October 05 2014 12:53PM
In the past 12 months the Vancouver Canucks have traded a pair of star players in Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler in exchange for a pair of offensively gifted pivots best suited to playing a bottom-six role (and also two non-tender candidates, and a first round pick, and a third that became Derek Dorsett).
That pair of centers with offensive talent includes Shawn Matthias who has size and skill, but has never really put it all together. At 26-years-old he's likely running out of time and upside.
What can we expect from Matthias this upcoming season? Read on past the jump.
October 04 2014 11:41PM
There's an old idiom in sports, that you should never complain about a win. Well, we're masters of complaining at Canucks Army, and it's the preseason so wins are kind of secondary to whether the team looks good. Against a far less skilled Edmonton Oilers squad resting many of their top players, a veteran-heavy Canucks roster eked out a 3-2 victory, despite being heavily outshot. There wasn't a lot to really like after the first period, but hey, it's the last preseason game and not getting hurt is probably more of a priority than fight like hell for a win that means literally nothing.
Fortunately, this is the last time we can excuse not giving 200% effort in the name of saving yourself for the games that matter because the games that matter start this week!
Read past the jump for a recap of Vancouver's last preseason game of 2014.
October 04 2014 04:10PM
While it's the last game of the preseason for both the Canucks and the visiting Edmonton Oilers, each team is taking a very different approach to their Saturday night showdown at Rogers Arena. A veteran-laden Vancouver roster featuring every notable Canuck except for Kevin Bieksa will face a young Oilers team, missing nearly every legitimate NHL player short of Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Teddy Purcell.
It's a final tune-up for the Canucks against a final audition for the Oilers. It's a huge mismatch on paper, but anything can happen in a single hockey game. Read past the jump for more.
Nation World HQ
October 04 2014 02:45PM
Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division… we present the first installment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season!
October 04 2014 02:15PM
This summer, we've spent no shortage of time debating the merits signing Ryan Miller as a potential "upgrade" in the Canucks' net. This has less to do with my feelings on Miller than it does my belief that Eddie Lack provides the Canucks with comparable play in net, at a fraction of the cost.
But, rapidly declining ticket sales and the need to satiate an increasingly disinterested fan base necessitated Ryan Miller's acquisition, at least in the eyes of rookie GM Jim Benning. Can you imagine the reaction of a casual fan upon hearing the Canucks were set to enter the 2014-15 season with Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom as their goaltending tandem - they of the combined 87 NHL starts?
Based on the atmosphere at Rogers Arena - no matter the situation or time of year - it's all too apparent that the casual fan is the one that needs reassuring. They turn the lights on. Would an open approach, one that put winning first, not be equally as satisfying? Probably not. Instant gratification, and what not.
It's a shame a goalie as serviceable as Eddie Lack is the victim of this. For a look at what played into this decision and what to expect going forward, find me on the other side of the jump.