Canucks priced way out of Evander Kane sweeps as Sabres, Jets agree to blockbuster deal

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 09:33AM

Forget being unwilling to include Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat, the Vancouver Canucks were probably never even in the same ballpark as the Buffalo Sabres in their pursuit of embattled Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane.

A Kane trade between the Sabres and Jets has been consummated and, according to Darren Dreger, will involve Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux, and a 1st-round pick in exchange for Zach Bogosian and Kane. 

That's such a blockbuster that the prospective trade recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...

Read on past the jump.

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The Sedin twins' peculiarity should be celebrated, not ridiculed

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 08:40AM

A miracle of biology, masters of geometry, and chemistry incarnate - Daniel and Henrik Sedin are different. 

They're unlike anything you, or me, or Jamie Benn, or Tyler Seguin, or Dave Bolland, or Mike Milbury have ever seen. Identical twins and elite athletes, they've been side by side their entire lives. From wombmates to roommates to linemates in the SuperElite, in the SHL, and in the NHL, they've been inseparable for their entire lives. 

Even their statistical output is identical. Henrik has appeared in 1,062 games in his NHL career. He's averaged .83 points per contest. Daniel? He's appeared in 1,031NHL games, averaging .82 points per contest. That's awesome, in the formal sense.

The twins are different, which is partly why they've so often and unfairly been the target of ridicule. 

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Report: Canucks debating whether to make Jets an offer for Evander Kane before trade deadline

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 06:44PM

We know that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Evander Kane because general manager Jim Benning admitted as much this week. 

It's not quite that simple though, and the club is reportedly debating whether or not they can afford to wait until after the March 2nd NHL trade deadline to make the Winnipeg Jets a credible offer for the 23-year-old power forward, according to ESPN and TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

"In a perfect world they'd rather go after (Kane) in the offseason because they're going for the playoffs," LeBrun said during an Insider Trading segment broadcast on TSN Tuesday evening. "They don't want to give up a roster player as part of a package for Evander Kane, but they know if they wait, maybe the ship goes by on Evander Kane and they miss out on their chance.

"That's a debate right now for the Canucks - 'do we have to act before March 2nd?'"

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Canucks' Bonino avoids foot fracture and could play Wednesday, otherwise Matthias will play centre

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 02:30PM

The Vancouver Canucks have caught yet another injury-related break, this time by avoiding one.

Canucks second-line centre Nick Bonino left Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the second period after blocking a Ryan Suter one-timer with the inside of his left-foot. Fortunately it would seem that Bonino's foot was not fractured by Suter's hard slap shot, taken from pointblank range. 

"There are no breaks," Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said on Tuesday, adding that Bonino might even be back in the lineup on Wednesday. "We had him checked out again today."

You can exhale, Canucks nation.

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Draft Theory: Height matters, but maybe due to bias

Garret Hohl
February 10 2015 01:00PM


Some of the gents over at Canucks Army have been doing an excellent job investigating trends in drafting and success. This analysis includes excellent articles on size having an impact on draft success looking at forwards (by Money Puck) and defensemen (by Josh Weissbock).

I've gotten my hands on some data, so I thought I throw my own analysis into the pile.

Let's take a glance at what some numbers say.

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