September 29 2013 12:27PM
The Vancouver Canucks didn't have to use the waiver-wire to send anybody down on Sunday, but they cut their roster by one by officially sending Bo Horvat down to the London Knights. Both Horvat and fellow first round pick from the Knights Max Domi last until the very end of training camp, and the Knights are again in a position to roll through the Ontario Hockey League in search of their third consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup.
As for the Canucks, this means that they'll probably switch the newly-acquired Zac Dalpe from winger back to centre, where he'd played at Ohio State but struggled in his first couple of seasons of pro hockey. There are probably still a couple of moves the team has to make before rosters are set Monday at 2 p.m. Eastern, as the Canucks currently stand at 25 players on the roster.
September 29 2013 11:05AM
Maybe this isn't as big news as the Canucks bringing about Zac Dalpe, but the team has re-signed Jannik Hansen, it came out Sunday morning. Many current players are signed for three or more seasons including Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis, not to mention Roberto Luongo. Hansen joins that group with a four-year extension that will take him through the 2017-2018 season, and he was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
September 28 2013 10:40PM
Not to get lost in the shuffle of Joe Colborne headed to the Calgary Flames for scraps...
The Canucks acquired two players on Saturday, Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh, for low-ranked futures. Of those two players, Zac Dalpe is probably the most intriguing. He's not exempt from waivers, while Welsh is. Both are wingers with very limited NHL experience.
September 27 2013 02:39PM
Take note London and Medicine Hat...just been told Canucks' 1st Rd Picks Horvat and Shinkaruk will start the season in the NHL.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) September 27, 2013
Well, there you have it. We've spent the past few weeks mulling over the idea that the Canucks could start the season with some of their top prospects in the lineup, and now it's looking like that will be the case. After the 5-0 spanking of Rangers to conclude the preseason slate of games last night, the team sent Frankie Corrado back to Utica, and assigned Brendan Gaunce back to his junior team, the Belleville Bulls.
This shouldn't really come as a surprise at anyone at this point, since the writing was certainly on the wall following the Zack Kassian suspension and Jordan Schroeder injury (not to mention Nicklas Jensen's issues). Both Horvat and Shinkaruk shined in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, and then more than held their own this preseason.
What's next for both the team, and the two players themselves? Read on past the jump.
September 27 2013 12:58PM
If the start is any indication, this could be another long season for coach Don Hay.
The start of the 2013-2014 season hasn't exactly gone well for the Vancouver Giants. Not only did they drop two of their first three games, but they've been outscored 11-4 as well. Their biggest losses have been off the scoresheet though, as Colorado Avalanche 4th round pick Mason Geertsen suffered an upper body injury in the season opening 4-3 loss to the Victoria Royals, missing Saturday's game in Victoria and Wednesday's blowout 6-0 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Joining Geertsen in the infirmary are Dalton Sward and Rob Trzonkowski, who were both also injured against the Thunderbirds. There is no word yet on how many games they're expected to miss (coach Don Hay expects them to both be about a week to 10 days), but with depth forwards Luca Leone, Travis McEvoy and Scott Cooke yet to play a game this season due to injury, an already thin forward group could be in for some major early season growing pains.
Read on past the jump for more.