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The Vancouver Canucks Have Won Five In A Row

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Some musings on the NHL’s hottest team not coached by John Tortorella.

• There may be prettier sights — the all-you-can-eat buffet line at The Hungry Heifer pops to mind — but in forging their five-game win streak the Canucks have succeeded in creating an identity that is churning out results and tedium in equal measure.

Loosely stated, that identity is built around their goaltending, which is giving them a chance to win every night and a defence that is starting to exert its influence on games. Upfront, they still struggle to produce goals, but given their defensive structure, they don’t need a lot of offence.

It was all on display during Wednesday’s eyesore of a game at The Rog, a 3-0 win for Vancouver. Through two periods, the Canucks amassed just 14 shots on Arizona goalie Mike Smith, but Sven Baertschi’s first-period goal held up until Brandon Sutter’s penalty-shot score in the third period.

True, it isn’t going to sell a lot of tickets. But given their current resources, it’s doubtful the Canucks can have success playing any other way. 


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Wrist Surgery For Erik Gudbranson

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that defenceman, Erik Gudbranson will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist. A projected timeline on Gudbranson's full recovery will be provided after the surgery.

"Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function," said Benning. "Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe that surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery. Erik's leadership qualities and strong physical presence will be missed but this is a decision that best supports a long, productive and healthy career."

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Video- Travis Zajac Pushed, Hits The Boards Face First

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

Watch as Travis Zajac can’t protect himself and crashes face first into boards after a push from Michael Chaput.



List of penalties below...

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Neck Surgery Planned For Derek Dorsett

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that forward, Derek Dorsett, will undergo cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration in his neck. Dorsett is expected to make a full recovery and return to play.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Del Rey Hospital spine clinic in Los Angeles, California. Due to the nature of the procedure a definitive timeline will not be confirmed.

"The decision to perform surgery was made after a thorough review of our options, including non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation," said Benning. "Derek, our Canucks medical team and Dr. Watkins believe that surgery offers the best outcome both for his career and long-term health. Derek is an important member of our team and we are optimistic for a full recovery."

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The Vancouver Canucks Announce Alex Edler Out 4-6 Weeks With A Fractured Finger

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The Vancouver Canucks At This Point Of The Season

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

It was a painful first month for the Vancouver Canucks. There were few goals and fewer wins. But it wasn’t all bad. At least, that’s how I’m looking at things in this month’s Top Ten, which puts a positive spin on everything, counting down the 10 reasons you can feel good about this year’s team....

The Canucks’ trade deadline plans can start now.

If last year proved anything, it’s never too early to begin prep work for the NHL trade deadline. The Canucks need a future and to get one they need more assets.

Enter the annual festival, where bottom-feeders trade veterans to contending teams for draft picks and prospects. Vancouver failed to take part last year, but a long, early losing streak this season should leave them plotting their big trade moves here.

The Canucks could potentially trade Burrows, Ryan Miller, and, if they ever wrap their heads around a full-tilt rebuild, Jannik Hansen, Alex Edler and, yes, the Sedin twins.

nine more points...

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A Bad Loss By The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

If Willie comes back from this and lasts the season, he has to be a shape-shifting android assassin with a body made of liquid metal.

After two periods, he instructed his team to “go out and go after it.”

They did anything but.

You’re up 3-0 and you’re the 2016-17 Canucks. They did what most people probably thought they’d do.

They pissed their pants.

“We couldn’t sit back, we had to go after it,” Willie explained.

“Basically keep playing the same way. We couldn’t sit back and let them come to us.”

If you look at the shot clock (17-3 in the third), or if you watched the game, you were probably left yelling at clouds because you think the Canucks sat back.


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Identifying The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

So back to this question of identity. As it stands now, the Canucks are defined by mostly negative traits. They’re the team that can’t score. They’re the team that’s too easy to play against. They’re the team that doesn’t defend particularly well. They’re the team that doesn’t win very often.

