Canucks' Nikita Tryamkin and the Salary Cap Struggle

Canucks' Nikita Tryamkin and the Salary Cap Struggle

May 21st, 2020 Things between enigmatic defenceman Nikita Tryamkin and the Vancouver Canucks are heating up. A couple of weeks ago, TSN1040 and The Athletic Vancouver contributor Rick Dhaliwal provided an update on the status of the enigmatic Russian blueliner, among other things. Before going any further...
One for the Ages: Charlie Hodge's 1970-71 NHL Season

One for the Ages: Charlie Hodge's 1970-71 NHL Season

May 19th, 2020 The National Hockey League expanded by two teams in 1970, one of which was the Buffalo Sabres, while the other was out in western Canada—the Vancouver Canucks. For any NHL expansion team, strong goaltending is a must. A veteran netminder can stop the bleeding when facing a powerhouse, and can...

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May 13th, 2020
Canucks History

The Vancouver Canucks will eventually start playing hockey again, and after inducting Alex Burrows into the Ring of Honour in December, which seems so long ago now, it's only a matter of time before we see another fan favourite get immortalized on the walls of Rogers Arena. The question is, who will that be? In the next series of articles, I will endeavour to answer this very question, starting with long-time Canuck Ryan Kesler. Kesler's Humble Beginnings as a Checking Line Center From the moment Kesler played his first season in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, it was clear that he was going to be an NHL player. Though I don't think anyone foresaw the impact he was going to make on the Canucks and the NHL as a whole. He began as a very effective bottom-six forward, but ultimately became one of the best two-way power forwards in the entire league. Related: Canucks All-Time Team When the Canucks were starting to become a force to be reckoned with, Kesler centered one of...
May 12th, 2020
Canucks History

This is my third in a series of posts about Vancouver Canucks history. Previously, I have written posts about the three best Canucks forwards and about the three best Canucks goalies. In this post, I will weigh in on who I believe were the three best Canucks defensemen of all time. Number One: Matthias Ohlund I have no doubt that Matthias Ohlund was the best defenseman the Canucks have ever had. Interestingly, he was great from the first game he played in a Vancouver uniform. He could do it all. He was an offensive threat, and he could consistently blanket the opponent’s best player. Adding a twist to one of my mother’s old sayings, if the phrase “steady defenseman” were in the dictionary, Ohlund’s picture would be beside it. He was the poster player for on-ice consistency. He was also a workhorse, regularly playing more than 20 minutes per game. Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver Canucks, Dec. 11, 2003 (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) Ohlund was picked by the...
May 10th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Even in these days of COVID-19 and the suspension of NHL regular-season games, there are still Vancouver Canucks news and rumor items to report. However, those don’t happen on the ice but instead includes player signings, off-ice news, the impact of COVID-19 on hockey decisions, and reviews and speculations about how a player’s past work might point toward the future. Related: Canucks News & Rumors: Brome, Pettersson, Markstrom & Prospects In this post, I’d like to help Canucks’ fans stay more up-to-date with what’s happening with the team. Item One: Canucks Scouting Division Rickety Prior to 2020 Draft Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre recently reported that the Canucks were likely to lose Judd Brackett, the team’s director of amateur scouting when his contract is up at the end of June. That could be an issue going into the draft because he has been a key figure in the Canucks’ organization since he was promoted to the position of director in...
May 10th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news about Mikhail Sergachev and a lack of discussions with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Vancouver Canucks are looking at ways to improve their blue line and the Los Angeles Kings are targeting the same thing. Finally, it appears the Edmonton Oilers are going to lose depth forward Markus Granlund. Sergachev and Lightning Not Yet Talking It's not terribly surprising the Lightning and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev haven't started talking a new deal yet since there is so much uncertainty surrounding next year's NHL salary cap, but the situation between the Lightning and the d-man is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Mikhail Sergachev, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Sergachev is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason and set a new career-high in goals with 10 just before the suspension of the season. He'll be due a sizable raise on his next deal and he told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, there have been no...

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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