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Fixing the Fourth Line: The Left Wing

 Tanner Glass – Wikicommons Media It has been a while since the Canucks have had a consistent trio of players on the fourth forward unit. Max Lapierre, for the most part, has played the role as fourth line center since coming over at the 2011 trade deadline, but to say that he has seen a…

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Trading Alex Edler: Who to Target (Part III)

Loui Eriksson – Wikimediacommons In the final installment of the Alex Edler trade series, we take a look at one more forward who the Canucks could target if they do end up shopping the big Swedish defenseman this summer. Here were the previous posts:

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Coaching Candidate Profile: Dallas Eakins

Dallas Eakins – Wikimedia commons The Canucks have requested permission to interview Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins, the request was more a formality than anything that was required, and he’s seen as a leading candidate to succeed Alain Vigneault behind the Canucks bench. Eakins has been the head coach for Toronto’s AHL affiliate (the Toronto…

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Trading Alex Edler: Who to Target (Part II)

Eberle/Oshie – Wikimedia commons On Thursday, we looked at two potential trade targets should the Canucks choose to shop skilled defenseman Alex Edler. Let’s look at a few more today. Before we begin, though, I wanted to get to a few more things about trading (or not trading) Edler. As I mentioned on Thursday, his…

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Trading Alex Edler – Who to Target?

Bobby Ryan – Michael Miller Wikicommons The reason Alex Edler’s name is popping up in trade speculation isn’t because he is bad. On the contrary – of all Vancouver skaters, he arguably has the highest trade value. Smart teams would probably prefer Dan Hamhuis to Edler, but Edler is younger, bigger, and puts up better…

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Bigger? Faster? Younger? Tougher? How About Better?

There isn’t one single way to win in the NHL.  NHL teams often look to the recent Stanley Cup Champion(s) for some insight into how to construct a winning roster. The Washington Capitals went away from their successful run-and-gun strategy because a defensive Montreal team stymied them back in 2010. Washington finally found success again…

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Big Changes Coming? Five Core Canucks Who Could Be Traded

Last weekend, I shared some thoughts on the five most valuable Canucks. The list was met with some criticism (mostly – why did I even make it?), as many wondered the point to rank players that will likely never get traded. First off – if Wayne Gretzky can get traded (sold), than any player can…

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Top Five Trade Values on the Canucks

Grantland and ESPN’s Bill Simmons recently published his 2013 edition of his top 50 NBA trade value rankings. I “borrowed” the idea last year and ranked the top 50 NHL trade values, and will be doing the same in a few months once the Stanley Cup has been awarded. And I’m going to use the…

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Digesting Yet Another Disappointing Finish

We will have ample time this spring and summer to analyze what went wrong with the Canucks in 2013. Mike Gillis is a patient man, and I would expect him to remain that way for the coming weeks before making any decisions. Emotions are very high once again after a miserable postseason performance in Vancouver,…

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Quick Fixes for Game 3 in San Jose

Although they are down two games to none in the series at this moment, the Canucks have played pretty solid hockey for the most part (outside of Wednesday’s first and third periods). However, I am not really sure if that is a positive, or not. The fact that they have generated three goals in 120…

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A Look at the Best CBC Pregame Montages

Ray Ferraro, Chris Cuthbert, and the rest of the TSN crew did a phenomenal job calling Game 1. Ferraro is one of the best colour guys in the business, while CBC likely rues the day they let Cuthbert jump ship over to TSN. That being said, we are now missing out on the awesome CBC…

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Five Potential Areas for Concern in Canuck-Land

Be afraid Canucks fans, be very afraid. The Canucks enter the postseason as the Northwest Division champs for the fifth consecutive year, and the current core has been through a lot together over those five years – lots of highs (San Jose Game 5, Chicago Game 7), and lots of lows (Boston Game 7, the…