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The Vancouver Canucks Want To Re-Sign Erik Gudbranson

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson is off the trade market. For now.

General manager Jim Benning confirmed to Sportsnet today that he will try to sign the 26-year-old to a contract extension ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. But if contract talks fail in the next couple of weeks, the Canucks will trade Gudbranson rather than lose him as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“He’s a physical, stay-at-home defenceman who helps us,” Benning said. “We have other defencemen who are more puck-moving guys, but we don’t have anyone else with Gudbranson’s style of play.


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Brock Boeser - A Star Is Born

from Ed Wiles of the Vancouver Province,

In the here and now it’s difficult to know what forces Boeser unleashed on his career in Tampa but it’s safe to say something changed during All-Star weekend. As a result of his starring turn, Boeser morphed from a nice regional story for the Canucks to a verifiable phenom in the hockey world.

He was all over NBC’s and CBC’s coverage of the … er … mid-season classic. Go to the ESPN website and there’s Boeser. He’s there in The Sporting News and The Hockey News. Type the words Brock Boeser and All-Star Game MVP into a search engine and you get 95,700 matches. Then there’s that great picture of Boeser that ran everywhere, the shiny new star standing in front of his shiny new car for being named the game’s MVP.

The money was nice, too. On top of everything else, Boeser cashed in a winning lottery ticket in Florida this weekend, taking in around US$600,000 in prize money, bonuses and other trinkets.


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Ken Holland To Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks might be headed for a five-day break but the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports never rests.

• The media, like nature, abhors a vacuum and the longer Jim Benning’s contractual situation goes unresolved, the louder the conjecture will grow about his future.

As of this writing, the most popular scenario is Detroit GM Ken Holland, who’s also on the last year of his deal, moving to Vancouver as the hockey overlord in a restructured organization. That would leave a role for Benning in player personnel. It would also add that thing which has been missing from the Canucks’ front office since Trevor Linden and Benning were hired: the experienced voice of an executive with championship experience.

Now, we can argue the relative merits of this move from now until doomsday but if the Canucks continue to hover around 28th-place in the NHL change would appear to be inevitable. This has become less about the plan and more about consumer confidence in the brand. Bringing in Holland would go a long way toward calming the masses.

The problem — and this wouldn’t be a Canucks’ story if there wasn’t  a problem — is the native of Vernon might be at the top of the wish list for the new Seattle franchise. But barring a dramatic turnaround in the next couple of months, it appears the status quo is no longer an option for the Canucks.

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Thomas Vanek Wants To Finish The Year With Vancouver, But Will He?

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Given the choice, Thomas Vanek would be just fine staying home.

And home this season for the soon-to-be 34-year-old winger is with the Vancouver Canucks....

“Any time you start with a team, you want to finish the year with the same team.”

Vanek changes cities like he’s a 20-something au pair, juggling work and world travel.

He’s been on seven different teams since 2013. It hasn’t been by design....

Unfortunately for Vanek, the Canucks are now 10 points out of the playoffs and getting back in the race looks implausible — if not impossible.

If there’s no long, unexpected winning streak on the near-horizon, it backs the Canucks into a corner. They’ll have to trade him.


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The Vancouver Canucks Done In By A Falling Net

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

A National Hockey League net is made of steel and weighs up to 125 pounds. When it falls on you, it tends to hurt.

Gravity is not the Vancouver Canucks’ friend these days.

When the net threatened to fall on goalie Jacob Markstrom Tuesday and the Washington Capitals scored a farcical goal, it was the Canucks who collapsed. They stopped playing for 25 minutes and by the time they started again, the Capitals had built their 3-1 win and the Canucks had fallen even farther behind in the standings.

Now 2-11-2 since top forward Bo Horvat’s broken foot sent the Canucks past a tipping point, the team’s free fall has probably already reached terminal velocity. But the injuries alone don’t fully explain Vancouver’s uncontrolled descent the last five weeks.


