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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Canucks, Oilers, NHL Fans at Games, More

NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Canucks, Oilers, NHL Fans at Games, More

November 17th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, what kind of deal are the Carolina Hurricanes looking at for Dougie Hamilton? Who will start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks when the season starts? Are the Edmonton Oilers having financial struggles? Finally, what's the latest on when the season will start and will...
Canucks vs Avalanche: An Underrated Rivalry That Is Heating Up

Canucks vs Avalanche: An Underrated Rivalry That Is Heating Up

November 15th, 2020 Sports rivalries are a reason to circle your calendar, cancel plans and tune in to see who earns bragging rights, makes history and in many cases, gains playoff positioning. But not all rivalries are within their division or conference, which means that the rarity of these matchups makes them even...
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November 12th, 2020
Canucks History

The Vancouver Canucks have had their share of award winners over their 50-year history. Elias Pettersson is the most recent award winner and won the Calder Trophy for his stellar rookie campaign in 2018-19 that will be remembered for decades to come. In the same way, we cherish Pavel Bure’s Calder victory nearly 30 years ago. What gets forgotten over time are the runner ups, second-place finishers or award finalists and their spectacular seasons that were not recognized with hardware. Pavel Bure (Hakan Dahlstrom, Flickr) Only a few hockey historians will remember without research that the second-place skater behind Bure’s Calder Trophy win was a young Swedish defenseman named Nicklas Lidstrom. Here is a collection of the top individual award snubs in Canucks history. Roberto Luongo, Vezina (2007) No goaltender in Canucks history has won the Vezina Trophy. In 2006-07, Roberto Luongo came painfully close but did not win. He posted the second most win totals in an...
November 12th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Third-year pro Jayce Hawryluk is one of a few new players to join the Vancouver Canucks this offseason, but unlike his fellow newcomers, Nate Schmidt and Braden Holtby, who each have polished resumes and will step into starting roles, Hawrykuk isn't guaranteed a spot with the big club. That being said, just because he hasn't had much success at the NHL level in three years, doesn't mean the potential isn't present. But how do we know? Well, let's look at Hawryluk's past to see if we can predict his future. On Oct 19, when Elliotte Friedman announced that the Canucks had signed Hawryluk to a one-year deal, the team became able to see if the right-winger, who they had their eyes on in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft before having him snatched away by the Florida Panthers in a move that landed the Canucks Thatcher Demko, will get a trial run with someone they thought had potential three years ago. This type of...
November 12th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Despite making an impressive playoff run in 2020, the Vancouver Canucks had to deal with past mistakes this offseason. Due to bad contracts, the organization lost a few key players, including their MVP last season in Jacob Markstrom. Although general manager Jim Benning has overpaid a few players, among those poor contracts, he has signed a few key players to excellent deals. The Canucks have three especially valuable contracts heading into the 2020-21 season: 3. Brock Boeser Brock Boeser signed an extension with the Canucks before the 2019-20 season. Benning extended the forward at an average annual value (AAV) of $5.875 million for three seasons after he posted a career-high with 56 points in 69 games. In the first year of his new contract, Boeser struggled to find goals. In his first two full seasons in the NHL, the American winger surpassed the 25-goal mark but only managed to score 16 goals in 2019-20. He struggled to convert on his 169 shots, finishing with a 9.5...
November 12th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

When Manny Malhotra departed the Vancouver Canucks assistant coaching staff to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, he left a vacancy that has yet to be filled. General manager Jim Benning has assured us that management is on the hunt for a replacement, but there hasn’t been much news or leaks since his comment in September. (from ‘Canucks coaching shuffle: Eye in the sky Manny Malhotra leaves club for Maple Leafs.’ The Province, 09/18/2020) Benning said the long-term plan is to hire a new assistant coach and that they’d start looking at candidates to interview but the process would be methodical. While Benning continues his search to replace the eye in the sky, will he seek to bring in a new faceoff wizard to build upon the foundation left by Malhotra, or will he seek to provide head coach Travis Green with an assistant who can help the team progress in the final year of Green’s contract? Whoever that assistant may be, Malhotra, who can be attributed with the improvement...

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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