Forbes values Canucks at $745 million; 6th among NHL franchises in 2015

Thomas Drance
November 24 2015 10:01AM

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The value of the Vancouver Canucks franchise has, like the value of most professional sporting properties, exploded over the past decade. 

The Canucks' current ownership, the Aquilini Investment Group, purchased the club for an undisclosed sum from John McCaw back in 2005. It was later revealed during legal proceedings between Tom Gagliardi, Ryan Beedie and Francesco Aquilini that the purchase was for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $250 million.

That investment has paid off in spades. Though the Canucks' performance in Forbes' annual franchise valuations has flat-lined somewhat over the past three years (after growing exponentially for much of the past decade), Forbes' latest valuation of the franchise would suggest that the Aquilini Investment Group has essentially tripled their money in 10 years. And that's a very, very conservative estimate.

On Tuesday Forbes unveiled their 2015 NHL team valuations and the Canucks were valued at $745 million, making them the sixth most valuable team in hockey. Click past the jump for more.

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Canucks Player Power Rankings - Nov. 23rd, 2015

Grainne Downey
November 23 2015 02:36PM


On Monday, the Canucks gave up a three-goal lead in a loss to the Canadiens. On Wednesday, they snapped the Winnipeg Jets' six-game losing streak. On Sunday, they lost to a really good goalie named Cory Schneider. There was only one bright spot in the week, but what a bright, bright spot it was. 

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Canucks recall Andrey Pedan from Utica Comets

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 23 2015 01:05PM

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The Vancouver Canucks continued to feed the revolving doors of the defensive depth chart today, by calling up hulking 22-year-old Andrey Pedan from the Utica Comets.

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Remembering Pat Quinn on the 1-year anniversary of his death

Thomas Drance
November 23 2015 11:24AM

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Editor's Note: The following is a guest piece from historian and friend of the blog, Mike Commito. About a year ago Committo wrote a biography about Pat Quinn for the Canadian encyclopedia, and as part of the project he touched base with a handful of key people close to the late head coach and general manager, including: George McPhee, Brian Burke and Trevor Linden.

As Mike explains it, there were some quotes he didn't get to use because of a strict word count, and he was hoping to revisit Quinn's memory anyway on the one-year anniversary of his passing. We're happy to give him a place to do that.

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Schneider, Devils defeat Canucks 3-2

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 11:03PM

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The second meeting of the season between the Vancouver Canucks and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night lacked the drama, the controversial hits, and the accusations of inappropriate trash talk that punctuated the first contest. If you were expecting hostilities to carry over from the first game, you were sorely disappointed. The closest this team got to any heat or shenanigans was when Bobby Farnham dove and drew a silly penalty on Derek Dorsett early in the game. 

Ultimately the Devils were the more rested team and the better side for 40 minutes, Cory Schneider out-duelled Jacob Markstrom and the Canucks squandered too many glorious opportunities in a 3-2 loss. 

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