Why trading for Evander Kane didn't make sense for the Canucks

Rhys Jessop
February 22 2015 02:00PM

With the Evander Kane trade now squarely in our rear-view mirrors, Canucks fans have had time to digest missing out on bringing a high-octane and exciting hometown boy back to where he played his junior hockey. More importantly though, bowing out of the Evander Kane sweepstakes might have also meant missing on a Tyler Seguin-like situation - an opportunity to improve your team for the next five years by adding a young and dynamic player to the roster.

Evander Kane is a high-end shot generator and a first-line goal scorer at just 23, and the Canucks don't have a prospect in their organization that's likely to be that. Management hopes that Jake Virtanen could turn in to that player one day, but based on what history tells us about the Jake Virtanens of the world, that's unlikely. Still, even if Vancouver missed out on a better player, the structure of the current roster and ages of the prime assets in the organization indicate that Jim Benning made the right call in refusing to part with a top prospect, and therefore passing on Kane.

So why didn't a Kane to the Canucks trade make sense for Vancouver? And what does this mean for Vancouver's approach to the upcoming trade deadline? We'll get into it after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

February 22 2015 12:53PM


Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

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Canucks Army GDT #59 - Canucks @ Islanders

Rhys Jessop
February 22 2015 12:21PM

The Vancouver Canucks continue their Eastern road swing this afternoon, visiting the Metropolitan division leading New York Islanders. With their win over the New York Rangers on Thursday, the Canucks pulled themselves to second in the Pacific division, but a loss over the lowly Devils prevented them from putting some daylight between themselves and the Wild and Sharks. As it stands, the Canucks sit just two points out of a tie for 9th in the conference, so this afternoon's two points are critical.

Read past the jump for a preview of this afternoon's game.

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Wrapping up the Midterm Prospect Voting - Our Votes

Josh W
February 22 2015 11:00AM

We have finally finished the Canucks Army midterm prospect voting, where we reviewed all Canucks prospects to see how they have progressed over the half season, and updated our rankings on them.  Since we normally have vocal complains that people are not happy with the voting results or from the writers this time we decided to give you the readers a say.

Continue past the jump to see how our voting went down.

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Canucks recall Nicklas Jensen from Utica

Thomas Drance
February 21 2015 05:37PM

The Jensen Train is headed at full speed down the Long Island Rail Road.

On Saturday evening the Vancouver Canucks announced the recall of Utica Comets winger Nicklas Jensen. Jensen, 21, has managed 10 goals and 20 points in 38 games in the American Hockey League this season.

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