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Time To Play The Youngsters In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Now, it’s hard to know how management is going to attack this off-season but, as this campaign approaches its depressing conclusion, one thing is clear. The faithful are ready for whatever comes next as long as it’s something different. The Trevor Linden-Jim Benning management team has failed miserably in their stated goal of providing a supporting environment for their younger players, but if they’re waiting for the perfect time to start integrating prospects into the lineup, we might not see Thatcher Demko play a game until he’s 27.

For the Canucks, the future has arrived and if that’s not consistent with, ahem, the larger plan, too bad. The organization can’t possibly expect their fan base to sit through another season like this with the same cast of veterans delivering, presumably, the same results. Those fans want to see what tomorrow looks like. They want to see if there’s any reason to believe in this management team. Whatever runway the Canucks were hoping to build for their prospects has been torn apart by these last three seasons.

The faithful aren’t expecting much. At the very least, they expect to see the kids in the lineup next season.

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Fill In The Blanks Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

You may be aware, for example, the finale of the last three Canucks’ seasons has followed a certain pattern, one which lends itself easily to the boilerplate treatment. The Canucks lose. They lose again. Someone gets injured. They never score. Rinse and repeat.

With that in mind, we offer our latest in this series: The Canucks’ game story from March.

ST. LOUIS (or any of the 30 other NHL cities, this is the beauty of our template) — The Vancouver Canucks dropped a 3-0 decision to the _____ here on ____ night, extending their losing streak to ____ games and their goalless streak to ____ minutes.

The Canucks last scored ____ weeks ago in ____. They now sit ____ in the NHL, just ____ points ahead of the last-place (pick one of Buffalo Sabres or Arizona Coyotes).


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Recently Re-Signed Erik Gudbranson Will Have Shoulder Surgery

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Erik Gudbranson had been playing some of his best hockey of late with a wonky shoulder. He was physical and had two shot blocks against the Kings in Los Angeles on Monday.

However, when he suffered the injury Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh, he missed 12 games and then needed to wear a shoulder brace for protection and to battle through games. Signed to a three-year, $12 million US contract extension on Feb. 20, he was the subject of trade rumours before striking the deal. Gudbranson had five points (2-3) in 53 games, was third in team hits (126), fourth in blocked shots (81) and was logging 18:25 of average ice time.

“He has been playing through it for a long part of the season and he didn’t want to end his season,” said Green. “He wanted to keep playing but felt that this was best long term. You want to see guys battle through injury and he did a good job of it and I thought in the L.A. game he was really good.

“When you’re trying to decide when and if to have surgery, it’s not easy. For him playing with the brace and being a physical guy, I’m sure that weighed in.”

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Vancouver tweet on the topic below...

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The Vancouver Canucks Could Trade Down At The Draft

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It would be cruel to suggest this team might win the Rasmus Dahlin lottery because these, after all, are the Canucks. If that should happen, it would be a total game-changer for this franchise. It might also signal the end of days.

What’s more likely, and interesting, is if the Canucks end up 30th and the possibilities that opens up. After Dahlin, there are three forwards on the top of most boards: Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Tkachuk and Filip Zadina. All three are wingers. All three project as front-liners. But, while the Canucks’ roster has more holes than a bad alibi, none of those three really address their needs.

So we ask, if they do end up picking second to fourth, does that open up a trade-down scenario because the next group features a number of defencemen — which does fill a crying need for the Canucks?

The interesting part here is the four most-often mentioned blue-line prospects — Quinn Hughes, Adam Boqvist, Evan Bouchard and Noah Dobson — all bring something a little different to the party.

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Video- Brock Boeser Injury

via Sportsnet YouTube page,

Brock Boeser initiated contact against Cal Clutterbuck, but the Canucks rookie took the brunt of the force after slamming into the boards. He eventually hobbled off the ice.




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2019 NHL Draft Will Be Held In Vancouver

NHL Draft, Vancouver Canucks, Commissioner

VANCOUVER (Feb. 28, 2018) – The Vancouver Canucks® will host the 2019 NHL Draft™ at Rogers Arena, the National Hockey League, Canucks and City of Vancouver announced today. The 2019 NHL Draft™ will help the Canucks launch their 50th season in the NHL in 2019-20, which will include other special events to commemorate their historic milestone. Vancouver also will play host to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, where some of the top draft-eligible prospects will get a chance to play in Rogers Arena, where they hope to hear their name called on stage in June of 2019. 

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Thomas Vanek Going East To Columbus


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Golden Knights/Canucks Trade


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Quite The Comeback For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

It was a wild, wild game to begin a three-game western Canadian road trip for the Avalanche.

All-star center Nathan MacKinnon, in his second game back from a eight-game injury absence, scored Colorado’s fifth power-play goal of the game in overtime for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. MacKinnon finished with a four-point game, adding three assists....

Colorado finished a remarkable 5-of-6 on the power play; and seven of the game’s eight goals in regulation were scored in the second period....

The Avs climbed to three points within Minnesota for the last Western Conference playoff spot.


Game highlights are below...

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A Three-Year Extension For Erik Gudbranson In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract extension that will carry an average annual value of $4,000,000.

"Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline," said Benning. "His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward."

Gudbranson, 26, has recorded two goals and two assists in 41 games with the Canucks this season. His 99 hits rank third on the team while his 64 blocked shots rank fourth. In 2016.17, the 6-2, 220-pound defenceman recorded six points (1-5-6) and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games in his first season in Vancouver. 

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