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  • Anaheim, Vancouver Discussing Jake Virtanen Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Normally Pacific Division rivals, the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks are nevertheless discussing a trade that would send underperforming young forward Jake Virtanen further down the Pacific coast. According to multiple sources, the two teams continue to negotiate what the..." February 27

  • Canucks' underwhelming season hitting differently given high expectations

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks were an exciting team on the rise. Driven by a wave of rising young stars, the Canucks had finally broken through the previous season, making the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five years. Great things were expected. Patience and the..." February 26

  • Vancouver Canucks Looking For Young Forward

    Yardbarker "The Vancouver Canucks will take the ice on Thursday night on a three-game losing streak and in danger of falling even further behind in the North Division standings. The Canucks have already been on the wrong end of the scoreboard in 15 of their 23 games and are spiraling out of control with a..." February 26

  • Canucks' J.T. Miller demotion a call for pivotal leader to reduce errors

    Sportsnet " Nobody here had Claude Julien in the pool. Two weeks ago, the coach was an early Jack Adams Award favourite with the Montreal Canadiens. On Wednesday, Julien was on hold with Service Canada, seeing if that CERB thing is still available to the unemployed. Julien was the..." February 25

  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • The Canucks’ penalty kill has been a bright spot after a rough start

    Vancouver Is Awesome "Given the specialists on the Vancouver Canucks’ roster, the penalty kill ought to be a strength. Jay Beagle and Brandon Sutter have a permanent spot in the Canucks’ bottom six partly because of their penalty-killing prowess and there is plenty of shorthanded experience on the rest..." February 25

  • Previewing the epic run the Vancouver Canucks will have to go on to make the playoffs from here

    Canucks Army "At the time of this writing, and following a two-game sweep at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, the Vancouver Canucks sit with a record of 8-12-2. On the one hand, that means that the Canucks are only four wins away from .500 hockey, and they’re also a scant three points out of a..." February 24

  • Bo Horvat on blown leads: 'We have to mature'

    Vancouver Is Awesome "One could look at this game and blame some bad bounces for the Canucks losing to the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks took a 3-0 lead in the first period, but it fell apart after that, with the Oilers scoring four unanswered goals to win the game. The first Oilers goal hit the..." February 24

  • Antoine Roussel fined for actions in Canucks game against Oilers "Vancouver Canucks forward Antoine Roussel has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi during NHL Game No. 307 in Vancouver on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the National Hockey League's..." February 24

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • It's time for the Canucks to ride Thatcher Demko as their No. 1 goalie

    Daily Hive "After two straight losses to the Winnipeg Jets, time is already in short supply for the Vancouver Canucks, just 22 games into the season. In a shortened 56-game season, there’s less room for error, and certainly the Canucks have made their fair share of errors. With an..." February 23

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois set to return vs. Canucks after 4-game absence

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois will return to the lineup Sunday versus the Vancouver Canucks. "I've never been more ready to go," he said, per Sportsnet's Ken Wiebe. Dubois missed Winnipeg's last four games due to what he..." February 21

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • A healthy Olli Juolevi is making an impact defensively for the Vancouver Canucks

    Vancouver Is Awesome "Coming into the 2020-21 season, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t just want to have one of their young defencemen step into the lineup — they absolutely needed a rookie to play in their bottom pairing. Olli Juolevi got that opportunity to start the season, then gave way to..." February 19

  • Canucks' Thatcher Demko to start Friday, suggesting he leads Braden Holtby in goalie battle

    Sportsnet "Braden Holtby’s reward for his best performance of the season is watching Thatcher Demko start Friday night for the Vancouver Canucks against the Winnipeg Jets. The Canucks’ goaltending tandem has looked for most of the NHL season more like a battle of..." February 19

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • What Your Team Is Thankful For: Vancouver Canucks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "What are the Canucks most thankful for? Their young and controllable core up front.  Of their current top-six forwards from last game (Tanner Pearson being the exception), five are 27 years of age or younger and all have at least two years of team control..." February 17

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • Canucks' mediocre power play hindering potential turnaround

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks were so poor defensively in the first three weeks of the season that their power play didn’t matter. Eight of their first nine losses were by three or more goals, so besides adding some momentum within those games, another goal on special teams..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • 10 NHL Players Having Disappointing Starts to the 2020-21 Season

    Bleacher Report "Over a month into the NHL's shortened 2020-21 season, there are several notable players encountering difficulties in the early going. Some, such as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, are longtime superstars unaccustomed to being in this position. Others, like..." February 16

  • Canucks owner has 'full confidence' in Jim Benning, Travis Green

    The Score "Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini took to Twitter to assure the jobs of general manager Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green are safe. The Canucks entered Saturday sitting second last in the North Division at 6-11-0. Their minus-15 goal differential is the third worst..." February 14

  • Canucks Place Tyler Motte On LTIR

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Canucks, who have been scuffling as of late, will now be without one of their more pleasant surprises for the foreseeable future.  CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that Vancouver has transferred Tyler Motte to LTIR, meaning he’ll miss at least 10 games or 24..." February 13

  • Canucks Contemplating GM Change?

