March 01 2015 09:00AM
In recent days, droves of NHL clubs have demonstrated a willingness to pay premium prices for rental players, and it would seem that the 2015 NHL trade deadline is shaping up to be a seller's market.
Though the prices are sky high, the Vancouver Canucks won't be dabbling in selling any veteran assets on expiring contracts, Canucks general manager Jim Benning confirmed to Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun. So don't expect the Canucks to sell high on Shawn Matthias, or cash in their chips on Derek Dorsett or Brad Richardson.
Actually, don't expect the Canucks to do much of anything. This could be a very quiet deadline for Vancouver's NHL club.
February 28 2015 07:00PM
With the NHL trade deadline just around the corner, general managers across the league are upping the ante in the hope of adding that final piece or two for a playoff push, or a Stanley Cup chase. On the opposite end of that spectrum, young or otherwise hopeless clubs are eschewing expiring contracts and stockpiling draft picks to build for the future. Then there's the Clarkson-for-Hortons of the world, but I digress.
Somewhere in the middle are the Vancouver Canucks. So long as the Sedins can carry a first-line offensively, the Canucks will always be relatively competitive. By that same token, Vancouver lacks premier offensive talent behind them and as such can't realistically be expected to compete for a Cup in the near future.
In his first season with Vancouver, Jim Benning will have to balance this dichotomy with shrewd management that accommodates both the short term goals of ownership (who have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want this team to compete for the playoffs) and long term goals of management.
Can the Canucks do both? And if they do plan to be active in this year's trade market, who exactly should they be targeting? Yesterday, we looked at 9 defenders the Canucks could target. What say you we check out some forwards for today?
February 28 2015 01:52PM
Brandon McMillan's tenure with the Vancouver Canucks was fleeting indeed.
The depth forward, a native of the Lower Mainland, was placed on waivers on Saturday. McMillan spent less than a month and appeared in only three games with the Canucks after being claimed on waivers from the Arizona Coyotes earlier in February. He didn't make much of an impression, not that much was expected.
Read past the jump for more on McMillan and a couple of intriguing names on the weekend waiver wire.
February 28 2015 10:00AM
For a long time now, you could say that we at Canucks Army have been on Team Kassian.
We've campaigned for him to be included in the lineup when he's been healthy scratched, analyzed if he's really the power forward that Canucks management seems to want him to be, and looked at his playmaking skills to see if he's a legitimately good passer. Most of the writers here have been fairly consistent in our view that the much maligned Kassian is a talented young winger who is providing a larger benefit than many observers feel he is, and has more upside to give beyond that.
Still, as has been the case since early in the season, the coaching staff doesn't look like they're going to come around on Kassian any time soon, and his name is still swirling around in trade rumours. He is, by many accounts, the Canuck most likely to be dealt before Monday's deadline.
But we know that the Canucks long-term needs should take precedence over their short-term ones, and Zack Kassian is the youngest credible forward the Canucks have playing in their top-9 right now. Does it make any sense at all to be dealing a 24-year old with promising talent just before he enters the prime of his career? Find out after the jump.
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February 28 2015 08:00AM
It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the fine folks at the Royal Half summarize the week that was with hot takes from
the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes.