Babych Please - May 14th, 2015

Grainne Downey
May 14 2015 10:00AM

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A team led by Henrik and coached by Alain Vigneault has advanced to the third round! Tanner Glass is present! Squint and the red of the New York Rangers jerseys may just start looking green and the 2015 on your calendar may look close enough to a 2011! Except that it is indeed 2015 and everything is bleak.

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Canucks will look to trade Lack if he's not part of their long-term plan

Thomas Drance
May 13 2015 11:52AM

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Does Eddie Lack fit into the Vancouver Canucks' long-term plans?

The Canucks and their old friend Kurt Overhardt, the polarizing player agent who represents Lack, have discussed the possibility of a contract extension. If the numbers don't make sense though, or if the club decides to go in another direction, they're open to dealing the 27-year-old netminder at the NHL Entry Draft.

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Rebuilding on the Fly - Part 3 - UFA Forward Targets

money puck
May 13 2015 10:00AM

In the first part of this series, I contemplated how the Canucks could achieve their "rebuild on the fly" goal of winning now while incrementally moving towards becoming a contender again. I argued that the Canucks should look to move Chris Higgins, the rights to Shawn Matthias, and 2016 UFA's Radim Vrbata, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis in exchange for draft picks (2 x late 1sts, 2 x 2nds, a 5th and a prospect) and $16.6M in cap space. 

In the second part of the series, I took a look at free agents who could help fill the gaps left by the theoretical trades of Hamhuis and Bieksa. Specifically, any number of Barret Jackman, Zbynek Michalek, Cody Franson, and David Schlemko. 

In this section, I'll address the holes left up front. 

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Canucks Sign Mackenze Stewart to ELC - First Impressions

Rhys Jessop
May 12 2015 03:43PM

As reported this afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to an entry level contract with their 2014 7th round pick, Mackenze Stewart. At the time he was drafted, we were baffled by the Stewart pick as he was completely off the draft radar as a re-entry player, and showed absolutely no statistical indication he'd ever be ready for NHL duty. Well one year later, has enough changed that Stewart appears to be a good bet to hold down an NHL job in some capacity? Has he taken significant strides to build himself into a legitimate prospect for the Canucks?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is an absolutely baffling move that makes little to no sense, not only from a statistical standpoint, but from a scouting perspective as well. Read past the jump to find out why signing Stewart was such an odd move for the Canucks, and a head-scratcher for the scouting community.

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Rebuilding on the Fly - Part 2 - UFA Defense Targets

money puck
May 11 2015 03:31PM

In the first part of this series, I contemplated how the Canucks could achieve their "Rebuild on the Fly" goal of winning now while incrementally moving towards becoming a contender again. I argued that the Canucks should look to move Chris Higgins, the rights to Shawn Matthias, and 2016 UFA's Radim Vrbata, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis in exchange for draft picks (2 x late 1st, 2 x 2nds, a 5th and a prospect) and free up $16.6M in cap space. 

Many of the comments from the initial post were around the hole left on defense, with the departures of Bieksa and Hamhuis. In this part, I'll look at the RFAs the Canucks should resign and UFAs the Canucks should target, with a focus on replacing Hamhuis and Bieksa with experienced defensemen who can help mentor the younger members of the Canucks defensive corps. 

Read past the jump to see how Vancouver can address their defensive issues this offseason.

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