April 30 2015 09:00AM
You can't spell off-season without "fun" and the Canucks are still having fun, despite everything.
April 29 2015 05:00PM
In the upcoming offseason, the Canucks have to address a number of future roster issues. One of those is that the current Canucks goaltending depth, much like water in California, is going to dry up. It should be expected that a number of goaltenders are not going to be re-signed, are going to walk away to Europe, or are not likely consideration for future NHL jobs.
What's the current status of the goalies in Vancouver's system? Let's take a look.
April 29 2015 03:10PM
Desjardins, Linden and Benning addressing the media. "We have difficult decisions to make this off-season" - Linden pic.twitter.com/sEhvQ2RoAf— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 29, 2015
The Vancouver Canucks brain trust of Jim Benning, Trevor Linden, and Willie Desjardins held court for one final time in the 2014-2015 season earlier this morning, fielding a variety of questions from media on topics ranging from player deployment to prospects and the future.
There's a lot to dig into today, and some pretty compelling things about the organization's philosophy were shared. Let's dig in to what was revealed after the jump.
April 29 2015 10:00AM
At the end of any team's season, there are the inevitable questions around who will stay and who will go. However, when you have an aging core, a nasty cap situation, and a GM who both loves draft picks and isn't afraid to make moves, there is really only one guarantee going into the offseason: change is coming (again).
There has been a lot of speculation in the Vancouver media over the course of the last couple days, probably best summed up by Jason Botchford in The Provies, who suggested the Canucks move a number of players this offseason, including the rights to Shawn Matthias and Yannick Weber, as well as Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins, and potentially Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen.
Given the Canucks cap situation, it seems likely that Benning will be looking to move core players in exchange for draft picks, rather than taking players back in return, so I thought I'd look at trades made over the past few years for players similar to who the Canucks have to offer.
April 28 2015 07:00AM
Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year's draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.