Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks
What does it take to build a true bonafide Stanley Cup contender? There really are countless aspects that factor into creating a roster and hiring the right personnel for the task. And while I think we can all agree that top notch goaltending, defensive depth, shrewd coaching and a gritty, solid supporting cast to surround your top-end skilled players are all aspects that go a long way in creating championship-caliber team, those are just a few of the broad characterizations of what it takes to build a capable Stanley Cup contending team. (more…)
The 2014-2015 edition of the Vancouver Canucks have for the most part been a pleasant surprise (the recent 5 game losing streak aside), which can be attributed to, among other things, the return to playing an up tempo brand that better suits the teams identity. And, after 32 games (approximately one third the way through the season), I believe we are now officially way passed the time to start over-thinking the season so far – which is exactly what I’ll be doing below as I attempt to grade certain facets of the Canucks season so far. (more…)
As the 2014-15 season creeps near us it’s time to take a look at the teams around the league and predict where they may finish.
Welcome to September, everybody. The month on the NHL calendar where business decisions are finalized, training camp rosters are filled out, and preseason hockey kicks off. There’s been a lot of activity surrounding the Vancouver Canucks in the recent weeks, everything from rookie tournaments to new hot dogs. Here’s all the latest Canucks headlines heading into the preseason.
It’s all part of the plan. Tampa Bay Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman, has been active since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. He did what many didn’t expect; he resigned Ryan Callahan. He bought out Ryan Malone, one of the two biggest problems on the ice. They drafted a very good offensive defenseman in Anthony DeAngelo. Then, on Sunday night, they kept hockey analysts up late with a bevy of trade activity. Today, Yzerman looks to do more. (more…)
The 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia will go down as arguably one of the wildest weekends in Canucks history. Two big name players gone; replaced by four new players and an extra draft pick. Vancouver had seven picks in this year’s draft, including two in the first round which they used to select Jake Virtanen at No.6 and Jared McCann at No.24. Here’s a recap of how the weekend went down. (more…)
Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was spotted having lunch in Vancouver on Tuesday, and soon after sources reported that he had been interviewed by Canucks President Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning for the head coaching job. (more…)