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February 28 2015 08:00AM
It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the fine folks at the Royal Half summarize the week that was with hot takes from
the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes.
February 27 2015 01:00PM
We are back with this week’s Comets Militia where we review all the latest in news, statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives on the Vancouver Canucks farm team: The Utica Comets. It’s been a reasonably good for the Comets as they won 2 of 3 games missing that third game in a tired leg of a back-to-back.
Read past the jump to see what went down.
February 27 2015 11:30AM
This week, Garret and Rhys welcome internet friend and Flames fan Mike Fail (@MikeFAIL) to the podcast to discuss the Jets recent trade, the Canucks outlook at the deadline, Mike's love of John Scott, and how great Jaromir Jagr has been through his career. We also react in real time to the David Clarkson news! Join us after the jump to listen!
February 27 2015 10:30AM
Former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel has called it a career.
Lots of Canucks fans probably don't think of Sopel as a Canucks defensemen first and foremost, and that's fair enough, he won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks after all. He was a Canucks draft pick though, and ranks in the top-20 defensemen in Canucks franchise history in every major statistical category (games played, plus/minus, goals scored, points, game winning goals and on and on).
Sopel was quietly a big part of the beloved West Coast Express teams. He also played a small and indirect role in my development as a hockey fan and pundit. I'll share the anecdote with you after the jump.
February 27 2015 09:00AM
With the NHL trade deadline but a few days away, anxious general managers have become increasingly active with the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future.
Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.
In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management.
Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? What do you say we take a look at that on the other side of the jump?