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Comparing The Team’s October 2018 Performance With That Of Past Octobers

October of 2018 has come and gone and the Vancouver Canucks have defied all odds—ending the month at the very top of the Pacific Division standings. Enthusiastic—if cautious—optimism is running rampant in Vancouver, with visions of playoff berths dancing in fans’ heads. The hype is real, but it does raise the question of whether this…

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Laying The Odds On The Next ‘Ring Of Honour’ Inductee

The Vancouver Canucks recently announced that Henrik and Daniel Sedin will have their jerseys retired during the 2019/20 season—a ceremony that will no doubt be the centerpiece of the celebration of the team’s 50th year. One gets the feeling, however, that the anniversary season will contain a number of smaller-scale festivities, and the rather empty…

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Nikita Tryamkin Struggling In KHL, Stripped Of Captaincy

At the beginning of the 2018/19 KHL season, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg announced that the 24-year-old Nikita Tryamkin would be taking over as team captain. It was a presumably happy day for the defenseman-in-exile, but the news was considerably less well-received by the fanbase of the Vancouver Canucks. Many fans assumed that Avtomobilist making such a clear…

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Matheson’s Hit On Pettersson Was Retaliation For Pettersson’s Superior Skill–And Canuck Fans Should Be Very, Very Upset About It

There’s a lot of emotion in the Vancouver Canucks fanbase right now, and it’s no mystery as to why. Rookie superstar Elias Pettersson—the saviour of the franchise—was injured last night after receiving a stiff check and a veritable bodyslam from Michael Matheson of the Florida Panthers—and nothing happened in response to it. While Canuck fans…

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Don’t Worry, Sam Gagner Is Still Going To Be Traded

Alright, look. I get it. You don’t have to say it. When a writer makes their debut on CanucksArmy with an article exploring the Trade Market for Sam Gagner, and a week later Sam Gagner clears waivers, it doesn’t look great. GM Jim Benning even confirmed that he had shopped Gagner around the league and…

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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…