jour. They need to sell what few assets they can, and let the season wind down to its inevitable conclusion.

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What They're Saying: Jim Benning Addresses the Trade Deadline

Vanessa Jang
February 17 2017 01:00PM

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With the Trade Deadline a little under two weeks away, the Canucks have four games left to decide their war-room tactics. They play Calgary and Philadelphia back-to-back this weekend, then have their NHL-mandated five-day bye week until they face San Jose on the following Saturday. After playing Detroit on Tuesday night, management will likely spend deadline day in the Rogers Arena offices before embarking for San Jose.

Earlier yesterday afternoon, Jim Benning made an appearance on TSN 1040 to discuss their preparation for the upcoming events, as well as what to expect from the Canucks and teams around the league.

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Skip the 'A' and just give Horvat the 'C' this summer

Jeff Paterson
February 17 2017 11:00AM

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Last summer, in a Province column, I lobbied for the Vancouver Canucks to bring Bo Horvat into their leadership group and make him an alternate captain. I have since revised my thinking on the matter. Now, I want them to skip the A altogether and just give him the captain’s C this off-season.

I say this with all the respect in the world to Henrik Sedin – the man who currently holds the captaincy and has done so through the best stretch of hockey in the organization’s history. Sedin’s track record speaks for itself on the ice, in the locker room and the community. Short of bringing a Stanley Cup to Vancouver, Sedin has delivered in every way possible and gone above and beyond to represent the organization.

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Babych Please - February 17th, 2017

Grainne Downey
February 17 2017 09:00AM

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The Canucks look like a longshot to make the playoffs these days, but they aren't done trying yet. In the meantime, they are talking romance, embarrassing nicknames, and more!

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The Nation Notebook: Leafs cap room, Jagr's milestone, Strome's ESPN-worthy goal

Christian Pagnani
February 17 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

Dylan Strome scored a goal that was interesting enough to get ESPN talking about hockey! On TV, too! Curtis Lazar was healthy scratched again, so we have to talk about the possibility of his days in Ottawa being numbered. Again! And Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone, becoming the second player in NHL history to record 1900 career points. 

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