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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: July 31st – Part Deux

Do the Canucks make a big push for Will Butcher? Do you want a guy who abandoned the team he was drafted from? — Spencer Village (@SpencerVillage) July 30, 2017 I can’t say with any certainty whether the Canucks will pursue Will Butcher when he fits unrestricted free agency. They should consider putting the full…

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: July 31st

Who has better chances of turning it around next year. Nucks or Jays? — Aureleo Reyes (@seyerpa) July 30, 2017 I’m no baseball expert, but I have a pretty good handle on this hockey thing. I don’t know how realistic the chances of the Toronto Blue Jays bouncing back are, but I know the Vancouver…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Metropolitan Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Hurricanes looked to solve their goaltending issue, the Penguins worked to keep their Cup-winning core intact, the Capitals lost an exodus of good…

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Plays of the Week: July 23rd-July 29th

It was another quiet week, although the Canucks did make quite a few changes within their scouting department. Having inherited the staff from the previous regime, the new additions and subtractions mark the official overhaul by Jim Benning’s group. Only time will tell with regards to how picks will turn out, but this is a…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next…

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Babych Please – July 28, 2017

The Canucks aren’t good at everything, but they are great at being dads! The Canucks have a knack for picking up amiable Swedish back-up goaltenders. Anders Nilsson’s son turned two this week and Anders made sure that Spiderman attended the party. The Instagram caption was too adorable: Happy 2nd birthday to my beloved son. What…

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The Roundup

The Oilers rocked out at Eberle’s wedding, Canucks make changes to front office, the clock is ticking on an arena deal in Calgary, a look at the summer in the Central and Pacific divisions, Mitch Marner, Mike Smith, and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Should the Canucks Pursue Pending Free Agent Defenceman Will Butcher?

For the second consecutive summer, a Hobey Baker Award winner is hitting unrestricted free agency after finishing their senior season without an entry-level contract to call their own. This year it’s University of Denver standout defender and Colorado Avalanche draftee Will Butcher who’s holding court. BREAKING: Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher to test open market…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Central Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Blackhawks went through another renaissance and brought back some familiar faces, the Predators added to one of the best young cores in the…

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WWYDW: Jake Virtanen

JD hit the airwaves earlier this week to talk about some of the Canucks’ young bubble players and what the opening night roster will look like. JD and fill-in host Jason Botchford found a lot of common ground, but disagreed on the future of former first-rounder Jake Virtanen. Virtanen looked good in his rookie season…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Pacific Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Coyotes took a major step forward into actually contending, the Ducks navigated nicely through the expansion draft, the Flames continued their search for…