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How Could It Not Be A Goal?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

But whenever Vancouver fans think of Sunday’s game, it won’t be for Schaller scoring a deuce or Josh Leivo sniping the shootout winner. It will be for rookie Elias Pettersson being denied a second-period goal when Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin foiled Pettersson on a second-period penalty shot by throwing his stick straight into the Swede’s feet.

Despite clear wording in the NHL rulebook that a goal should have been awarded automatically on Khudobin’s stick toss, referees Justin St. Pierre and Tim Peel, positioned on each side of the net with unobstructed side views of the play, called nothing except a save.

When Canucks coach Travis Green, after watching replays, disbelievingly asked St. Pierre before the ensuing faceoff why it wasn’t a goal, the referee shrugged and made a motion with his hand apparently demonstrating that Khudobin poke-checked Pettersson.

Before we proceed further, let’s make something clear: the Canucks are not going to the playoffs, haven’t won enough games to deserve to go, and are again in garbage time when blown calls – for and against them – hardly matter.

But blown calls should matter to the NHL, and this one was embarrassing. Not quite as embarrassing as former referee Denis Morel allowing Winnipeg Jet Nelson Emerson to catch a puck behind the Chicago net, carry it to the post and drop it with his hand over the goal-line for a game-winning goal during the 1993 season. But it wasn’t far off.


Missed it, watch the play here.

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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For An Elbow


Watch the elbow on Pettesson below.

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Video- Antoine Done For The Season With A Knee Injury

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Roussel suffering a knee injury after being dropped in the second period by a head shot from Brendan Lemieux, who was assessed a match penalty for targeting the head....

The Roussel loss is a brutal blow to his career season and being the club’s moral compass.

The gritty winger was cutting to the net in the second period when he was dropped by an elbow to the head and twisted and fell to the ice on his knee. The unrestricted free agent acquisition had a career-high 31 points (9-22) and his loss will hamper the Canucks on the ice and in the room in their remaining games.

more on the Canucks including Quinn Hughes in a walking boot....

Watch the Lemieuz hit below...

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Quinn Hughes And The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He will burn the first year of his entry-level contract when he plays his first game. And the left-shot blueliner can only play 10 games the remainder of this season so he doesn’t have to be protected for the Seattle expansion draft in 2021. If he exceeds 10 games, he would be a third-year player by 2021 and need to be included on the protected list.

That’s the boiler-plate stuff. What everyone is anxious to see is the on-ice stuff.

If the right-shot Chis Tanev returns after missing 11 games with an ankle injury, he would pair well with Hughes. So would Troy Stecher. And Travis Green said he’d play Hughes “as much as I can.”

Hughes had 33 points (5-28) in 30 games this season with the disappointing 13-18-7 Wolverines. His eye-popping array of puck-moving wizardry — especially mobility to avoid the first forechecker with elite edge work — will be a boon to the back end. So will his ability to run a plodding and predictable power play that has sunk to 29th overall.

“He can snap passes or change the angle on his shot to get them through, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” added Benning. “It’s a big step. I told him come in, work hard, don’t be nervous and do the things you’re capable of doing and I expect him to do that.”


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Quinn Hughes Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Quinn Hughes to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"Quinn is an exceptional skater, strong on the puck and plays with creativity and vision," said Benning. "He was a leader on his team at the University of Michigan and has had success at the international level. We're excited for Quinn to join our team and continue to grow his game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks."

Hughes, 19, completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the NCAA Big Ten Conference. He ranked first on the team in scoring with 33 points (5-28-33) in 32 games played this season, following up a rookie campaign of 29 points (5-24-29) in 37 games.

On the international stage, Hughes participated in the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2019 as an Assistant Captain.

The 5-10, 170-pound defenceman was drafted by Vancouver 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Hughes will to travel to Vancouver on Tuesday.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Had A 2-0 Lead, Lose In OT To The Vancouver Canucks

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Frederik Andersen’s concentration broke for a split second.

That was all Alexander Edler required to send the Maple Leafs to an overtime loss on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman snapped a shot past Andersen at 3:11 of the extra period, giving the Canucks a come-from-behind 3-2 victory before a boisterous crowd of 18,871 that featured more than a few Leafs sweaters.

“Of course, I want to save that one,” Andersen said. “I thought I took my eyes off it a little bit too quick, thinking about the next play. It dipped on me a little bit, it’s one that I got to stop. I thought we deserved more, but that happens.”

For the first time this season, the Leafs failed to win when leading after two periods as a 2-0 lead was erased by the Canucks. Toronto is 32-0-1 when leading after two, and it was the NHL last team to be perfect in that situation.


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Erik Gudbranson Going To Pittsburgh

Not official yet.


added 3:31pm,



added 4:25pm, Vancouver release is below.

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Playing Against Eilias Pettersson

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Brock Boeser can’t pinpoint the precise moment it started, but as he makes his way through this NHL season as Elias Pettersson’s wingman, he’s noticed a not-so-subtle change in the way other teams play the Canucks’ prize rookie.

Take the most recent trip to California. In Anaheim, a scrum breaks out in front of Vancouver’s net and the first person Ryan Kesler grabs is, guess who? A night later in Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar, a former Lady Byng winner, is giving Pettersson some extra love.

Thursday night against Phoenix, Pettersson exchanges whacks with Conor Garland and eventually shoulders the Coyotes’ forward to the ice.

“If there’s a scrum, they’re always grabbing Petey,” Boeser says. “They’re trying to get under his skin, but he does a good job of not worrying about it. He still plays his game.”

It’s suggested to Boeser that Petterson’s limited English might be a good thing during these moments.

“I don’t know,” he says with a laugh. “I think he knows what most guys say, but he looks at me and we just laugh it off. You expect that stuff to happen.”


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Vancouver Trades Sam Gagner To Edmonton For Ryan Spooner


added 1:01pm, Edmonton release is below.

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New York Rangers Trade Goaltender Marek Mazanec To The Vancouver Canucks

NEW YORK, February 12, 2019 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Marek Mazanec.

Mazanec was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on December 6, 2017. He appeared in 40 games with the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, over parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19).

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