January 27 2016 05:00PM
When the Canucks resume their regular season schedule on February 4th, following the completion of the All-Star break, there will be two pairs of games being played in Vancouver for essentially the duration of February and they aren't mutually exclusive.
On the ice, they'll have 11 chances to continue their season-long rock fight with their Pacific Division peers. While the Sharks and Ducks appear to have started rounding into a form that'll eventually distinguish themselves from the pack, there's still enough wiggle room there for the improbable nature of hockey to throw a monkey wrench into the playoff race.
Maybe of more interest for our purposes is what'll happen off the ice during that time, with the February 29th trade deadline looming large. While the Canucks have a couple of impending free agents on their books that could be on the way out in the coming weeks, a particular name that seems to be gaining traction these days is Dan Hamhuis.
January 27 2016 03:00PM
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The oft-mentioned former Canucks prospect Anton Rodin is currently injured with a skate cut suffered in practice last week. Rodin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which means his season in Sweden is likely over; although, a return in time for the playoffs hasn't been ruled out. These developments don't seem to have altered the discourse surrounding Rodin, who the Canucks are rumoured to be circling the wagons on.
January 27 2016 02:00PM
Convenience is everything nowadays.
We want everything to be as centralized as possible – with apps, news, etc all in one place – and everything done for us to the largest possible extent. To that end, I’ve taken the initiative to simplify and centralize the very common calculation of a hockey player’s NHLE, by creating a calculator for it. To my knowledge, it’s the first of its kind that is publicly available (this determined by one Google search and quick scan of the results), but I could be wrong.
January 27 2016 01:39PM
Things are starting to pick up in advance of the NHL Trade Deadline. To their credit, the Canucks have already dipped their toes in the water, snatching Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers for Nicklas Jensen.
That was trade was quick to develop, going from rumour to reality in less than a days time. What's more, it involved two pieces that were perhaps on the unexpected side of the spectrum. Although, it's fair to wonder if we should really be surprised anymore by a prospect trade that tilts the scales in Vancouver's favour with Jim Benning at the helm.
I can't help but wonder if any other Canucks pieces are play - for the right price of course. I mean, Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis are brought up with regularity. Could there be any surprises in advance of the trade deadline, though?
Which unexpected pieces do you think could be gone by the deadline? Or for that matter, which off the radar acquisitions could you see the Canucks making? Think outside the box for this one!
January 26 2016 11:54PM
Reinforced and returning from a six-game Eastern road swing, the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Nashville Predators for their final game before heading into the All-Star break.
Brandon Sutter would be making his return to the Canucks lineup, slotting into the Canucks first line in Jared McCann's stead and picked up right where he left off, finishing a great tic-tac-toe passing play with Daniel Sedin for the Canucks opening marker, knotting the game at one heading into the first intermission.
The Canucks took command of the game from that point into the third, dominating the shot clock and controlling the flow of play quite mightily. Some might argue that they were generating a high quantity of shots, without getting many high quality shots, but really, we're just nit-picking there.
Nashville pushed back in the third though, keeping Vancouver off the shot-clock for well over ten minutes (prompting a super neat and sad graphich by Sportsnet). Then the opportunistic Preds took advantage of a sloppy Canucks change and put the gamewinner past Ryan Miller for a 2-1 victory.