Report: Canucks debating whether to make Jets an offer for Evander Kane before trade deadline

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 06:44PM

We know that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Evander Kane because general manager Jim Benning admitted as much this week. 

It's not quite that simple though, and the club is reportedly debating whether or not they can afford to wait until after the March 2nd NHL trade deadline to make the Winnipeg Jets a credible offer for the 23-year-old power forward, according to ESPN and TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

"In a perfect world they'd rather go after (Kane) in the offseason because they're going for the playoffs," LeBrun said during an Insider Trading segment broadcast on TSN Tuesday evening. "They don't want to give up a roster player as part of a package for Evander Kane, but they know if they wait, maybe the ship goes by on Evander Kane and they miss out on their chance.

"That's a debate right now for the Canucks - 'do we have to act before March 2nd?'"

Read Article | 31 Comments

Canucks' Bonino avoids foot fracture and could play Wednesday, otherwise Matthias will play centre

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 02:30PM

The Vancouver Canucks have caught yet another injury-related break, this time by avoiding one.

Canucks second-line centre Nick Bonino left Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the second period after blocking a Ryan Suter one-timer with the inside of his left-foot. Fortunately it would seem that Bonino's foot was not fractured by Suter's hard slap shot, taken from pointblank range. 

"There are no breaks," Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said on Tuesday, adding that Bonino might even be back in the lineup on Wednesday. "We had him checked out again today."

You can exhale, Canucks nation.

Read Article | 3 Comments

Draft Theory: Height matters, but maybe due to bias

Garret Hohl
February 10 2015 01:00PM

PredVObs

Some of the gents over at Canucks Army have been doing an excellent job investigating trends in drafting and success. This analysis includes excellent articles on size having an impact on draft success looking at forwards (by Money Puck) and defensemen (by Josh Weissbock).

I've gotten my hands on some data, so I thought I throw my own analysis into the pile.

Let's take a glance at what some numbers say.

Read Article | 11 Comments

Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 9th-7th

Josh W
February 10 2015 11:00AM

Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings.  Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.

So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and have a say on these players.  Since our summer rankings, we've simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to play in the NHL this year.  This means that players like Linden Vey and Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in this series.

Without further adieu, here are the Canucks prospects that were rated 9th to 7th.

Read Article | 7 Comments

Canucks GM Jim Benning admits Canucks 'would be interested, for sure' in Evander Kane

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 09:00AM

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning admitted on Monday that his club would have interest in bringing misfit Winnipeg Jets power forward, local kid and former Vancouver Giant Evander Kane home.

"We can't really talk about other teams players," Benning said during an appearance on TSN 1040 before proceeding to do just that. "But we would be interested for sure."

Well if that isn't a clear indication, what is?

Read Article | 11 Comments