February 19 2015 04:00PM
Happy lunar New Year! Or as they say in Toronto, "Gone hey, frat boy?"
At least, that's what they would like to say about everyone's favourite punching bag in Toronto. And no, that is not a shot at his body type.
Seems like tide has turned at the Centre of the Universe, and they are open to moving pretty much everyone except Morgan Rielly. Not sure if that's because they recognize he's a real talent, or maybe they just keep misspelling his name and Morgan Reilly actually is available.
But I digress.
The point is, it looks like Phil Kessel is taking the fall for Leafs. And I'm sure there's an autumn joke in there somewhere, but I really want to get this back to the Canucks, so let's talk about our own little goat out here in Canucksville after the jump.
February 19 2015 02:06PM
After picking up a gutsy win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, the Vancouver Canucks embark on a five-game Eastern road swing, beginning tonight in Madison Square Garden as they take on the New York Rangers and former bench boss Alain Vigneault. With the Kings and Wild winning last night and the Flames picking up a point as well, the Western Conference playoff race is only getting tighter, so the Canucks are in need of a big two points.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
February 19 2015 10:14AM
Valentines Day carried on in the hearts of the Canucks this week.
The week had all the trimmings you'd expect of a great romantic comedy - a fancy dinner, Zack Kassian's biceps, Bradley Cooper, Zack Kassian's goatee, a dramatic will-they-make-it-work finish, and even an unexpected musical number.
February 18 2015 01:00PM
Every month, our friend MoneyPuck runs a deep dive on how the Canucks have been performing, and he has been doing quite an excellent and detailed job on it. When you are running a team you need to often analyze your talent and more importantly you need to put them in the context of the league to see how they are performing to see where your holes are.
Read past the jump as we analyze the Canucks defence corps relative to the league to see how they are performing.
February 18 2015 12:38PM
The Vancouver Canucks' luck on the infirmary front has run out in recent weeks, as the club has been ravaged by injuries down the middle of their forward group and along their blue-line.
A funny thing happened on the club's way to an injury-related tailspin - the team kept playing really good - even 'real good' - hockey. With the exception of a solid stretch in late November, the Canucks have been at their absolute best since the NHL All-Star break.
From Zack Kassian's hot-streak to the continued stellar play of Shawn Matthias. From Jannik Hansen's continued excellent two-way play, to Linden Vey's progression and the emergence Ronalds Kenins as an exciting and maybe even effective energy guy - we don't envy the difficult choices that await Willie Desjardins once Nick Bonino and Brad Richardson convalesce and are ready to return to the lineup.
So for this edition of What Would You Do Wednesday we'd like to know: if you were Vancouver's coaches who would come out and who would stay in? Let's discuss further (and perhaps refrain from imitating a certain irascible, but beloved CanucksArmy comment section troll) after the jump.