Author: Matt Lee

All-in on Linden, whether we like it or not 3

All-in on Linden, whether we like it or not

In typical Trevor Linden fashion, Vancouver’s favourite son has arrived – and not a moment too soon. Brought back from obscurity – and a successful venture establishing gyms around the Lower Mainland – Trevor Linden’s appointment to the position of president of hockey operations comes with many responsibilities. Linden will oversee all decisions regarding the coaching, scouting, drafting, trading, and player development, essentially wielding the big and powerful rubber stamp. That’s a lot of power, even for the man who 26 years ago began his ascent to becoming the most iconic Canucks player in franchise history. You can call the...

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Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town 0

Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town

As bad as the Philadelphia Flyers are in the standings, the Buffalo Sabres are just as inept. The two are toiling away in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and if their early performances have been any indication, they’ll be there for quite some time. On the second leg of a seven-game roadie, the Canucks have a chance to pick up consecutive road wins with what should be an easy opponent in Buffalo. After coming from behind to defeat the Flyers late on Tuesday, Vancouver can build some momentum with another two points. What to watch Too often lately have...

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Canucks at Sharks Game Day Preview: The New Era Begins 0

Canucks at Sharks Game Day Preview: The New Era Begins

After what seemed like an eternity of useless preseason hockey, the Vancouver Canucks enter the regular season with a new bench boss, (some) new faces, and staring down a whole new era of uncertainty. Unlike previous years, no one is penciling Vancouver in as early Stanley Cup favourites, and there are plenty of critics who think the club is bound to finish outside of the playoff bubble. There’s plenty cause for concern; the Sedins are a year older, Brad Richardson, Mike Santorelli, Zac Dalpe, and Ryan Stanton are the only additions from last year’s team, and the club success likely...

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Canucks Free Agent Targets 1

Canucks Free Agent Targets

Photo credit: Vancouver Province Still yet to re-sign Chris Tanev and already short on salary cap space, don’t expect the Vancouver Canucks to make any splashes tomorrow morning. This won’t be like free agent frenzies of the past, meaning anyone expecting to sign players of the Dan Hamhuis or Jason Garrison ilk can keep dreaming. That means you can write off Jarome Iginla, Nathan Horton, and Mike Ribeiro. Instead, Mike Gillis and the management team would be best served finding diamonds in the rough; players who come at a low salary and term and be excellent stop gaps while the...

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NHL Entry Draft 2013: Who do the Canucks pick at no. 24? 0

NHL Entry Draft 2013: Who do the Canucks pick at no. 24?

Photo credit: National Post Can anyone say the Vancouver Canucks have a prospect who can be legitimately considered a blue-chipper? Jordan Schroeder, Nicklas Jensen, and Brendan Gaunce are all nice to look at, but none can be considered the crowned jewel of their system. You’d have to go all the way back to Cody Hodgson’s shining performance at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships for that. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft has been touted as one of the deeper drafts in recent memory, so the Canucks would be wise to target a prospect who’s both a safe bet to play...

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Canucks and Hawks has makings of a bloodbath 3

Canucks and Hawks has makings of a bloodbath

Hey, remember last season? It seems like forever ago, but it was just 10 months ago when this happened: Looking at it ten months after the fact, nothing changes how I view this hit. It was cheap and dirty. The puck is nowhere near the same stratosphere as Daniel Sedin when Duncan Keith launches a high elbow right in his jaw. If you recall correctly, Keith received just a two-minute elbowing penalty but also got supplemental discipline handed down: A five-game Shanaban. But the damage had been done to the Canucks. Daniel Sedin was sidelined with a concussion, and missed...

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Edler’s Around For Six Years at a Bargain Price 2

Edler’s Around For Six Years at a Bargain Price

The collective Canucks fan base can breathe a sigh of relief, Alex Edler doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis abruptly announced (over Twitter!) that the Canucks have locked up the defenseman to a six-year contract extension, worth $30-million. That means the silky blueliner will be making $5-million per season. It also means that he becomes Vancouver’s highest-paid defenceman, but perhaps that was to be expected. With all due respect to his teammates Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, and Jason Garrison (we’ve omitted Keith Ballard’s name for obvious purposes), Edler still has immense upside compared to them....

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