August 21 2015 02:00PM
Kirk McLean arrived in Vancouver in a trade with New Jersey (the first trade for both Pat Quinn and Lou Lamoriello), arriving in Vancouver along with Greg Adams (the good one). Headed the other way was Patrick Sundstrom with some picks going either way as sweeteners.
This deal was the first of many that built the Canucks into the dangerous team that went to the Finals in '94. Sundstrom was a good player and all, and in fact held the Canucks franchise record at the time for most points in a season with 91, and he went on to have a few more decent seasons in New Jersey. But by the time 1994 rolled around, Sundstrom was out of the league, Adams was a first line winger and Kirk McLean was already the greatest goaltender the Canucks had ever had.
August 21 2015 12:00PM
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Canucks fans have spent a considerable amount of time over the past couple months debating the recent moves made by management. The individual complaints are fairly wide reaching, but a lot of our concern comes down to a high degree of skepticism around management's plan of rebuilding on the fly.
Read on for the conclusion to our series on Building a Contender.
August 21 2015 10:00AM
In his three years since being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, Nicklas Jensen has never slipped outside the top five of Canucks Army's annual prospect rankings. As recently as a year ago, Jensen registered as high as fifth.
Whether this was an indictment of the dearth of prospects within the Canucks stable (it was) or a testament to Jensen's potential (that too), it bears mentioning as we reflect on a development trend that's taken a turn for the worse over the past year.
Selected 29th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jensen is running out of time to show his mettle as an everyday-caliber NHL player. Jensen also happens to check in at eleventh in our organizational prospect rankings!
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August 21 2015 06:45AM
Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen
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August 20 2015 04:30PM
Canucks fans don't want another goaltending controversy. The fanbase - shaken, perhaps, by the events of the past three years and painfully aware that all it’s going to take for a Ryan Miller/Jacob Markstrom controversy to heat up is a single hot or cold streak - would probably wecome some peace, quiet and stability in net for about a decade.
The bad news is that we’re probably going to be dealing with another one of these goalie battles in a couple of years. The good news is that Thatcher Demko’s upside appears to be worth the eventual re-aggravation.