Canucks Defence Is Better With Tryamkin

Canucks Defence Is Better With Tryamkin

April 3rd, 2020 The Vancouver Canucks have been in the news quite a bit lately, even though the 2019-20 season is still on pause. The latest is that Nikita Tryamkin, the towering 6-foot-7 defenceman from the 2014 draft, has indicated through his agent that he is eyeing a return to the NHL. Tryamkin was last...
Canucks' 4 Best All-Time

Canucks' 4 Best All-Time

April 2nd, 2020 It is entirely possible that we've already seen the final games of the 2019-20 NHL season, as the COVID-19 suspension looms into Week 3. The longer the halt, the less likely it is that the season will resume. With that in consideration, this season was a special season for the Vancouver Canucks...

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March 27th, 2020
Canucks History

There have been many a memorable goalie mask to draw attention in the NHL. Some of them far more iconic than the netminders who donned them, while others were an extension of the goaltender's persona. 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Stanley Cup champion Eddie "The Eagle" Belfour comes to mind in particular, as the masks he wore in his 18 NHL seasons were typically emblazoned with a bald eagle along the sides. Plenty of other masks stand out too. Brian Hayward's shark mask in San Jose. Ken Dryden's bleu, blanc et rouge protector with Montreal. Even Dominik Hasek's plain and simple caged helmet was so recognizably him. Other goaltender masks could be given the moniker of "scary" - Gilles Gratton's lion mask with the Rangers made him look more like a werewolf than anything attributed to an astrological sign. Gratton himself later claimed it was a tiger anyway. Ken Wregget's "The Penguin" dome plate in Pittsburgh, Gary Simmons' cobra mask during his days on the West Coast...
March 27th, 2020
Canucks History

One of the greatest defensemen to ever play in the National Hockey League had a handful of big moments on March 27. Also, a legendary run began in Vancouver after a suspension is handed down. Finally, we take a look at all the firsts that occurred on this date throughout the years. Bourque Loved Playing on March 27 Ray Bourque had many big moments during his Hall of Fame career and he had a handful of important ones on this date. On March 27, 1980, he set an NHL record for the most points by a rookie defenseman when he picked up his 61st point of the season in 7-1 Boston Bruins win over the St. Louis Blues. He finished the season with 65 points, but his record only lasted one year because Larry Murphy scored 76 points as a rookie the following season. Speaking of Murphy, he became just the fourth defenseman in league history to score 1,000 points on March 27, 1996. March 27 was very kind to Bourque. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) Bourque picked up...
March 26th, 2020
Canucks Prospects

With the conclusion of the 2019-20 season up in the air right now and all hockey being suspended for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a few American Hockey League (AHL) prospects that could have a chance with the Vancouver Canucks in 2020-21. The competition for roster spots will be fierce, so they will have their work cut out for them. Regardless, they all have had seasons that merit a look against NHL competition. With that said, let's take a glance at three that could be coming to an arena near you. Kole "Sophomore Surge" Lind After a slow start to his professional career, Kole Lind broke out in a big way this season with the Utica Comets. At this point, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as he has done this his entire career. He doesn't have sophomore slumps, he has sophomore surges. In all the leagues he's been in whether it be the Saskatoon Midget AAA Hockey League (SMHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL) or the AHL,...
March 26th, 2020
Canucks Transactions

After eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo was traded back to the Florida Panthers on March 4, 2014, along with Steven Anthony in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias. Luongo's eight seasons in Vancouver saw the team reach the playoffs six times and featured a Stanley Cup Final appearance. While the Canucks traded away an elite starting goaltender, they received Markstrom, a goalie with tons of promise who struggled at the start of his career and Matthias, who added forward depth to the team. Losing Roberto Luongo Luongo was traded to Vancouver after the 2005-06 season with Lukas Krajicek for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen, and Alex Auld. In his first season with the team, he was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy but came in second for both awards. In each of his first five seasons with the Canucks, he was in the top-10 in the Vezina Trophy voting. Related: 7 Things About Roberto Luongo Along with Cory Schneider, Luongo...

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Pavel Bure - A Tribute to the Russian Rocket

“Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” — Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM (from 'Ex-GM Pat Quinn calls Pavel Bure the best Canuck ever' - Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun, 04/12/2013) The Beginning of Pavel Bure's Iconic Career Discussions involving... March 31st, 2020

A Look Back at the West Coast Express Line

This article was originally written in December, 2015. During the dead puck era in the years leading to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, the Canucks' trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison far from followed the pattern of declining offense in the league. The West Coast Express... July 30th, 2019