April 22 2013 12:24PM
Frankie Corrado is many things and I'm sure his story will be told by somebody with access over the coming days. He was one of the last cuts to the Canadian World Junior team, a late-blooming fifth-round pick from 2011 and an ex-Sudbury Wolf who was traded to the Kitchener Rangers at the OHL trade deadline this season. He is also too old to have a name with "-ie" tagged onto the end of it. Most importantly for our purposes, he is a right-shooting defenceman now on a roster that has little.
This is a particularly thin roster the Canucks have on defence right now, stretched thinner thanks to injuries to Kevin Bieksa, Chris Tanev, and now Keith Ballard. Tanev and Bieksa are the unfortunate injuries and who knows how long Bieksa's "day-to-day" will last.
April 22 2013 11:12AM
In Part I of Episode I of our relaunched podcast, we chatted with Dan Murphy and Jason Botchford about a whole variety of Canucks related topics. In Part II, the dramatic conclusion, Jason Botchford and I talk about the prospect of a Bure number retirement, Mason Raymond's ability to produce in the postseason and how and when we'll see the Roberto Luongo saga come to an end.
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April 22 2013 10:31AM
Grab a pal and listen to the Canucks Army podcast. All the cool Naslunds are doing it!
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick
Hey so here's a spot of cool Canucks Army news: we're relaunching our podcast in advance of the postseason!
The plan is drop an episode every week, though we may produce more audio content depending on the ebb and flow of Canucks news. In today's premiere episode, we're joined by Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford, and Sportsnet host and reporter Dan Murphy.
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April 22 2013 09:56AM
Image uncredited via FrankieCorrado.blogspot.com
Following Chicago's elimination from Calder Cup playoff contention, the Canucks have called up Frank Corrado, according to Chicago Wolves General Manager Wendell Young and theAHL.com's transaction page. The team hasn't announced the move with a media release yet, but hell, it's early on Monday morning and we can be pretty confident that'll come later in the day.
Frank Corrado has had a bit of a whirlwind season. The young two-way defenceman nearly made the Canadian world junior championship team in December, he was the only Canucks major junior player who was invited to training camp this past January, and he was traded from the Sudbury Wolves team he captained to the Kitchener Rangers in midseason. Through it all, his stock as a prospect has risen appreciably and it wouldn't be a surprise if he made his NHL debut at some point this week.
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April 21 2013 12:33PM
Cory Schneider: the man of the hour.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick NHLI/via Getty
The Canucks clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, in a shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings, thanks almost entirely to Cory Schneider. It was a superhuman performance for the young netminder, who by himself is enough of a reason why opposing teams might prefer to avoid the Canucks in the first round.
Unfortunately for the Canucks, and their fans, the list of reasons to want to avoid a playoff series against the Canucks is otherwise diminishing. The back-end is banged up, the even-strength play has been mostly subpar since the trade deadline, and the middle of Vancouver's lineup - and the third line in particular - has offered the opposition only token resistance over the past ten or so days.
Yep it was an ugly win on Hockey Night in Canada for the Canucks. Read past the jump.