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The Optimist’s Jim Benning Report Card For 2018/19

Stephan Roget is a Jim Benning apologist. A “meat and potatoes” cultist. A shill for the Acquilini Investment group! This author has heard it all before, and so we’ll start with a confession—this article is going to have a pro-Jim Benning bias. It’s not because this author is related to Benning, and they’ve never received…

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Ideal Off-Ice Roles For Some Notable Former Canucks

If the semi-retired team slogan is to be believed, then “We Are All Canucks”—and there doesn’t appear to be a statute of limitations on that distinction. Vancouver fans have a tendency to think of individual players as Canucks long after they’ve left the city—even if said player has gone on to play several seasons in…

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Why Alex Edler Might Test The Market—And Then Sign In Vancouver Anyway

It’s early June, and there’s yet to be any concrete news about the signing of Alex Edler to a new contract—something that once seemed like a foregone conclusion. The longer the process takes, the closer Edler comes to actually hitting the unrestricted free agency market—and that’s where things could get complicated. Jim Benning says the…

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Notable Moments In Canucks History (If Twitter Had Existed Back Then)

Following Sharks’ elimination at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Western Conference Finals, Erik Karlsson took to Twitter in order to pen an ambiguous ode to San Jose. Thank you to the entire @SanJoseSharks organization, fans, and especially teammates. It was a great run that ended too early. But lots of…

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CanucksArmy Year In Review: Ryan Spooner

Heading into the 2019/20 season—and with several players still without contracts—Ryan Spooner currently sits with the seventh-highest cap hit on the Vancouver Canucks roster. $3.1 million is an awful lot for a player who posted three goals and six points for three NHL franchises across 52 games in 2018/19—and it could be worse! Without the…

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A Look At The Mixed Results Of Past 10th Overall Picks

The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is rapidly approaching, and—as this author outlined previously—the chances of the Vancouver Canucks trading up to acquire a higher pick are slim to none. As well, with the draft located in Vancouver, there’s just no way that GM Jim Benning will make the presumably unpopular move of trading down. With…

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The Trade Market For Moving Up At The Draft

The Vancouver Canucks are scheduled to host the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on June 21 and 22 at Rogers Arena, and they’re currently slated to select 10th overall—their lowest first round selection since selecting Brock Boeser 23rd overall in 2015. The 2019 draft class looks to be a deep one—and there will be multiple high-level…

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 CanucksArmy Year In Review: Derrick Pouliot

On May 8, 2019, the Vancouver Canucks made it official—they would not be making a qualifying offer to retain Derrick Pouliot’s services, and he would be set loose to join the unrestricted free agency market. It’s a move that almost certainly marks the end of Pouliot’s tenure with the organization, and in many ways it…

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The Case For Eliminating The Offside Review

The long-simmering debate over the necessity of the coach’s challenge for offside was ignited once again after May 8’s Game Seven between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche—one that the Sharks won, but only after a goal by Gabriel Landeskog was controversially disallowed. We’re not here to rehash the argument over whether or not…

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Why Loui Eriksson Should Probably Stop Complaining About Travis Green

When it was announced that Loui Eriksson would be joining Elias Pettersson and Jacob Markstrom on Sweden’s entry into the 2019 World Hockey Championships, most fans hoped it would mean an opportunity for Eriksson to refresh his game to a degree—and perhaps even to rediscover his offensive spark. There were even those who hoped that…

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CanucksArmy Year In Review: Jacob Markstrom

It’s debatable whether or not Jacob Markstrom had a career year in 2018/19—his second as the de facto starting goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks. He set a career high in wins with 28 and tied his games played record with 60, but his overall Save Percentage and Goals-Against-Average weren’t anything to write home about—and both…