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The Vancouver Canucks look to begin a new winning streak at 5:30 PST Thursday night vs the Dallas Stars. Games like this used to be pretty vanilla, but the new conference alignment and playoff format has made intra-conference games ultra-important. It also gives us a chance to check out the Stars new jerseys (they are pretty sweet!).
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...
The Vancouver Canucks look to get back on track with an early 10am PST match-up vs the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canucks completely sucked in a 5-2 loss to Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers. An epic cluster **** of a game! I’m seriously depressed, but came across this picture which cheered me up (gotta lighten mood somehow).
The Vancouver Canucks played a perfectly reasonable road game against the Coyotes on Nov. 5 – it was slow, boring and mostly safe.
It’s hard to assess blame in a 3-2 shootout loss on the road but the game came down to a few minor errors.
Despite the loss, there were quite a few positive to come from the trip the desert. Ryan Kesler scored one of the nicest...
John Tortorella doesn’t look at statistics or standings or what challenges the opposition brings on any given night.
For him it’s all about prepping the Vancouver Canucks. That’s fine. But the coach may want to peek at the packed Pacific Division that looks more crowded than an interstate freeway at rush hour. The top three teams advance to the playoffs and with two wild-card...
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Game #3 on the epic Eastern road trip for the Vancouver Canucks brings them to Pittsburgh for a morning tilt with the Penguins. The Penguins have been flying out of the gates with a 6-1 record to start the season. The Penguins are not the Buffalo Sabres so expect the Penguins to actually touch the puck every once in awhile.
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The day is finally here. The Vancouver Canucks open the 2013-14 season tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the same club that ended last year’s quest for the Cup. Do the Sharks have the Canucks’ number, or was last season a blip within a lockout-marred season?
Tonight we begin to find out...
The Vancouver Canucks begin the 2013-14 season today and I can’t recall another Canucks season with so many question marks. Nobody really knows what to expect from this group, now three seasons removed from their near-dream season in 2010-11 when they almost won the Stanley Cup.
10. Is the core of the Canucks on its last legs?
For years we heard about “the window” for this...
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...
ICYMI on Saturday the Canucks picked up Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh from the Hurricanes in exchange for Kellan Tochkin and the fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Mike Gillis announced late Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Gillis announced that the Canucks have signed right wing Jannik Hansen to a four-year extension.
Hansen was originally selected...
We all knew that there had to be a few roster cuts or trades on the horizon and late last night, we got our first moves as the Hurricanes dealt Jeremy Welsh and Zac Dalpe to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Kellan Tochkin and a fourth round pick in this year's draft. My initial reaction to this was shock because the Canes just sent two roster players to Vancouver...
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The Vancouver Canucks added some depth to their bottom-6 late Saturday night when they acquired Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh from the Carolina Hurricanes.
In exchange for Dalpe and Welsh, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis traded Kellan Tochkin and a 4th rounder in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Daple, 23, was a 2nd round pick of the...
The Vancouver Canucks acquired right wing Zac Dalpe and center Jeremy Welsh from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night for right wing Kellan Tochkin and a fourth-round pick next year.
Dalpe split last season between the Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. He had a goal and two assists in 10 games with Carolina. Welsh had an assist in five games for the Hurricanes last...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2013
Vancouver Canucks Press Release Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired right wing Zac Dalpe and centre Jeremy Welsh from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Kellan Tochkin and the fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Dalpe, 23, split the 2012.13 season between the Hurricanes and [...]
Jim Rutherford President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has acquired forward Kellan Tochkin and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for forwards Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh.
Tochkin 22 totaled 44 points (15g 29a) and 61 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central...
It appears that we're going to have a busy tertiary prospect-trading night. First Joe Colborne to Calgary, and now this...
Trade to announce: #Canucks have acquired Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh from @NHLCanes for Kellan Tochkin and a 4th round pick in 2014.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) September 29, 2013
The other day, we looked at the players competing for the third line left wing spot in camp. Today, we will be moving over to the right wing. What is expected out of this position is similar to the left wing so I'm going to keep the intro short. However, one thing that the Hurricanes probably want out of their right wing is versatility and the ability to play top-six minutes...
Thanks to everyone who took a couple minutes to complete the Canes youth poll. Here are the results:
1-Which long-time Canes forward prospect is most likely to rise up in training camp, seize a spot and make the biggest contribution during the 2013-14 season?
Zac Dalpe 28%; Zach Boychuk 0%; Riley Nash 38%; Brett Sutter 18%; Drayson Bowman 18%
2-Which younger Canes forward...
Position: Right Wing/Center
Weight: 195 lbs.
Drafted: 2nd Round, 2008 Draft
Last Year's Ranking: 6
Waiting out the free agent market has its share of perks and drawbacks. On one hand, this was a weak free agent class and the Hurricanes managed to avoid committing long-term money to a mediocre player, something a lot of teams ended up doing. On the other hand, they do still have some needs to address and with the free agent pickings being slim, they may have to end up signing a...
Over the last few days, the Hurricanes did well with the limited cap space they had remaining by filling two roster spots for a combined $1.5 mil. Jim Rutherford did great work by making this happen, but there are still a couple of roster spots to be filled and the Hurricanes have some cap space to work with. The question is who should the Hurricanes use this remaining cap space...
The Hurricanes need to add forward depth this summer but don't have a lot of cap space to do so. There are a lot of free agents they could sign to fill this void, but having someone from within take hold of one of the bottom-six spots could go a long way. The frustrating part is that the Hurricanes have been saying the same thing for the last few years, only for different positions...
When analyzing a team's draft needs, it's important to look at what kind of position they are in for both the present and the future because an area that might not currently be a position of need could easily be on in another few years. This is the spot the Hurricanes are in now at right wing. At the NHL level, they have plenty of talent with Alexander Semin and Tuomo Ruutu...
Every team always has one or two players who are great in a certain role but often get overslotted by the coaching staff and can appear worse than they actually are at times. For many seasons, that player has normally been Chad LaRose on the Hurricanes but last year, it may have been Patrick Dwyer. An excellent penalty killer and defensive forward, Dwyer does a lot of things well...
It feels kind of silly to review the season of Zac Dalpe because he played only 10 games for the Hurricanes and missed almost all of the month of March with the Charlotte Checkers. However, what was also silly was the fact that Dalpe only got 10 games in the NHL to begin with because his performance with the big club was pretty impressive. Yes, I know that his stat line of one goal...