February 22 2015 08:02PM
For the final time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks visited the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday night to face the New York Islanders.
The Coliseum, a concrete blister in the middle of a parking lot in Uniondale, NY, was the site of Vancouver's losses in Game 1 (an instant classic overtime thriller) and Game 2 of the 1982 Stanley Cup Final - a series in which the overmatched Canucks were ultimately swept by the dynastic Islanders of the early 80s.
So Vancouver's 4-0 victory over New York's other, other team on Sunday brought with it a sense of closure, a spot of karmic payback. The reverse sweep as it were. On the other hand, the club lost Ryan Miller to injury, and any crowing about karma at the moment seems misguided in the extreme.
February 22 2015 05:48PM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller sustained an apparent lower-body injury when he was barrelled into by teammate Jannik Hansen early in the second period of Sunday night's game against the New York Islanders.
Miller was in apparent pain immediately, but gamely made one more stop before the referees blew the whistle. After remaining prone on the ice while being attended to by team doctors for a couple of minutes, Miller left the ice slowly, but under his own power. He was replaced by Eddie Lack.
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February 22 2015 02:00PM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).
February 22 2015 02:00PM
With the Evander Kane trade now squarely in our rear-view mirrors, Canucks fans have had time to digest missing out on bringing a high-octane and exciting hometown boy back to where he played his junior hockey. More importantly though, bowing out of the Evander Kane sweepstakes might have also meant missing on a Tyler Seguin-like situation - an opportunity to improve your team for the next five years by adding a young and dynamic player to the roster.
Evander Kane is a high-end shot generator and a first-line goal scorer at just 23, and the Canucks don't have a prospect in their organization that's likely to be that. Management hopes that Jake Virtanen could turn in to that player one day, but based on what history tells us about the Jake Virtanens of the world, that's unlikely. Still, even if Vancouver missed out on a better player, the structure of the current roster and ages of the prime assets in the organization indicate that Jim Benning made the right call in refusing to part with a top prospect, and therefore passing on Kane.
So why didn't a Kane to the Canucks trade make sense for Vancouver? And what does this mean for Vancouver's approach to the upcoming trade deadline? We'll get into it after the jump.
February 22 2015 12:53PM
Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star.