Author: Matt Lee

The morning after the Hodgson trade 5

The morning after the Hodgson trade

The Vancouver Canucks’ trade that saw Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer shipped to Buffalo for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani is the biggest trade since Roberto Luongo came to town in 2006. No trade since that time could have bigger long-term ramifications for this franchise. The Canucks may have easily just traded a future captain and point per game player in Hodgson. The Sabres may have just moved the second coming of Milan Lucic in Kassian. No one knows. We’ll have to re-visit this trade in three to five years time. But what we do know is that the decision...

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Hodgson, Sulzer Traded for Kassian, Gragnani 97

Hodgson, Sulzer Traded for Kassian, Gragnani

The Vancouver Canucks have traded centre Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alexander Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres for right-winger Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. Alright, so let the depression soak in. In 3… 2… 1… What the Canucks traded: There’s no questioning who the better player was in this deal, and that was Cody Hodgson. At every level of hockey he’s played at, Hodgson has enjoyed success. When he was drafted 10th overall in 2008, TSN’s Bob McKenzie had nothing but terrific things to say about Hodgson. The Canucks were, at the time, getting the heir apparent to a retiring...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Daniel Winnik 0

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Daniel Winnik

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. LW/RW Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche, $950K, UFA 2012 If going into this week Daniel Winnik could be considered an under-the-radar trade deadline acquisition, TSN’s Bob McKenzie let the proverbial cat out of the bag when he announced Winnik was the most coveted role player at the trade deadline. As the good folks at another fine Canucks blog might say, Winnik has the kind of Corsi numbers which would make him a valued asset....

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Bryan Allen 2

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Bryan Allen

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. D Bryan Allen, Carolina Hurricanes, $2.9M, UFA 2012 Can you go back? Can Bryan Allen come back? It’s been nearly six years since the Luongo-Bertuzzi trade was finalized and lost in the hype of acquiring the all-time Canucks leader in wins and shutouts was that they had lost a fairly rugged, hard-nosed blue liner in Bryan Allen, who was just starting to hit his stride as a bottom-pairing defenceman. What he brings If...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Dallas Stars Edition 1

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Dallas Stars Edition

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. The playoff picture — as it always is at this time of year — is about as clear as mud, and as it stands the Dallas Stars are very much in the hunt for one of the spots. That alone means that it’s possible none of these players will be available when next Monday comes and goes, but if GM Joe Nieuwendyk decides to throw up the red flag, the Canucks could be...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Shane Doan 3

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Shane Doan

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. Photo credit: Yahoo! RW Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, $4.55M, UFA 2012 Long shot? Probably. But let’s put this in perspective. With every day that passes, the chances of the Coyotes staying in Phoenix seem to grow more faint. Seattle is investing city dollars into building a new NHL/NBA arena, and Kansas City and Quebec also seem like logical destinations. All said, the Coyotes will not be staying in Glendale, effectively removing any type...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Travis Moen 1

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Travis Moen

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. Photo credit: ESPN LW/RW Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens, LW/RW, $1.55M, UFA 2012 Remember when the Canucks played the Ducks in the playoffs of 2007? There was a highlight in that round where Roberto Luongo had the puck wedged in his pads, not completely covered, and Travis Moen barged in front and jammed both Luongo and the puck into the net. The goal counted. Much rage ensued. What he brings Moen has always been...

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Cody and Cory: Young Canucks Shine on the Big Stage 0

Cody and Cory: Young Canucks Shine on the Big Stage

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com It was about as heated as everyone anticipated; the Vancouver Canucks showed their disdain for the Boston Bruins and vice-versa. Neither team was willing to let the other off the hook so easily, but at the end of the day it was Vancouver eking out the 4-3 victory and coming away with the two points, just like they hoped. But beyond just the brawls and powerplay prowess, it was two of Vancouver’s most tradeable assets who truly shined in this heated affair. Cody Hodgson had an assist and blasted home the eventual game-winning goal in just 11:19...

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Upping the ante: The Boston Bruins rivalry re-visited 0

Upping the ante: The Boston Bruins rivalry re-visited

Photo credit: Vancouver Province Respect is a life and death struggle on that 85 x 200 sheet of ice. Most players are tight-lipped with the word in the locker room, but beyond just salaries and winning or losing games, respect is the richest prize in hockey. If you know anything about the Vancouver Canucks, you know they’ll be looking to reclaim some respect on Saturday when they meet the Boston Bruins for the very first time since the B’s won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and flew out of a rioting city with hockey’s most cherished prize in...

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After 41 Games: The Canucks’ Midseason Grades 5

After 41 Games: The Canucks’ Midseason Grades

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com 41 games in the books, meaning we’re just 41 games away from the playoffs. The road back to the postseason is a slow and arduous one, but it’s vital the Vancouver Canucks machine is a finely-tuned one for when the games start to matter. In the meantime, here’s the CHB assessment on how the Canucks stack up at the first half pole. We’d love your feedback and marks, so make sure you hit us with a comment! Forwards Daniel Sedin (A): He’d have to go on a goal-scoring run to get close to the career-high 41 he...

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