With the NHL Entry draft only a few hours away, the rumor mill is running rampant. Have the Canucks re-signed Roberto Luongo to a long-term extension? According to John Buccigross, he has; according to others, not quite but close. Have the Canucks acquired the negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester? As much as they’d like to, Mike Gillis isn’t too keen at the price. Are the Canucks moving up to draft Team Canada defenseman, Ryan Ellis? Talk is that they’re interested. Are the Canucks close to acquiring Dany Heatley? Well, the Canucks may be on Heatley’s wish list but the latest...Click here to read more.
Typically during this time of year, there’s a lot of talk about organizational needs. With the Canucks’ prospect cupboard nearly bare – only Cory Schneider, Michael Grabner, Cody Hodgson and Sergei Shirokov (if the Russians let him leave for North America) may be ready to make the jump to the NHL in the next year or two – the smart ass in me says that they simply need to draft players – regardless of position – who can have an impact. But that said, the Canucks do have one, big, obvious need: they need players who can provide some offense....Click here to read more.
I started writing this post to point out the Canucks’ God-awful drafting history – after all, not one single Canucks draft pick since 2006 has suited up for the team yet – but with Michael Grabner and Cody Hodgson seemingly having taken further steps in their development this season and news that 2006 6th round draft pick Sergei Shirokov has agreed to a deal in principle this week to come to North America, I had to give pause and revisit what I wanted to say. While Dave Nonis and Mike Gillis have made decent strides in selecting NHL-caliber players in...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Yahoo! Sports I was watching the Vancouver Canucks try and kill a penalty against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night when I noticed the players Alain Vigneault threw on the ice. The first group included Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows and the second group included Jannik Hansen and Rick Rypien. I then looked at the box score (NHL.com) at the end of the game and noticed the list of goal scorers – Hansen, Kesler, Burrows and Mason Raymond. And I got to thinking… Since when did we have the Manitoba Moose on our roster? In fact, the...Click here to read more.