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Deep Dive: Breaking down why Derrick Pouliot’s game is so inconsistent

Coming into this season trotting out the same blueline as last year, the Canucks needed some of the younger players on their backend to take a step forward. More specifically, Travis Green was left wanting more from Ben Hutton and Derrick Pouliot. “I thought Derrick and Hutty weren’t on top of their game (last year),”…

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Beware of what a defenceman’s points are(and aren’t) telling you

Points totals aren’t always entirely reflective of a defenceman’s offensive contributions. As counterintuitive as this sounds, it begins to make more sense when you examine the fundamental reason as to why we care about them in the first place. People value points because we’re led to believe that the more a player collects, the better…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Darren Archibald

It’s often said that sorting by most hits on a team should find you the worst possession players. After all, you have to be chasing the puck to actually make a hit in the first place. Darren Archibald proved that theory true for the Canucks; leading the club’s eligible forwards with three hits per game…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Brendan Gaunce

The offseason signings of Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Tim Schaller have put Brendan Gaunce firmly behind the eight ball as it pertains to an NHL roster spot. Others have already highlighted how these additions exacerbated a roster logjam and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Gaunce as one of the first casualties of the numbers…

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Deep Dive: How did Brandon Sutter fare as the team’s shutdown centre?

As ironic as it sounds, Brandon Sutter’s biggest supporters are probably the ones doing him the most harm as it pertains to his public reputation. Whether it be the lucrative extension he was given, the “foundational” label he was branded with, or the peculiar on-ice situations he’s been deployed in, it always seems as if…

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Canucks Army Year In Review: Nic Dowd

Travis Green’s insistence on running a shutdown line coupled with injuries to Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat to create a tremendous opportunity for Nic Dowd. The 27-year-old centre averaged over 15 minutes a night over a 14 game stretch that lasted even after Sutter’s return to the lineup. That the Canucks let Dowd walk this…

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Analyzing the Odds of Jake Virtanen Developing Into a Top-9 Forward

The free-agency frenzy has long passed with the Canucks emerging once more as active players. All in all, the team committed just shy of $8-million in annual average value and multi-year commitments for three depth players. The problem? While each of their signings provides varying degrees of grit and defensive acumen, none of them can…

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Four Free-Agents the Canucks Should Target

Free-agency hasn’t been the kindest of times for the Canucks under Jim Benning. Two years ago they inked Loui Eriksson to a mammoth 36 million dollar contract; one that will handcuff the team for another four years. Last offseason’s acquisitions weren’t nearly as costly, but with the exception of Thomas Vanek, none of them worked…

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Report: Canucks Are Front-Runners For Jay Beagle

The Canucks are one step closer to bolstering their centre ice depth, rumoured as the front-runners for the services of Jay Beagle. Multiple teams in on Jay Beagle but looks like VAN is front runner to land the UFA centre who is expected to leave WSH for a multi-year deal on July 1. — Bob…

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Analyzing Four Centres the Canucks Could Target

The reality of life after the Sedins is finally starting to set in and it’s a grim one to be sure. Say what you want about their decline, but the Twins were productive offensive players to the very end of their careers, combining for 105 points in 2017/18. In the short term, Henrik’s loss has…

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Derrick Pouliot Not Qualified By Canucks, Set to Become UFA

The Canucks appear to have taken a step towards addressing their logjam on left defence, choosing not to tender an $840,000 qualifying offer to 24-year-old Derrick Pouliot. The #Canucks did NOT qualify the contract of D Derrick Pouliot who is now a UFA. The 2 sides do continue to talk about a 1 year deal…