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CHL prospect preview

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks freelance writer

The Vancouver Canucks will have major representation in the CHL post-season as 10 prospects are about to begin their quest for the Memorial Cup.

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Garrett Column: Patience

by John Garrett @SNJohnGarrett / Canucks freelance writer

Canucks fans have been lucky. In the last 15 years the Canucks have missed the playoffs a grand total of four times.

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Leading by example

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks writer

Carolyn Crippen and her husband Al were at home channel surfing in December 2009 when they stumbled upon a Canucks game. The couple, which relocated from Manitoba to BC a year prior, knew nothing of the Canucks, or their opponent, but they're Canadian and hockey is hockey.

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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks freelance writer

The Adam Gaudette show continued, while Guillaume Brisebois had just as good of a month in the QMHL.

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In-depth: Nikolay Goldobin

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks freelance writer

On Tuesday night, the Canucks completed a deal during their game with the Detroit Red Wings, sending veteran winger Jannik Hansen to San Jose for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick.

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Best of the Best

by Brady Trettenero @BradyTrett / Canucks Freelance Writer

Bo snipes, Tryamkin dishes, Markstrom sprawls, Tanev joins the rush and Granlund converts during the best plays from February.

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In-depth: Jonathan Dahlen

A deep dive into the newest Canucks prospect

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks Freelance Writer

Monday afternoon the Vancouver Canucks acquired Swedish forward Jonathan Dahlen in exchange for veteran winger Alexandre Burrows.

Dahlen comes to the Canucks organization after being selected 42nd overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft this past summer. He returned to Sweden to play for Timra IK in the Allsvenskan (Swedish second division) looking to take another step in his game. Which he did.

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Scouting Dahlen

A quick look at Vancouver's new prospect

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks writer

Jonathan Dahlen, welcome to Vancouver.

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Forget buying or selling, it's about winning

Whether buyers or sellers, Vancouver has had success at the deadline

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Freelance writer

With the NHL's trade deadline fast approaching, the debate about whether the Canucks should be buyers or sellers on March 1 has never been more heated among the fan base.

But whether you're on 'Team Buy' or 'Team Sell,' one thing that everyone can agree on is they want to be on 'Team Win' regardless of whether the payoff is immediate or requires a little patience.

Over their history the Canucks have had their fair share of success on the trade market both as a buyer and a seller, not only during the trade deadline but throughout the year. Here's a look at some of their biggest successes as buyers and sellers.

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Getting Back Up

BCCH patient Lynden Criss lost his Canucks jersey in a fire, and Henrik delivers...

by Rachel Villari @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Lynden Criss insists he can still use his old hockey helmet.

"It didn't get burned," he says, referring to the fire that engulfed his home eight weeks ago. But everything else did - including his team-signed Canucks jersey. Dad's Trevor Linden jersey, too.

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Coming into his own

After starting slow, Tryamkin has seen a maturation to his game in his 42 appearances this season.

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks Freelance Writer

Not much was known about Nikita Tryamkin when he was selected 66th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Passed over in his first two draft eligible seasons, the Canucks saw enough in the 6'7" defenceman to snag him early in the third round.

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Make or Break Time

A look at the Canucks third extended road trip of 2016.17...

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Canucks Freelance Writer

It wasn't long ago when it appeared the Canucks were on the cusp of cracking the playoff picture but after stumbling into the All-Star break and then falling flat coming out of it, what once was a one-point gap between the Canucks and a playoff spot has widened into a five-point chasm as the team gets set to embark on their third extended road trip of the campaign.

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Best of the Best

From nifty dangles from an NHL All-Star to a Tryamkin Smash, the Vancouver Canucks kicked off the New Year with a bang.

by Brady Trettenero @BradyTrett / Canucks Freelance Writer

From nifty dangles from an NHL All-Star to a Tryamkin Smash, the Vancouver Canucks kicked off the New Year with a bang. Here is the best of the best from the month of January.

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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Freelance Writer

The Utica Comets were on fire in January, while Adam Gaudette continues to shine in the NCAA. Catch up on all the action from Canucks prospects during the month of January.