    The Fourth Period "The Vancouver Canucks lost their sixth consecutive game on Thursday night and frustration may be starting to boil over atop the organization. Despite ongoing speculation over the club’s engagement in the trade market with the likes of Jake Virtanen, Brandon Sutter and Adam..." February 13

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • Bo Horvat doesn't believe Canucks' slow start based on free-agent losses " Bo Horvat refuted the idea the Vancouver Canucks are playing badly because players are upset they lost some key teammates this offseason. "I don't believe that," the Canucks captain said Wednesday. "Obviously it is tough to see guys go, but at the same..." February 11

  • Sens' Artem Anisimov, Canucks' Loui Eriksson, Stars' Taylor Fedun clear waivers

    TSN "Ottawa Senators forward Artem Anisimov, Vancouver Canucks winger Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars defenceman Taylor Fedun have all cleared waivers. No new players were placed on waivers Thursday. Anisimov, 31, has one assist in four games this..." February 11

  • Canucks' Loui Eriksson, Senators' Artem Anisimov, Stars' Taylor Fedun placed on waivers

    Yardbarker "The Vancouver Canucks placed Loui Eriksson on waivers again after clearing just before the season began. Eriksson has played in just one game, but the team decided to reset his waiver clock so it can continue to move him to the taxi squad. He isn’t alone on waivers..." February 10

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09

  • Five candidates to coach Team Canada at 2022 Winter Olympics

    Sportsnet "Last week, it was announced the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic hockey team would be led by Doug Armstrong, as the Blues GM will be tasked with building out the roster and hiring the coaches to organize it all. What's especially interesting heading into the 2022 tournament is that..." February 09

  • Canucks On The Brink Of Collapse

    Featurd "Nearly a month into the 2021 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks are already facing a dire situation. Entering this week the Canucks sit fifth in the North Division with 12 points. That doesn't seem so bad at first glance, sitting seven points behind the division-leading..." February 09

  • Nils Hoglander Takes Shot To Face, Blood Everywhere

    TMZ "Need further proof hockey players are some of the toughest people on the planet?? Vancouver Canucks winger Nils Hoglander was left a bloody mess after taking a puck to the face Monday night -- BUT HE STAYED IN THE GAME!!! The terrifying scene all went down in the..." February 09

  • Vancouver Canucks Shopping Jake Virtanen

    Yardbarker "The Vancouver Canucks have been a huge disappointment this season after their Cinderella run in the postseason bubble. The 2019-20 version of the Canucks won a qualifying round over the Minnesota Wild, the first round over the St. Louis Blues and then took the Vegas Golden Knights to..." February 08

  • Why goalies are struggling so far in 2021

    ESPN "On Feb. 28, Maddie Rooney will play at Madison Square Garden as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association Dream Gap Tour. For the 23-year-old goalie, it's "an incredible opportunity" to play in New York City at the world's most famous arena...." February 08

  • Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs killing Canucks' confidence

    Sportsnet "Perhaps even more than boosting their own stock during back-to-back routs, the Toronto Maple Leafs are crashing the Vancouver Canucks'. Prior to arriving this week in the East, land of the 4 p.m. PT start, the Canucks were riding a four-game win streak. That spike..." February 07

  • Maple Leafs' Wayne Simmonds could miss six weeks after getting hurt vs. Canucks

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs power forward Wayne Simmonds could miss six weeks after getting hurt during the team's dominating 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. " February 07

  • Looking North: Canucks continue downward trend

    The Score "Welcome to the third edition of "Looking North," our weekly Friday dive into the all-Canadian division. This installment dates back to Jan. 29. The rundown: The Vancouver Canucks had a week to forget, dropping three of their four contests while getting..." February 06

  • Four factors behind the Canucks' rocky start to the NHL season

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs square off for the second time this season, Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. Round 1 was a bloodbath that saw the Maple Leafs expose the Canucks' biggest weakness -- one that, until corrected, will prevent the Canucks from..." February 06