January 11 2017 08:00PM
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The Canucks took a savvy, cost-free step towards infusing a blend of youth and skill into their lineup last week when they broke from the company line to place a successful waiver claim on Reid Boucher.
They've left us waiting for the second shoe to drop since, as the Canucks have kept Boucher from their lineup in the three games they've had access to the 23-year-old. Boucher is perfectly healthy, and unlike the situation that befell him and the Canucks ahead of last Wednesday's game, he has a full compliment of gear with which to play. So what gives?
January 11 2017 06:00PM
We've turned the page on another calendar year, which can only mean one thing. You guessed it, it's mid-term prospect rankings again and we're counting down the Canucks 20 best. In this year's edition, the ten lowest ranked prospects will be grouped in pairs; the top ten still get individual profiles.
We created this list based on the consensus of participating contributors, with the only parameters being that the player is Canucks property (meaning players on AHL contracts don't count) and Calder Trophy eligibility next season. This means that players like Troy Stecher, Nikita Tryamkin, and Brendan Gaunce are considered to have graduated.
So, without further ado, here are the 19th and 20th ranked prospects in our consensus rankings.
January 11 2017 04:41PM
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Although the Canucks went on a roll and won six straight games, the stories have not stopped. The Canucks claimed Reid Boucher on waivers with the hopes of scoring goals, while Anton Rodin has ample time to rest his knee sitting in the press box. Two points out of a wild-card spot, and the team is arguably exceeding the low expectations once placed at the beginning of the season, and some fans worry about management potentially sacrificing more of the future to push for a playoff spot.
Earlier today, Jim Benning made his first radio appearance of 2017 to discuss these topics and more.
January 11 2017 11:00AM
Better late than never, right? That's the hope for this week, as I bring you the Canucks Army Monday Mailbag two days later than usual on this glorious Wednesday. My apologies, but technical difficulties made getting this out in time for Monday an unusually difficult task to say the least. With that, let's dive right in.
January 11 2017 09:00AM
The Canucks find themselves in a bit of an odd scenario. They're on a bit of a run, so to speak, having won six in a row before dropping their latest contest in Calgary. That puts them right back in the thick of the playoff hunt, but also in the midst of a rebuild.
Even if the team were to make the playoffs this season, that doesn't mean the rebuild is complete. The Canucks are still in desperate need of young talent, and with expansion looming, would perhaps be best served dealing some of their older players for futures. That is, unless you believe the team can make a serious run.
So, this week's question is, do you deal vets for picks and prospects at the deadline, or hold on to your guys in hopes of making a prolonged postseason push, even if that means losing a good player for nothing?