7 Canucks players making their mark at the World Championships

Embed from Getty Images ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – After a disappointing early end to their 2015-16 NHL season, seven members of the Vancouver Canucks got the call from their respective national teams to play for their countries at this year’s World Championship. As the tournament’s preliminary round approaches its midpoint, here’s a rundown of how…

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Why I Can’t Embrace the Tank

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports To paraphrase the 2006 pop hit by the Scissor Sisters, “I don’t feel like tankin’, no sir, no tankin’ today.” There’s a popular train of thought among Canucks fans these days that the team’s best course of action this season is to aim for a last-place finish in the standings…

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Why the Canucks’ Stubbornness Could Cost them a Playoff berth

Photo Credit: James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Change is Coming. That’s the marketing message the Vancouver Canucks used to usher in the new era of Trevor Linden, Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins during the summer of 2014. “Trader Jim” initially lived up to the billing with his high-profile trade of Ryan Kesler and free-agent signings of Ryan Miller and Radim…

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5 Reasons the Sedins Are Playing Their Best Hockey in Years

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports Daniel and Henrik Sedin have forged a unique path through their pro hockey careers. For the past month, the twins have been the single biggest reason why the Canucks are hanging in the Pacific Division playoff hunt. Here’s why they look so good this season.

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A Wicked Schedule Weighs Down the Canucks’ First Half

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports On Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Bo Horvat took the last shot of the Vancouver Canucks’ just-completed four-game road trip at the 1:44 mark of the third period. From there, the Canucks hung on by their fingernails as the Kings fired 16 shots on Jacob Markstrom. The last…

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Will the Canucks Qualify for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Photo Credit: Bob Frid/USA TODAY Sports It’s U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, and the Vancouver Canucks are in position to make the playoffs. For all the challenges the Canucks have faced through their first 23 games, that’s not a bad start for a group that got no respect from the prognosticators in preseason polls. Here’s a sample of some…

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Should the Canucks trade their pending unrestricted players at the deadline?

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night inadvertently offered an sneak peek into the future of the franchise. The weary road warriors iced a lineup that did not include Radim Vrbata, Brandon Prust or Yannick Weber—all unrestricted free agents (UFAs) at the end of this season. Will…

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The next Canucks goalie controversy is already brewing

Photo Credit: Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports Ryan Miller’s a marked man. The Vancouver Canucks No. 1 netminder started the new season in fine form, but an 0-3-1 record in his last four games, combined with a brutal .867 save percentage during that span and plenty of finger-pointing along the way, means that Miller is once again about to feel…

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5 Things to Watch For On the Canucks’ Upcoming Road Trip

Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports Hit the Road, Jack Jake. And Jared. And Daniel and Henrik and everyone else. The team charter has touched down in Buffalo. Over the next 12 days, the Canucks will play seven games in seven cities in two countries and two time zones on their longest road trip of the season. The…