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.
February 18 2015 09:00AM
Courtesy of BellevilleBulls.com
We are back with another edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I dig into all the latest stats, rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the different junior hockey leagues. In this week's edition, we have some prospects setting records, while others continue to dominate.
Without further ado, continue past the jump to see what went down!
February 17 2015 03:50PM
Has trader Jim gone conservative on us?
Rookie Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning made splash after splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, remaking his new club in his own image with astonishing, trigger happy aggression. His initial flurry of action behind him it would appear that Benning is settling in to play the long game, and is unwilling to part with any significant futures in an attempt to chase a short-term upgrade before the March 2 NHL trade deadline.
This posture became apparent when Benning refused to include young roster players like Bo Horvat and prospects like Jake Virtanen and Jarred McCann in half-hearted trade talks with the Winnipeg Jets concerning Evander Kane. We should perhaps expect Benning's newfound conservatism to continue over the next couple of week.
February 17 2015 01:00PM
With the AHL expanding into the California sun next year, and every team in the Pacific – save Vancouver – moving their affiliates westward, the Canucks are going to eventually follow suit. Utica just doesn’t make sense anymore with all of Vancouver's closest NHL competitors with an obvious geographic advantage, so there is one place that the Canucks should move their AHL affiliate to: Langley, British Columbia and the recently constructed Langley Events Centre.
February 17 2015 11:00AM
In this episode of the Hockey Graphs podcast, Rhys and Garret discuss Chris Tanev's contract situation, Olli Jokinen's journeyman career, look at the top trade targets available, and discuss the Jets and Canucks strategies to approaching the trade deadline. Join us after the jump to listen!