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Garrett: Reaching their potential

Baertschi & Granlund trades paying off

by John Garrett @SNJohnGarrett / Canucks freelance writer

Back in September, EA Sports picked the Canucks to finish last in the Western Conference with 63 points. USA today picked the Canucks to finish in the same position, but with 65 points. As I write this at the All-Star break, the Canucks have 52 points in 50 games and are one point out of a playoff spot. Have they overachieved? Probably, but don't tell them that.

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Bo's All-Star blog 3

First time all-star Bo Horvat wraps up his Hollywood experience

by Bo Horvat @BoHorvat / Canucks all-star forward

Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be here and I can now not only say I've been an all-star, I scored a goal in an all-star game. Two actually!

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Bo's All-Star blog 2

First time all-star Bo Horvat checks in from Hollywood

by Bo Horvat @BoHorvat / Canucks all-star forward

What a day!

The NHL All-Star experience is awesome, and we've only had the appetizer. Today began with a nice breakfast with Holly before I met the media to discuss - wait for it - the all-star game! After that was over I got suited up and made my way to the Staples Center.

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Best of the Best: December

A look at five exceptional plays that ended 2016

by Brady Trettenero @BradyTrett / Canucks freelance writer

From highway robbery to clutch performances in the shootout, the Canucks conclusion to 2016 was full of sensational plays. Here is the best of the best from the month of December.

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Shining bright

The Canucks have a trio of promising young prospects playing in the NCAA.

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks freelance writer

Every Canucks fan should know the name Brock Boeser by now. A first round pick in 2015, Boeser won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2016 World Juniors, tore up the NCAA as a freshman in 2015-16 and is widely considered the top prospect in the organization.

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Passing the Baton

Friday, December 16, Mattias Ohlund will be celebrated for his contributions to the Canucks organization - both on and off the ice.

by Alfred De Vera @canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The story of Mattias Ohlund's rise to become an elite NHL defenceman is well documented: in his rookie season in 1997, Mattias scored 30 points and was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy. The following year, Mattias set a career-high in points with 35 and also served as an alternate captain for the first of 10 seasons. A mobile, physical defenceman who could play on both special teams while being tasked with shutting down the opposition's top line, Mattias could seemingly do it all on the ice. 

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On the road again

Canucks begin five-game trip in New Jersey Tuesday

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Canucks freelance writer

To say the Canucks were reeling at the time they embarked on their first extended road trip out East back in early November would be an understatement.

At the time they had just completed a 0-for-3 home stand, part of a five-game winless streak overall, and that dark cloud hovering about them would follow them for much of their trip as they managed to win just a single game on six-game trek.

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Best of the Best: November

What a goal, what a save, what a penalty shot!

by Brady Trettenero @BradyTrett / Canucks freelance writer

From young blueliners delivering in the clutch to vintage Sedinery, the Canucks made some spectacular plays over the past 30 days. Here is the best of the best from the month of November.

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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks freelance writer

Adam Gaudette is the new NCAA scoring leader among Canucks prospects, while Guillaume Brisebois will be doing some December camping with Team Canada. Take a look back at the month that was for Canucks prospects.

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Renewed hostilities

Canucks and Leafs to battle it out Saturday on HNIC

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Canucks freelance writer

Saturday night with the Maple Leafs in town never lacks in the hype department.

With the Leafs already being a must-see team this season boasting reigning first overall pick Auston Matthews, and with both teams looking for a bounce-back performance, this game already has 'can't miss' written all over it.

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Fighting through injuries

Canucks forced to battle through injuries with top d-pair out

by John Garrett @SNJohnGarrett / Canucks freelance writer

Every team has injuries. How many times have you heard that line? It is true, but the good teams, and even the not so good teams who make the playoffs, are lucky enough that their injuries happen to role players who can be replaced or in sequence so that no two key players are out at the same time.

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Major milestones

Three Canucks are on the verge of team and NHL milestones

by Dave Tomlinson @DTSN1040 / Canucks freelance writer

There are three main figures on this current Canucks team that have played central roles in some of the greatest Canucks moments over the last 10 years.

