May 18 2016 01:00PM
Before the Vancouver Canucks can chart a course for their off-season, they will have to decide what to do with Dan Hamhuis. The 32-year-old, reliable stay-at-home defenceman is a pending unrestricted free agent and as such likely to receive considerable interest on the open market -- the type that usually leads to a lucrative contract.
The Canucks can afford that contract, whatever it may be. They've less than $60-million spent against the salary cap for next season -- though I'd temper any optimism therein with the sober fact that they've many, many holes to plug with that money.
So the question then becomes whether they should sign that contract, whatever it may be. We can answer those and more questions, on the other side of the jump.
May 18 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks acquired Markus Granlund for the price of Hunter Shinkaruk because they didn't have room for the latter on their left wing going forward. You can quibble with whether the Canucks lost the better player until the cows come home, but the real irony here is that they didn't have room down the middle, either.
Henrik Sedin, Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, Linden Vey and Jared McCann already accounted for the middle of Vancouver's lineup. Add Granlund to the mix and we're talking about six centres for a grand total of four openings. Something's gotta give. That something likely starts with the Canucks not qualifying Vey. But then what?
Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins hasn't ruled out the possibility of sending his younger players to the Utica Comets next season to help with their development. Was McCann one of the players he had in mind?
For your sake, though, the question is whether he should be sent down next season or not. Are there alternatives? Let your voice be heard!
May 18 2016 07:00AM
The 18-year-old centre Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors checks in at 35th on the Nation Network prospect rankings. Howden brings a 200-foot game to the table and has exceptional play-making abilities to boot.
Take a look and see what the 2016 eligible draftee has to offer.
May 17 2016 06:30PM
Photo credit: Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
The Canucks have long since stopped playing hockey, as have all of their prospects. While the world championships and Stanley Cup playoffs are still going, Vancouver hockey is very much in summer mode. And it is in summertime that we hockey bloggers begin to tell tales of odd happenings in the sports world that are only tenuously tied to our team.
Such is the case in this tangled web of a story that technically involves Canucks prospects Brock Boeser and Troy Stecher. The NCAA champion University of North Dakota men's hockey team will be honoured by the local Major League Baseball team this coming weekend - read on to find out why residents of Boeser's home state of Minnesota are losing their s#@& over this.
May 17 2016 04:42PM
Hey guys, it's Cat Silverman, NM00's favorite Canucks Army sometimes-contributor!
With head coach Willie Desjardins still in town, TSN Radio Vancouver got a chance to catch up with the somewhat polarizing bench boss earlier today - and he certainly didn't beat around the bush with his thoughts on next year.