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This article was originally written in August, 2009. “Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” —Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM The Beginning of an Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure’s talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans were
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During this time of year some of us are relaxing, enjoying some sunshine, or perhaps cruising down that old country road. Others, we’re still talking hockey mid-August. Today, it’s time to check out the state of the Canucks defence. It was evident on July 1 that the Vancouver Canucks are creating stiff competition during training
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Over the last three years, Jim Benning has been applauded for building up the Vancouver Canucks‘ once woeful prospect pool. While that’s good news for the Canucks and their fans, it’s not necessarily good news for Cole Cassels. Once considered a top-five prospect for the Canucks, the 22-year-old has seen his positioning on the Canucks’
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There has been quite a few moving pieces in regards to the Vancouver Canucks‘ goaltending but at the core, the Canucks look reasonably solid between the pipes. With the departure of Ryan Miller to the Anaheim Ducks and the acquisition of Anders Nilsson from free agency to fill the void, the Canucks have changed their
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There’s no shortage of goaltending controversy stories for the Vancouver Canucks since the calendar turned to the new decade. Whether the duo has been Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, Luongo and Eddie Lack, Lack and Ryan Miller, or Miller and Jacob Markstrom, the performance of the so-called backup has prompted some fans of the Canucks to
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The Vancouver Canucks are looking for improvement across the board heading into next season. After his tumultuous campaign, Ben Hutton could be the poster boy for improvement. One of the Canucks’ most surprising players of 2015-16, Hutton failed to regain his rookie form where he finished third in points among freshmen on the back end. The
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The Vancouver Canucks struggled defensively in the 2016-17 season, fishing the puck out of their net 241 times, the fifth highest total in the League. Riddled with injuries and inexperience, the Canucks’ blue line was a shell of its potential. With the status of injured Erik Gudbranson still unknown, the departure of Luca Sbisa and with
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Vancouver Canucks GM, Jim Benning raised some curious eyebrows at the 2017 trade deadline when he traded away long-time Canuck, Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in return for 19-year-old Jonathan Dahlen. The deal looked good on paper for both parties but Benning’s true motive didn’t come into the light until the 2017 NHL entry
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It’s hard to imagine an NHL team’s MVP needing a role adjustment. With the Vancouver Canucks however, improvement is needed everywhere. That includes the Canucks’ MVP from last season. Bo Horvat was the team’s best player in 2016-17, other than Ryan Miller. He posted career highs with 20 goals and 52 points, despite not scoring
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The slumping Vancouver Canucks are currently in the midst of a rebuild and with the pool of young talent at their disposal, the Canucks’ future looks bright. It’s evident that the Canucks have a hole on offensive production but in an attempt to turn that around, the organization has used nine out of their last
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It’s every young player’s dream to don his hometown team’s jersey. When that dream pans out, things don’t always go as planned. The Canucks made that dream come true for two players in the last two seasons. They’ve both had vastly different experiences in a Canucks jersey. Both Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen had the
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The Vancouver Canucks have struggled in the past few seasons and their problems have primarily stemmed from their lack of scoring. The Canucks finished 29th in the NHL in goals scored last season with only 178, averaging a meager 2.17 goals-per-game. This problem can be traced to a lack of firepower among the forwards and relying too
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The Vancouver Canucks signed Swedish goalie Anders Nilsson to a two-year, five million deal. The Lulea, Sweden, native spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Buffalo Sabres, Pierre LeBrun confirmed Saturday. Anders Nilsson with Canucks, two years, $2.5 M aav — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2017 A new Challenge for Nilsson The 27-year-old was originally
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They say that you learn from your mistakes. Canucks nation better hope that holds true for Jim Benning when free agency starts on July 1. Last summer, Benning chased both Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson, the two highest-paid players from free agency. He missed out on Lucic, but signed Eriksson to a six-year, $36 million
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With the Fifth Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Vancouver Canucks Have Selected Elias Pettersson From the Timrå IK in the SHL. About Elias Pettersson The Vancouver Canucks decided to add to their Swedish depth with the fifth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft – taking Elias Pettersson. The young forward met with the team on a
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On the whole, the Canucks’ drafting in the Jim Benning era has been solid. Of the 2015 class, first round pick Brock Boeser looks like a future top-six winger. Adam Gaudette meanwhile, could compete for a first-team slot as early as training camp. From 2014, the Canucks have a highly impressive record, selecting five players who are
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Jim Benning was hired on as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, largely based on his astute scouting ability. That quality is more important than ever, with the rebuilding Canucks in need of some draft day home runs. After 28th and 29th place finishes in back-to-back years, the draft is becoming an important spectacle in
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The Vancouver Canucks will soon add some much-needed depth to their organization, with four of the top 64 picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft draft. In my last two articles, I looked at options for the Canucks at fifth overall, and at 33rd overall. I took one centreman and one defenceman, so there’s some
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A dynamic centreman, a power-play quarterback, a top-pairing defenceman, a top-line left-winger. The rebuilding Canucks have many needs. How many of those needs will they be able to satisfy in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft? In my last article, I chose five players who could be a fit for the Canucks at fifth overall, listing four centremen and one
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The Vancouver Canucks announced on Thursday that they have signed a one-year contract extension with defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The deal is reportedly worth $3.5 million. #Canucks sign Erik Gudbranson to one-year contract extension. https://t.co/9vR3cxw6eI pic.twitter.com/27VKEDKPaW — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 15, 2017 Injury Impacted First Year Gudbranson is coming off a tumultuous first season with
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A cruel and unfortunate Vancouver Canucks season took another nosedive during the NHL Draft Lottery. The Canucks fell three spots to fifth overall, missing out on one of the two stud centremen that sit at the top of the draft rankings. It’s not the end of the world with some stellar players available at the
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Ok, Vegas Golden Knights fans we’re down to the final three teams on our rundown of players you should be familiar with. Take a second and educate yourselves on the 108 players we’ve covered to this point. The NHL universe thanks you in advance. As a reminder, teams will submit their lists of players protected
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‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news, opinion and analysis column that runs every Monday throughout the regular season, and every second Monday throughout the off-season. News Canucks Sign Phillip Holm The Canucks recently announced the signing of defenceman Phillip Holm to a one-year, entry-level contract. The 25-year-old spent the 2016-17 season as a member
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‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news, opinion and analysis column that runs every Monday throughout the regular season. News Canucks Won’t Re-Sign Carl Neill, Tate Olson The Canucks have revealed that they will not sign 2015 draft picks, defensemen Carl Neill and Tate Olson (taken in the fifth and seventh rounds respectively). The move
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It’s hard to imagine the Vancouver Canucks having a surplus of anything in their organization. They’ve tied the Colorado Avalanche with 61 wins over the last two seasons, the worst total in the NHL. The Canucks will once again be a bottom feeder next season. Unless Sven Baertschi, Bo Horvat, and their right-winger can rise to
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‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news, opinion and analysis column that runs every Monday throughout the regular season, and every second Monday throughout the off-season. News Jonathan Dahlen Signed to Three-Year Entry Level Contract Jonathan Dahlen (Creative Commons, C More) The Canucks have announced the signing of forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen to a three-year,