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Trade Market: Steady Yet Fragile Blueline Stud Edition

The 2018/19 season is off to about as optimistic a start as the Vancouver Canucks could have hoped for, but there’s every reason to believe that the good times won’t last. Most prognosticators—and fans—predict that the Canucks are in for a tough season, and that means that discussion around the team will eventually shift toward…

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Brendan Gaunce: The Story Of A Perfectly Average Draft Pick

With his clearing of waivers on Saturday, it seems likely that Brendan Gaunce’s NHL career has more-or-less come to an end. Sitting at 114 games in the big league, the former first round pick might seem like a bust, but the numbers paint a different picture. In actuality, Gaunce is a perfectly average representation of…

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Is Horvat Ready?: A Case Study in Captaincy Comparables

Many fans and pundits have taken it upon themselves to debate whether or not the 23-year-old Bo Horvat is ready for the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks, but the discussion has been speculative at best. The general fear is that—in naming Horvat captain too early—the team will stunt his development and hinder his ascension as…

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The Potential Whipping Boys Of Your 2018/19 Vancouver Canucks

The term “whipping boy” comes from potentially apocryphal reports of young servants being raised alongside European princes for the sole purpose of absorbing that prince’s corporal punishment. After all, the prince is meant to represent the entire country, and one can’t go around whipping entire countries. In terms of hockey, the phrase is used to…

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Exploring The Trade Market For The Canucks’ Extraneous Forwards

Much has already been written about the glut of forwards on the Vancouver Canucks roster, and the potential consequences thereof. As it stands, the Canucks are essentially faced with a decision between trading a veteran forward—most likely Markus Granlund or Sam Gagner—or risking a young player like Nikolay Goldobin or Brendan Leipsic on waivers. While…