Radim Vrbata to sign with Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks and free-agent forward Radim Vrbata reached a verbal agreement on a contract Wednesday. #Canucks and Vrbata reach verbal agreement. Details to follow after formal agreement is reached. — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) July 3, 2014 TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the contract will be worth $10 million for two years. 2 yrs, $5 mil per for Vrbata to Canucks...
Via Sports-Glory
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Unlikely Trades, and Why They Should Happen

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images The NHL off-season is simultaneously an awful time to be an NHL fan, and a great time. The previous season is over, the hope for next year is at the peak, and from mid-June to mid-July, teams are feverishly pursuing draft picks, trades, and free agents all with an eye towards turning your franchise into a Stanley Cup contender. Once that fever pitch is...
Via TopSportsReport
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fixing The Vancouver Canucks

from Noah Love of the National Post, What should happen: Benning’s in a tough spot here because the Canucks are somewhere between a playoff team — probably not a contender, though — and a full rebuild. On one hand, they’re amassing a decent collection of prospects, although few of them are NHL ready (Bo Horvat will get a good look in training camp). The aging offensive...
Via Kukla's Korner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Search Continues; #6 Pick/Prospects/Playoffs/Worlds

GM SEARCH CONTINUES: The Canucks New General Manager search is on.  There are many names swirling around the rumor mill.  Yesterday, Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun newspaper tweeted: "Still believe that Benning is #Canucks 1st choice.  But Hextall, with mgmt dues paid under good GMs, would be interesting candidate."  Jim Benning is an assistant general manager...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Canucks sever ties with GM Gillis

The Vancouver Canucks have cut ties with General Manager and President Mike Gillis, who had been the team’s GM since 2008 (courtesy of The Vancouver Sun) With the 2013-2014 season coming to a close, so ends the tenure of Mike Gillis as president and  general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. The moves comes not even 24 hours after the team suffered a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks...
Via Around The Rink
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pascal Pelletier, 'the other guy', savouring return to NHL

We interrupt your Requiem for the Vancouver Canucks, written for missing strings, with a rare happy tune. It’s called The Other Guy and it’s about 30-year-old Pascal Pelletier. Bo Horvat had never heard of him, and the Canucks’ outstanding junior prospect unwittingly offered a potential nickname for Pelletier — and a title for Pelletier’s career in professional hockey...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Canucks have interest in Ryan O’Reilly?

Better Late Than Never… Just last week ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun released a “Rumblings” blog, focused on trade rumours, transacations and pending free agents. Perking up the ears of Vancouver, was the apparent interest that Canucks management has in Colorado Avalanche forward, Ryan O’Reilly. If the Avs do put O’Reilly on the trade market (and again, we don’t know if they...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Roundup: Horvat, Shinkaruk, Eriksson and Fox

  Do you know your Vancouver Canucks Prospects? No? Well I do! So welcome to the third edition of RobTheHockeyGuys’ prospect roundup. In this third edition we will cover Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, Joacim Eriksson and Dane Fox. Bo Horvat – 1st round, 9th overall, 2013 NHL Entry Draft 28 GP – 16 G, 28 A – 44 P – 22 PIM +18 As you likely already know, Bo Horvat made Team...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Canucks Christmas present wishes

Merry Canuckmas The Vancouver Canucks had been so good for so long that the departure of coach Alain Vigneault and the entrance of John Tortorella, coupled with an aging squad in transition, caused a lot of nervous apprehension among the team’s diehard supporters. Flashback to our 2011 wishlist here.   Would the ‘Nucks be starting an era of slow decline like some of the dreaded...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Why next season should be on Canucks fans minds

2014-15 could be one to remember “Just wait till next year.” Since 1970, that phrase has been the rallying cry of Canucks fans. But that phrase has perhaps never been truer than this season. Mired with a team that is competitive but not elite, the Canucks are good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to make a whole lot of noise. I’d say the writing was on the wall...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Horvat a good bet to make world junior team

It appears nothing short of a plane hijacking is going to keep Bo Horvat off Canada’s team at this year’s world junior tournament. Horvat — along with fellow Canucks’ first-round draft pick from last June, Hunter Shinkaruk — was invited to Hockey Canada’s final selection camp on Monday. Horvat looks to have an inside track, while Shinkaruk has to show he’s recovered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Stu’s Reality Check

EVERYBODY PANIC!!!! (seriously, we’re in trouble): Riding high after a 4-0 drubbing of the hated Leafs, a tough OT loss in Phoenix, and finally beating the Sharks, it was starting to look like this Canucks team would leave all of us who had wailed about the lack of offensive improvement and derided this team’s chances of getting anywhere this season with egg on our faces, thus...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks Prospect Round-up: Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk and the 2013 draft class

