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Canucks Army Free Agent Profile: Alex Goligoski

Embed from Getty Images Alex Goligoski will be forever linked to the deal that saw him moved from Pittsburgh for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. At the time, the deal was regarded as being a landslide win for Pittsburgh, as they were able to turn one player into two. But that isn’t fair to Goligoski,…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #22 Max Jones

Embed from Getty Images Coming in at 22nd in our consensus draft rankings is Memorial Cup champion Max Jones. Jones is a hard working, hard nosed and gritty power forward who plays an aggressive style that allows him to use his blend of speed, size and skill to wreak havoc on the ice. That can…

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: May 31st

Anything big happen with the Vancouver Canucks this week? I heard something about a trade in these parts. Something about a punishing, physical defender entering the prime of his career, right? But they paid how much?  Oh well, onto the next item. Or several items, I suppose. You’ve got questions and I’ve got something that…

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Keith Yandle

Embed from Getty Images Acquired by the New York Rangers in advance of the 2015 trade deadline, Keith Yandle has yet to live up to his billing as one of the league’s premier puck-movers and offensive defenceman in the city that never sleeps. It’s looking less and less likely that he’ll have the opportunity to…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #23 Pascal Laberge

Embed from Getty Images Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set….

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Milan Lucic

Yes, the time is nearly upon us. Ever since word leaked at last year’s draft that there was mutual interest between the Vancouver Canucks and local boy Milan Lucic, a fierce debate has raged amongst the fan base: should the Canucks be interested? Should we, the fans, be accepting of a key cog of the 2011…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #24 Tage Thompson

Embed from Getty Images Coming in at #24 we have we have the prodigiously sized Tage Thompson. Thompson brings a skill game rarely seen in such a big man and was exceptionally productive for a 17 year old NCAA freshman. That said there are some reasons for concern when it comes to how and when he was…

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Brian Campbell

When you think Brian Campbell, you probably think of his massive contract that the Blackhawks handed to him in 2008 after solid seasons in Buffalo and a strong showing in his limited time in San Jose. He was serviceable in Chicago, but he fell out of favour and many wondered if he would be the victim…

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Why Do We Care About Draft Picks?

Jim Benning has taken a lot of heat in this market over the past year or so, and with good reason. He’s haemorrhaged assets at an alarming rate, been on the losing side of his trades more often than not, and signed a number of players to above-market-value contracts. For a moment, however, I’d like to…

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Canucks Draft Gems Retrospective – Part Two: Dirk Graham

Embed from Getty Images Dirk Graham, Right Wing, 5th round, 89th overall, 1979 Draft Although Ryan Kesler might be the most obvious example of a Canuck draft pick that went on to win the Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL’s best defensive forward, he is by no means the only one. Mike Peca, whose most…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #25: German Rubtsov

The highest ranked Russian forward of the 2016 draft, German Rubtsov seems to be a member of a new breed of European skaters – ones that appear to be groomed for the North American style of game at a young age. While he can put up points, Rubtsov is garnering a lot of attention for…

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Friday Roundtable: Playoffs? Yeah, We’re Talking About Playoffs

Well, if nothing else, the Vancouver Canucks acquisition of Erik Gudbranson signals that they have no designs on rebuilding. Logic be damned. I could quibble with their defiance. I have before, I will again and so will many of the writers included in today’s roundtable. I’m going to pass up on that opportunity, though. For…