December 16 2014 04:30PM
The writers at this site savaged Vancouver's new management team when - on July 1, 2014 - freshly minted Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning plunged head first into the free agent market to hand out a three-year, $18-million contract to aging unrestricted free agent goaltender Ryan Miller.
I didn't hate the deal quite so much at the time. Having watched Eddie Lack break down towards the tail end of last season, I didn't think it was wise for the club to to dole him out a workhorse starter's workload. Looking over Jakob Markstrom's numbers over the past few seasons at the NHL-level, meanwhile, I didn't think he was a particularly good bet to credibly spell Lack for 30-35 NHL games.
But Ryan Miller is struggling. Plain and simple, he's struggling to the extreme. Let's take a closer look on the other side of the jump.
December 16 2014 02:41PM
Some Vancouver Canucks prospect news broke this afternoon when it was announced that G Thatcher Demko had been traded... in the WHL. The 19-year old netminder previously had his junior rights held by the Spokane Chiefs, but was dealt to the Calgary Hitmen. So does this mean that Demko is leaving the NCAA and coming north?
Read past the jump for the answer.
December 15 2014 08:15PM
As promised this morning, here are our Canucks Army weekly player grades for defensemen.
Read past the jump to see how each Canucks defender fared this past week!
December 15 2014 04:12PM
Despite the impending returns of some of Vancouver's depth forwards from injury and the roster crunch that's sure to ensue, the Vancouver Canucks have opted not to release Bo Horvat to join Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships later this month.
Read past the jump for our initial thoughts and reactions.
December 15 2014 10:30AM
For some of you, getting your report card was one of the most exciting times of the year. If your grades were good, maybe your parents would give you a little extra allowance to spend, or let you get that video game you wanted. For others, report card time was a tangled mess of gut-wrenching nervousness and oh my god Mr. Smith gave me a C- in English MY PARENTS ARE GOING TO KILL ME.
Either way, welcome to the Canucks Army Weekly Player Grades, where we'll take all that repressed childhood anxiety, bottle it back up, and apply it to your (presumably) favourite hockey team instead.
Read past the jump!