Welcome to my first piece that isn’t talking about a player being scratched! My name is Ryan Biech, I have been a Canucks fan my entire life, but I am also a fan of film/TV, podcasts, and craft beer. Thank you to Rob for giving me a place to put my words about the Canucks. With that being said, I will mostly be covering the prospects of the Canucks, as well as breaking news throughout...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Might be nice to have Bo Horvat around now

With the Vancouver Canucks seemingly short of quality forwards — given the injuries to Alex Burrows Jannik Hansen and the man who likely would have been the replacement for anyone injured in Niklas Jensen — you have to wonder whether they ever think about their decision to send Bo Horvat back to junior so quickly. And you wonder particularly because of the early success enjoyed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rob’s Thoughts: Cory Schneider and the goaltending soap opera returns to Vancouver

This article was also posted on VanCity Buzz. In the most anticipated Tuesday night Devils-Canucks game in history, Cory Schneider will play his first game against his old team and his old friend Roberto Luongo. It’s been just over three months since the Canucks traded Schneider for the ninth overall pick (Bo Horvat), which elevated this drama to soap opera status here in Canuckland...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Five fearless predictions for the Vancouver Canucks 2013/14

Projection Time! An actual full NHL season is finally upon us and the Canucks have the chance this year to put two terrible playoff campaigns behind them. At this time of year anything is possible, but only the following five events are truly assured of taking place. A brighter future is now Some people believe that the Canucks golden period is drawing to a rapid close, but an initially...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks' youth movement put on hold

So much for the start of a golden youth movement on the Vancouver Canucks who were suddenly supposed to be the land of opportunity for talented prospects under the patient and nurturing reign of new head coach John Tortorella. Hunter Shinkaruk Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce have all been returned to their junior teams and Nicklas Jensen and Frankie Corrado are back in the American...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks add 3 new players, return Horvat and Shinkaruk back to junior

The Bo Horvat-Hunter Shinkaruk era has come to an end 9 games faster than anyone expected. Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk were sent back to Junior yesterday and today respectively.  The Canucks picked up Jeremy Welsh and Zac Dalpe in trade from the Carolina Hurricanes as well as claiming Ryan Stanton off the waiver wire from the Chicago Blackhawks.  The writing was on the wall...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks forward lines appear set for season opener

Photo Courtesy: Vancouver Sun Steve Lancashire is back again. Follow Steve on Twitter at @lankey22 Now that the last cuts have been made, it appears we are seeing the lineup that will start the year together on October 3rd at the SAP Center in San Jose (SAP stands for ****** Arena Pseudonym, by the way). While there is some familiarity, it looks like we are mostly heading into uncharted...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Shinkaruk and Horvat will start season with Canucks, Corrado and Gaunce won’t

The Canucks have made their final cuts and there were some surprises. Both 18 year old first round draft picks, Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat, will start the season in the NHL this year. Meanwhile, Frank Corrado has been assigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL and Brendan Gaunce is on his way back to junior in Belleville. As expected after Zack Kassian’s 5 game suspension, Hunter...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks make final 2013 opening night roster cuts

Horvat/Shinkaruk to remain in the bigs The Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers. As Q mentioned this morning Frank Corrado and Zach Hamill have been sent back to the Utica Comets of the AHL, while Brendan Gaunce has been shipped back to the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. While Corrado had a...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Horvat & Shinkaruk will be in opening day lineup for the Canucks

BREAKING VANCOUVER NEWS Sportsnet reporting two Canucks rookies will be in opening game lineup. Congrats Bo Horvat & Hunter Shinkaruk. Canucks’ first-round picks Horvat and Shinkaruk will start the season in the NHL, reports @JSportsnet — Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) September 27, 2013   We mentioned in a post this AM after the 5-0 win over the Rangers Mike Gillis and...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Hey Vancouver! Are you ready for some hockey?

I said Hockey! You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re very nearly ready to drop the puck on a brand new season that will look drastically different from last year’s. Aside from the full complement of 82 games, including match ups with the Eastern Conference, this year features brand new divisions and playoff formatting. For the Canucks, there’s some shiny new prospects...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Pure Gold! Torts press conference after Coyotes

AM Canucks entertainment Post-game coverage of the Canucks 6-1 pre-season win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Sure sounds like Torts like hos Mike Santorelli is playing. Santorelli on his goal, strong roster push: "My mindset is to just get better every day and I know I keep saying that." #canucks — Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) September 24, 2013 New Nucks bench boss John Tortorella...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks finally get elusive pre-season win as six players score in a 6-1 rout over Phoenix Coyotes

After a couple of days filled with bad news something good finally happened for the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. They won a game — it’s been a while. The Canucks hadn’t won since April 22. They dropped their final two games of the regular season were swept in the playoffs and had opened the pre-season with three straight losses. So Monday’s 6-1 win over the Phoenix...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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