Canucks' Virtanen Is Due for Breakout Season

Canucks' Virtanen Is Due for Breakout Season

July 19th, 2019 I wholeheartedly believe that Jake Virtanen will be an impact player for the Vancouver Canucks for a long time. Based on comparisons to other power forwards from past and present, I believe Virtanen is nearing a breakout season that we could see as early as next season. The stage was set for a...
Canucks' Deep Bottom-Six Provides Numerous Possibilities

Canucks' Deep Bottom-Six Provides Numerous Possibilities

July 17th, 2019 While Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has been busy making improvements to the Canucks' top-six forward group this summer, it shouldn't go unnoticed that the bottom-six has seen some healthy additions as well. It is fully understood that a team's top two lines are generally...

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July 11th, 2019
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In today's NHL rumor rundown there are some updates out of Edmonton where buzz surrounds some of the things the Oilers tried to do in free agency, the Vancouver Canucks made it imperative they move out salary after signing Micheal Ferland and what are three of the possible landing spots for Rasmus Ristolainen? It seems clear the Buffalo Sabres are setting the table for a big trade. Oilers Were in on a Number of Options Previous reports about the Edmonton Oilers suggest the team is probably more likely to make a trade than to sign a free agent. That doesn't mean the team wasn't in on a few things at the opening of free agency. Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports) Jason Gregor of OilersNation reports the Edmonton Oilers still want to add a scoring winger, and need to, partially because they missed out of some of the targets they were aiming for. Holland made an offer to Wayne Simmonds but for about $1.5 million less than he...
July 11th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

When compared to other players in the NHL with similar production to him, Brock Boeser's next deal could very well be a bridge deal. I think that he deserves more than that, though. Boeser was selected 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida. The Canucks, rightfully so, were ecstatic to draft the young American sniper at 23, as Boeser's shooting abilities caught the attention of general manager Jim Benning right from the first time he watched Boeser play. Boeser captured the hearts of Canucks fans from the moment he stepped onto the ice for the first time in a Canucks uniform, in his hometown on Minnesota. With a game that was taking place late in the season, a season that was a disappointing one for the Canucks, where they finished with the second-worst record in the entire NHL, you might think that fans may have become uninterested in the remaining games. Many fans, however, woke up early to watch the 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time...
July 9th, 2019
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Will Loui Eriksson play another NHL game? Simply put: yes. What we don't know, however, is if the former Swedish star will be wearing the orca when he does. After a drama-filled couple of months, Eriksson's future with the Vancouver Canucks is definitely in jeopardy. By the end of the 2018-19 NHL season, Eriksson had provided Canucks fans with more of the same lacklustre play they had witnessed since the beginning of his tenure with Vancouver in the 2016-17 season. For those who don't remember, allow me to jog your memory a bit. Eriksson's first home game with Vancouver was unfortunately disastrous, as poor Loui was simultaneously hounded by four Calgary Flames, resulting in Eriksson clearing the puck from the neutral zone- into his own team's empty net. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt9KxLBfB50 Now, this could have happened to any player in the entire league. It was a freak accident that many of us would like to forget. That being said, it didn't happen to just any...
July 7th, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

With the acquisition of JT Miller during the 2019 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks added some much-needed offense to the top six. A few days later, general manager Jim Benning turned to the defense and added Tyler Myers, Jordie Benn, and Oscar Fantenberg. All these additions definitely made the Canucks a more formidable team for next season. However, they also created a log jam in the lineup. As a result, Benning will be looking to move contracts out in the coming months to make room for them on the roster. With that in mind, let's look at two Canucks that should not be a part of that exodus. Jake Virtanen From the minute Jake Virtanen was selected sixth overall in the 2014 draft, expectations were sky high. He was not only a top prospect projected to be selected early, but he was also a home town boy from nearby Abbotsford. Talk about pressure. Since that day, Virtanen has gone from a top prospect with loads of potential, to a reclamation project. Playing his first season in...

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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 The Beginning of Pavel Bure's Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure's talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans were... February 5th, 2018

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... August 30th, 2017