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3 Canucks Prospects From 2019 Draft Who Could Surprise

3 Canucks Prospects From 2019 Draft Who Could Surprise

September 22nd, 2020 The Vancouver Canucks have a very deep prospect pool right now with Vasili Podkolzin, Nils Hoglander, and Jack Rathbone leading the way. They even have some potential gems that were drafted in the later rounds who could surprise everyone by becoming solid NHL players. Last year's draft had three...
Seven Things About Roberto Luongo

Seven Things About Roberto Luongo

September 22nd, 2020 Roberto Luongo is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in league history and ranks among the best at the position in numerous categories. But not only has he been an elite netminder throughout his career, he has also been one of the league's most interesting players throughout his career. Here...
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September 21st, 2020
Canucks History

Sept. 21 has been an intriguing day in National Hockey League history. One of its earliest superstars was born on this date. A goaltending legend made his first of two returns after retirement. Plus, the greatest player in league history scored his first goal in his new home and the first-ever game in China is played. Plante Returns to the Crease There have been numerous times throughout the decades where players announce their retirement only to return to the ice later. This was the case for Hall of Fame goaltender Jacques Plante. Plante originally retired in 1965, at the age of 36, after two seasons with the New York Rangers. On Sept. 21, 1967, he was back in uniform, starting for the California Seals in a preseason game versus the Los Angeles Kings. The game, which was played in Port Huron, MI, ended in a 3-3 deadlock. Plante finished his first NHL stint with the Rangers (THW Archives) The six-time Stanley Cup winner never played in a regular-season game for the...
September 20th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks will be looking to upgrade their blueline this offseason, either by trade or free agency. Matt Dumba, Aaron Ekblad, and Damon Severson have been discussed, but there's a player entering unrestricted free agency that will only cost cap space, not assets. His name is Alex Pietrangelo, soon to be formerly of the St. Louis Blues. Talks have broken down between the two sides, and it looks like he will be available to the highest bidder come Oct 9. Related: Canucks Prospects Report: Podkolzin, Hoglander & More If the Canucks are able to move some money around, it is possible they could be in the running for his services. The question is, should they be? If they can get him on a four-year deal at a reasonable cap hit, I think they should definitely pursue it. He is exactly what they need to significantly upgrade their blueline. Perfect Partner for Hughes? Chris Tanev is a great partner for Quinn Hughes, there's no doubt about that. Though, if you can...
September 20th, 2020
Canucks Goaltending

Jacob Markstrom will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason after having an MVP worthy season for the Vancouver Canucks. Markstrom carried the load for the club in 2019-20, as he played in 43 of the club's 69 games.  Related: 7 Things About Roberto Luongo In the playoffs, Thatcher Demko replaced Markstrom in Game 5 of the Second Round. Demko filled in for the Swedish goalie in the final three games against the Vegas Golden Knights and saved 123 of the 125 shots he faced. The 24-year old has created three different scenarios the Canucks may face heading into next season.  Markstrom and Demko Split Starts If Markstrom re-signs with the Canucks, he will likely split starts with Demko next season. General manager Jim Benning is in favor of this situation since it benefits the club the most. " is a big believer in having two good goalies, and with the travel schedule we have during the regular season, I believe we need to have two good goalies."Benning said...
September 17th, 2020
Canucks Prospects

The Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) 2020-21 season is in full swing with plenty of National Hockey League prospects getting valuable ice time. We will look at three recent NHL draft picks who are off to fast starts. Plus, we will stay in Russia for our Prospect of the Day. Canucks First-Rounder Showing Improvement The Vancouver Canucks showed that their future is bright during their recent Stanley Cup playoff run. They put the hockey world on notice by eliminating the defending champion St. Louis Blues before taking the Vegas Golden Knights to limit in their seven-game Second Round series. They have another exciting young player who is getting his reps in at the KHL level and could be a key factor in their future success. The Canucks used the 10th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to select right wing Vasili Podkolzin. Canucks used a top-10 pick to select Podkolzin. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers He played in all three levels of Russian hockey during the...

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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... August 5th, 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, 2020