October 03 2014 09:00AM
For a quality middle-six forward on a very good contract, Danish-born Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen takes a good deal of flack in the Vancouver market.
Perhaps it's because he's coming off of the worst offensive season of his NHL career, or because he's not seen as gritty enough, or North American enough, or skilled enough. Irrelevant concerns aside, Hansen remains a credible and productive top-nine forward at the NHL level and the type of player who can anchor a very good third forward group.
Read on past the jump.
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October 03 2014 05:30AM
Regular season is just around the corner, player previews, player cuts, fake signing's, cool gifts for fans and more in this week's Roundup.
October 02 2014 10:41PM
Vancouver entered Edmonton on Thursday night with one of their most complete rosters of the preseason. With the extremely notable exception of the Sedin twins, Vancouver's top-3 lines and entire defense looked like something you could expect to see at some point this season.
It wasn't a fantastic performance against a young and largely unproven Oilers squad, however, as both teams struggled to generate much in terms of offense for the night. The Canucks would manage to capitalize on two glaring defensive miscues by the home side, and Eddie Lack was nearly perfect once again, giving the Canucks a 2-1 win.
Read past the jump for a full recap.
October 02 2014 05:02PM
As the preseason winds down, the Canucks roster is starting to more closely resemble who we can expect to see in the lineup for opening night. With the exception of the Sedins and Radim Vrbata (who, I have a sneaking suspicion about this, have already made the team), Vancouver will bring essentially all their notable regular players to Rexall place and this evening's battle with the Edmonton Oilers.
Perhaps the most interesting twist is that Bo Horvat will be playing on the 4th line tonight between Tom Sestito and Derek Dorsett, who our own J.D. Burke did an excellent job of profiling this morning. Read past the jump for lineups, and what this could mean for Bo Horvat's chances to make the 2014-15 Canucks.
October 02 2014 04:02PM
If there's one common theme that you'll notice through this series, it's that a lot of them will sound very similar: Player X was good in previous years. Player X had an awful season in 2013-14. Player X should rebound now that he's free of the binding shackles of John Tortorella's Meatwagon Brand Hockey, and so on and so forth. However, for no player is this refrain more true than it is for Alex Edler.
You're a Canucks fan and you watched the games just like I did last year, so you know what I'm talking about here. With countless turnovers, blown coverages, missed shots, offensive futility, a suspension, and injury issues, Edler's 2013-2014 campaign was truly the pinnacle of suck for not just Alex Edler, but for basically every notable player in the NHL. Edler's struggles coupled with what had to have been some kind of black-magic voodoo curse wound up hanging the defenseman with an impossibly bad -39 rating on the year.
The good news is that it's almost impossible to be that bad two years in a row.