With their longevity and importance in Canucks history, it's a pretty good time to magnify their upcoming milestone moments that will occur over the next few weeks. As leaders not only in the dressing room, but on the ice as well, Henrik and Daniel Sedin both find themselves close to some lofty NHL numbers. Not to be forgotten, Alex Burrows is closing in on an exclusive group as well, and together these three players make up the fibre of the glory years of Canucks hockey.

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Quite the Stech

Rookie Troy Stecher is having a big impact on Vancouver's defence

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks freelance writer

Before the season began, the Canucks defensive grouping seemed to be penciled in. Chris Tanev and Alex Edler would return as the first pairing, newly acquired Erik Gudbranson and sophomore Ben Hutton would occupy the second pair. Leaving Nikita Tryamkin Luca Sbisa, Philip Larsen, and Alex Biega battling it out for ice-time in the bottom pairing.

Very few people predicted that a NCAA free agent would be the one grabbing all the headlines in training camp and forcing himself into the conversation.

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Fighting back

Canucks honour family and friends battling cancer

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

One of the most important lessons a hockey player ever learns is that it's all about the logo on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

Today, it's the name on the back that matters for the Canucks.

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The Irish Legend

Pat Quinn, beloved in Vancouver, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, Nov. 14

by Stephanie Maniago / Vancouver Canucks

On Monday, November 14, 2016, Pat Quinn will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. The "Big Irishman" was honoured posthumously for his contributions to the hockey world as an inspiring leader, serving as a coach, general manager and executive from 1977-2011. Apart from his nine-year playing career, Quinn worked in various management and executive positions with the Flyers, Kings, Canucks, Maple Leafs and Oilers. He also led many Canadian national teams to various gold medals including the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

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Canucks Prospects Monthly

An in-depth look at Vancouver's prospect depth

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Freelance Writer

Brock Boeser continues to dominate, while a couple of fellow prospects are also off to great starts at the NCAA level. This, that and more on the month that was for Canucks prospects.

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Best of the Best: October

Turning heads left and right to open the season

by Brady Trettenero @BradyTrett / Canucks Freelance Writer

The Canucks got off to a turbulent start this year and completed the month of October with a 4-4-1 record. From newcomers making their presence felt to stellar goaltending, here is the best of the best from the opening month of the season.

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Heading East

Canucks are in Montreal for the first of six eastern road games

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Canucks Freelance Writer

Nine games into the season and the memories of a perfect 4-0-0 start have quickly vanished thanks to a five-game winless. Things won't get much easier for the Canucks over the next couple of weeks as they head east for a stretch of six games in nine days.

Long pilgrimages out east are an annual occurrence for the Canucks and that first big trip can be a tone setter for the rest of the campaign.

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"Bring on the Playoffs"

Columnist John Garrett previews the 2016-17 season

by John Garrett @SNJohnGarrett / Canucks Freelance Writer

The Hockey News, USA Today and just about every other preview magazine and prognosticator have picked the Canucks to miss the playoffs and be among the worst teams in the league this upcoming season. They are basing their opinions solely on last year's terrible season and that is just not right. You have to look at the last two years and justify what took place.

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Bold Predictions

Five reasons to believe the Canucks are on the upswing

by Daniel Fung @daniel_fung / Canucks Freelance Writer

Preseason predictions have a way of making smart individuals look like fools, and fools look like even bigger fools (or, on the rare occasion, geniuses).

Thankfully, yours truly has no qualms about how much crow he has to eat or, conversely, is certainly not shy about the massive amounts of praise that is certain to accompany the 'you were right' messages at the end of the season.

With that said, here are five bold predictions for the 2016.17 season.

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Gudd To Go

Gudbranson, Stecher, Juolevi set for pre-season debut

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

New night, new line-up.

The Canucks, who lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night in their pre-season opener, play their second exhibition game Wednesday hosting the Edmonton Oilers.

Of the players who dressed last night only Jayson Megna and James Sheppard are in the line-up again and although the forward lines remain uncertain, coach Willie Desjardins has locked in his defence.

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Off to San Jose

Vancouver opens its pre-season schedule

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

Bo Horvat walked down the Canucks tunnel Tuesday morning and chuckled as he stepped out onto the bench.

"I didn't expect to become a veteran so quickly," he laughed. "I'm with Virt and Baer tonight - and we're the vets!"

