November 18 2015 03:58PM
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Travis Hamonic is a very good hockey player, and by all accounts an excellent guy.
For family reasons, the New York Islanders are trying to trade Hamonic, a very good defenseman, to a Western Canadian club, according to an original report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman with TSN's Darren Dreger filling in some crucial blanks. Before we proceed, let's say that we hope for a favourable resolution for Hamonic and his family and wish them all the best, whatever the issue may be.
While we won't speculate on the situation itself, we will delve into what sort of player Hamonic is, and whether the Vancouver Canucks might be a team that makes sense as a trading partner for the Islanders.
November 18 2015 03:00PM
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The Vancouver Canucks will get their most physical defenseman back in the lineup on Wednesday night.
Luca Sbisa, 25, is due to return to the lineup to play his first game in the month of November, the club announced. Though the stay-at-home defender's performance is often ridiculed in the Vancouver market, some of it is fair and more of it isn't, the club has performed poorly in his absence.
Sbisa's return to the lineup will send his countryman Yannick Weber to the press box, and will scramble up Vancouver's power-play combinations, which may be a good thing at this point.
November 18 2015 02:06PM
There was no shortage of debate in the off-season about what path the Canucks should be taking this season. Should they build for the future, or push for wins in the present? The Canucks chose to try to do both at the same time, to the chagrin of many of their most vocal fans. It can’t be done, they said, either throw in the towel and tank or go all in.
Instead, the Canucks found what appeared to be a happy medium. They cut loose a number of veterans and infused the team with youth and lo and behold, they saw immediate results. The Canucks, without ever using the term, were rebuilding, and they were winning at the same time.
This is Vancouver though, so naturally it’s all gone horribly wrong. The Canucks seem to have lost the ability to win, which is super for the draftist crowd. Unfortunately, they aren’t tanking properly either.
November 18 2015 12:00PM
A new day, a new opponent. Will the Canucks strategically piece together a 60-minute effort or will we fall victim to "moral victories, building and frustration" yet again? The Canucks face the Jets in Winnipeg and they will get back some key minutes in Burrows. Winnipeg is a fun team to play and their fans will most definitely bring it. It would be great to pull a win out tonight.
November 18 2015 10:04AM
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The hockey gods just won't lay off of Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata.
Vrbata, 34, has been one of the most effective volume shooters in hockey this year, but he just can't buy a goal. And now it seems that the veteran forward may be a bit banged up, as he missed the club's game-day skate at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB on Wednesday morning, the club announced.
On its own, a player missing a game-day skate isn't much of anything to worry about. Usually the coach says it's maintenance, and we go on with our merry lives. That Vrbata's absence coincides with a roster move - the club reassigned AHL leading scorer Hunter Shinkaruk to the American Hockey League and recalled Alexandre Grenier on Wednesday - would suggest that there may be more than just maintenance going on in this case.