Something, eventually, is going to give here, whether Desjardins is whacked or there are changes farther up the food chain. That’s starting to feel like an inevitability but before the Canucks do anything, first they have to decide what they are.

By now, they must understand no one is buying the notion this is a playoff team. What they can sell, however, is a coherent, consistent rebuilding plan that is committed to youth. In fairness, they’re moving that way with Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin on the blue-line but it still makes zero sense to have Jake Virtanen in the press box when Jack Skille is dressed.

This approach isn’t going to change their season. But at least it would provide a clear message to the fan base. This is who we are. This is where we’re going. If they can find a style that works with the kids, so much the better.


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A Slow Start For Loui Eriksson In Vancouver And Jimmy Howard Could Be A Good Option For Las Vegas

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Slow adjustment for Eriksson

Three years ago, following his arrival from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin trade, Loui Eriksson had a tough time adjusting in Boston. It’s looking like Eriksson is experiencing a similar break-in period in Vancouver. The cerebral wing had scored just once in his first 15 games. Eriksson had two goals in his first eight games in Boston before John Scott knocked him out with a concussion. That year, Eriksson posted an 8.7 percent shooting percentage, second lowest of his career following his rookie season (7.7 percent). This season, Eriksson is burying pucks at just a 4.2 percent clip, well off his career rate of 13.7 percent. Eriksson’s other numbers, however, are doing just fine. He has been his regular puck-possession self, recording a team-high 56.0 Corsi For percentage. He is leading Vancouver forwards by averaging 19:03 of ice time, indicating the trust he’s earned from his coaches. Bad luck doesn’t last forever. Eriksson’s production is due for a spike.

Howard may be a good gamble

Jimmy Howard has come to accept that long term, Petr Mrazek is Detroit’s ace. But Howard also has accepted that if he continues his current pace of play, Las Vegas will be sure to spend one of its expansion picks on the ex-University of Maine netminder. Through seven appearances, Howard was 4-2-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Howard’s deeper numbers are also excellent: a .969 even-strength save percentage (just shy of Carey Price’s .971 standard) and a .938 mark during opposing power plays (Price was .880). Howard’s done all this behind a team that has chased the puck more than it’s controlled it. Howard was formerly an aggressive goalie. He’s playing a quieter game this season, settling back in his crease and waiting for plays to approach. Howard is signed through 2019 at $5,291,667 annually.

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How To Handle The Rookies

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

After the last pre-season game last fall, the Detroit Red Wings were faced with a vexing decision. Dylan Larkin had not only proved himself to the best rookie through training camp and the exhibition games, he was their best player. Rookie coach Jeff Blashill went to GM Ken Holland and told him that if he was going to have a chance to succeed as the Wings new coach, he needed Larkin in the lineup.

Holland complied, but told Blashill in no uncertain terms that if Larkin was either seeing spot duty on the fourth line or sitting up in the press box as a healthy scratch, the young man would be immediately sent to the minors. And when Larkin approached the Red Wings about leaving college and signing with them in the summer of 2015, essentially going all in and betting on himself, Holland told him that if he were looking out of the window of a bus going from Grand Rapids to Rockford in the middle of December, to remember that it was his decision to turn pro.

That, ladies and gentleman, is how you handle a young NHL player. It has obviously all worked out rather well for Larkin, but if it hadn’t he’d have joined fellow prospect Anthony Mantha grooming himself in the American League. The Red Wings have long been identified as a team that allows its prospect to become overripe and it seems to have worked out pretty well for them.

Let’s contrast that with the Vancouver Canucks. Faced with the decision on two 19-year-old players – Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann – the Canucks opted to keep both players. (Keeping in mind, of course, that the Canucks did not have the option to send either player to the AHL. Both had to either stay with the Canucks or go back to junior hockey.) Just over a year later, McCann has already been traded and is seeing fourth-line duty in Florida and Virtanen, after playing 10 games in the NHL and registering just one assist, was recently sent to the minors for a two-game attempt to try to have him find his game.

read on for more on Virtanen and the Canucks...

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