August 24 2015 01:42PM
Sami Salo, who retired from professional hockey earlier this month, played nine seasons with the Canucks after being traded from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Peter Schaefer. Salo established himself as a top 4 defenseman in Vancouver, contributing greatly to some of the best years in the franchise's history.
Largely due to injuries, Salo never played a full 82 game season and finished his career just shy of 100 goals. Despite this misfortune, Salo was a favourite in Vancouver for his intelligent play and powerful slapshot.
August 24 2015 01:00PM
Remember when Christian Ehrhoff was a Vancouver Canuck? Those were good times. He put up points and he drove play while he was here, and I know a lot of our readers were in favour of bringing him back if the price was right.
Well, we found out the price was extremely right yesterday; but the team of choice, not so much. Why do good things happen to the Los Angeles Kings? It's not fair. Anyway, you all had some mailbag questions, so lets get to those.
August 24 2015 10:00AM
Brendan Gaunce, the Vancouver Canucks' first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, isn't exactly the sexiest name among hockey prospects, but he still represents considerable upside as a play-driving forward that could slide comfortably into a bottom-six role in the NHL in the not-so-distant future.
Looked at in a vacuum, projecting that much from the bulky center isn't all that discouraging. Tempered with the reality that his star has fallen from first, to seventh and now tenth in our prospect rankings, it's more sobering than ever.
Some of the more respected voices in the industry of talent evaluation echo these concerns, with "stagnation" as a recurring theme from their takes on Gaunce. He checks in at tenth in our organizational prospect rankings.
August 23 2015 12:00PM
The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'.
August 21 2015 02:00PM
Kirk McLean arrived in Vancouver in a trade with New Jersey (the first trade for both Pat Quinn and Lou Lamoriello), arriving in Vancouver along with Greg Adams (the good one). Headed the other way was Patrick Sundstrom with some picks going either way as sweeteners.
This deal was the first of many that built the Canucks into the dangerous team that went to the Finals in '94. Sundstrom was a good player and all, and in fact held the Canucks franchise record at the time for most points in a season with 91, and he went on to have a few more decent seasons in New Jersey. But by the time 1994 rolled around, Sundstrom was out of the league, Adams was a first line winger and Kirk McLean was already the greatest goaltender the Canucks had ever had.