March 24 2015 11:33PM
Daniel Sedin wins batle v. two Jets with self-hacky sack in the neutral zone. Canucks would score on ensuring rush... pic.twitter.com/kc6cDiH4pd— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) March 25, 2015
Think of the Winnipeg Jets as a poor man's Los Angeles Kings. They're a near-dominant possession team, with modest finishing power and the uncanny knack to overcome suspect goaltending. They're big, mean, and hard to separate from the the puck. And just like the Kings, they were unceremoniously dispatched by the Canucks!
They didn't make it look easy. Vancouver was generally outplayed for the entire first half of the game, but a solid performance from Eddie Lack was enough to keep them in it and secure the 5-2 victory in front of the Rogers Arena faithful.
Lets break it all down, on the other side of the jump.
March 24 2015 02:15PM
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On Tuesday morning, the Vancouver Canucks signed defensive defenseman Chris Tanev to a lucrative five-year contract extension. No one doubts Tanev's ability to key the rush or block shots or disrupt the possession game of Vancouver's opponents, but the 25-year-old's offensive game has been non-existent throughout his career.
Does that matter? Nope, but we understand the confusion. Let's get into precisely why it doesn't matter on the other side of the jump.
March 24 2015 01:01PM
Your Vancouver Canucks are playing some kinda hockey right now.
Kings? Please. Those punks couldn't handle the ferociousness of the orange hot Nucks (because they aren't quite red hot), Yotes? Ya, it's tough playing for nothing but seriously good luck with the McDavid thing. So now it's the Jets? Another team trying to scratch its way into the playoffs?
I'm sorry but NO! WE are trying to scratch in so get your own playoffs. Or alternatively steal Atlanta's playoffs.
Winnipeg is rolling on a five game winning streak, but now they have to go through the Pacific division's #2, #2, #2 team the Vancouver Canucks. In a classic all-Smythe division matchup, there will be no Tie Domi, no Mike Gartner or Bob Essensa, but newbie Tyler Myers and stars Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will be ready to rock. Add in stone cold stopper Ondrej Pavelec and the Canucks will have to work hard for these two points.
March 24 2015 11:01AM
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That contract negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and Chris Tanev were moving in a positive direction, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Monday, would seem to have been an understatement.
On Tuesday morning, the Canucks announced that they've signed the 25-year-old defensive ace to a five-year contract extension worth a reported 22.25 million (for an annual average value of $4.45 million). That's pretty close to what we expected, and a solid deal for both sides.
Read on past the jump.
March 24 2015 09:40AM
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The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly making progress in contract talks with their best defensive defenseman Chris Tanev, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Tanev, 25, is a pending restricted free agent and is having a marvellous year. Though the production isn't there, one might reasonably argue that he's been among the best defensive defensemen in the NHL this season.
Read on past the jump.