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The Future Of GM Jim Benning In Vancouver

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

A month ago, the rebuilding Canucks were a surprising 14-10-4 and a contract extension for general manager Jim Benning had been broached with hockey-operations president Trevor Linden and the Aquillini family.

But since first-line forwards Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi joined second-line centre Brandon Sutter on the injured list in the first week of December, the Canucks have gone 2-9-1 and appear to be collapsing again.

And when Linden was asked Wednesday during a mid-season state-of-the-union press scrum about that extension for Benning, his answer was suspiciously non-committal.

“I’m not really going to get too into that at this point,” Linden said. “I think it doesn’t serve anyone, any purpose. I think we’re focussed on having a good second half here. I know that Jim’s focussed on that. He came into a challenging situation and I think we’re trending in the right direction. I like the job Jim’s done. But beyond that, I think we’re focussed on the next couple of months and the deadline, and then finishing and having a good season.”


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The Chicago Blackhawks Lose More Than A Game To The Vancouver Canucks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Already down their No. 1 goaltender, the Blackhawks lost their No. 2 center. Then they suffered their No. 3 defeat in a row, 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks.

Artem Anisimov left the game midway through the first period and “might miss some time” with an upper-body injury, according to Joel Quenneville. He said the Hawks will have a better idea on a timetable on Friday.

Anisimov’s absence loomed large on a team that was already painfully thin down the middle, but it was another poor night on the power play that doomed the Hawks in this one. The Hawks went 1-of-5 with the man-advantage — actually an improvement after going six straight games without a power-play goal, and carrying a 2-of-42 stretch out of the Christmas break — including some putrid efforts marked by poor passing, botched entries, and a complete lack of a net-front presence (which is often Anisimov’s job).


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Goaltending An Issue For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

It’s not forward Brock Boeser the Canucks need most, it’s goalie Roberto Luongo. A couple of defencemen like Mattias Ohlund and Ed Jovanovski wouldn’t hurt, either.

The Canucks’ 7-5 loss to the Canadiens actually represented a far better effort than Vancouver showed in 7-1 and 6-1 losses the last week against the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, but their goaltending and defensive play aren’t giving them a hope of winning.

The Canucks have surrendered 36 goals in the seven games they’ve played since top centre Bo Horvat left the lineup with a broken foot on Dec. 5. No wonder the team is 1-6 since then and base jumping towards the bottom of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings.

Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson, who appears to be duelling with Jacob Markstrom to see who’s No. 2, was beaten six times on 31 shots by the Canadiens.

Yes, there were another pile of outnumbered rushes presented by the Canucks, but that kind of save rate (.806) doesn’t win anything. It doesn’t keep you in professional hockey if it persists for long.

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Video- Brock Boeser In A Walking Boot After Blocking A Shot

via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Doing what good players do, he took a Mark Giordano shot off the top of this left foot early in the second period and dropped like a rock.

The club’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 13 assists through 30 games was in excruciating pain and crawled toward the bench. He couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. He had to be helped to the bench and then hobbled to the locker-room.

The raucous atmosphere of a holiday hockey crowd suddenly became subdued. You could hear a pin drop....

The club didn’t announce the severity of the injury — it could take time for swelling to subside and take a proper image of the damage... If that wasn’t bad enough, Boeser was spotted post-game on crutches and in a walking boot.


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A Heavier Workload For Brock Boeser

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Just when you think Brock Boeser can’t score all the goals, he goes out and does something and you can’t help but wonder.

Maybe he can.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to overestimate what Boeser can do this season. He is still only months into his NHL career and right now he is the Canucks’ most important player.

He is not only their best goal scorer, he represents their best hope to survive a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canucks will be without Bo Horvat, and, it now seems, Sven Baertschi.

Horvat, as everyone knows, is lost for six weeks with a foot fracture. The news is less clear on Baertschi, but he left the team and returned to Vancouver after taking a puck to the face Saturday night in Calgary. That doesn’t suggest good things and leaves the Canucks without their No. 2 and No. 3 goal scorers.

But No. 1 is still here, and what a No. 1 he is.


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