Horvat will indeed play alongside Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen when the Canucks open the pre-season Tuesday night in San Jose; the trio combines for 343 NHL games played. With the likes of Tuomo Ruutu (735 games) and James Sheppard (394 games) also in the line-up, Horvat and company won't truly be the team's more experienced players, but they'll be looked upon as such.

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Resurgent Rodin

Seven years after being drafted, Rodin on cusp of NHL

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

Of the 60 players selected in the first two rounds of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 50 have played at least one NHL game.

Anton Rodin, drafted 53rd overall by the Canucks that year, is set to become the 51st to play in the big league this season, if all goes according to plan.

Then again, nothing has gone according to plan for Rodin.

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Pair of Aces

Projected D-partners skate together on Day 2

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

The chemistry has just begun and there's already been a reaction.

The Vancouver Canucks, made up of 60 players split into three groups, began practicing at Meadow Park Sports Centre in Whistler Friday, and it was rise and shine for Group A with ice time at 8:30 a.m.

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Canucks camp battles

Many players set to compete for few positions

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks Freelance Writer

With the Young Stars classic in the rear-view mirror, the Canucks organization turns its attention to training camp, which officially began Thursday at Rogers Arena. Now that the physical testing is done, the Canucks are in Whistler about to hit the ice and begin a camp that comes with many questions throughout the line-up.

Looking at the forward group, it's clear that Henrik and Daniel Sedin will once again occupy the first line, but could see a new winger with newcomer Loui Eriksson, who is currently occupying that spot with them at the World Cup. In the mix for that spot, is incumbent Jannik Hansen, who had a career-high 22 goals alongside the Sedins last season.

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Stecher blog - 9.18.16

A win, family time and sushi - lots of sushi

by Troy Stecher @troystecher / Young Stars blogger

Muuuuuch better.

We earned a 3-2 win over Winnipeg this afternoon and it goes without saying winning leads to much better feelings than losing. Highlight of the game for me was getting some love from the crowd after the in-game announcer called out the assists on our first goal. I just put a harmless puck on net and coach Green told us before the game to capitalize on our second and third chances, which we didn't do against Edmonton. Obviously we did against Winnipeg and it led to an assist for me.

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Stecher blog - 9.16.16

Troy Stecher, aka Etch-a-Stech, writes before making his Canucks debut

by Troy Stecher @troystecher / Young Stars blogger

I have a confession to make: this isn't my first time blogging.

As a communications major at University of North Dakota I had the chance to run a blog similar to this, giving fans insight into me and the team. It was a lot of fun and now that I'm back at it again, I'll admit I forgot how much I enjoyed it. My UND blog had something this blog doesn't, however: an incredible title. It was called Etch-a-Stech and the UND team made the epic photo below for it! Hilarious.

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Stecher blog - 9.15.16

Hear from prospect Troy Stecher following Thursday's practice

by Troy Stecher @troystecher / Young Stars blogger

Hi Canucks fans! Troy Stecher here, writing to you from Penticton, BC, where we'll be for the next five days playing in the 2016 Young Stars Tournament. We just got back to the hotel after our first team practice; it was a tough skate, but nice to be back on the ice.

I'm quite familiar with Penticton and the South Okanagan Events Centre having lived here and played for the Vees for three seasons (2010-2013). Returning to this rink is quite special and it's exciting to be back in that change room, sitting in the same stall I used three years ago. I actually signed the bottom side of the bench seat after my last game for the Vees and I checked today and it's still there. They did a lot for me here, I came in at 16, pretty young, and matured a lot, then I moved on to the next level. I give a lot of credit to Fred Harbinson and this organization.

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Canucks Young Stars preview

No. 5 draft pick Olli Juolevi will make his debut

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Prospects Writer

It begins.

Some of the top prospects in the Canucks' organization will be in beautiful Penticton later this week as the 2016 Young Stars Classic gets underway on Friday.

The tournament not only gives the organization a good look at what they have in the system, but allows fans to get a glimpse of some future Canucks players competing against top prospects from three other organizations. Last year, six players that laced up the skates with the Canucks in Penticton saw action with the big club during the regular season, including Ben Hutton and Jake Virtanen.

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