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Vancouver Canucks: Anders Nilsson dresses up as Spider-Man

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 05: Anders Nilsson Vancouver Canucks prospects ranking 2017: 5 Honourable mentions by David Joun New Vancouver Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson has already won Twitter by giving his son the best birthday present ever — dressing up as Spider-Man. The Vancouver Canucks signed former Buffalo Sabres backup Anders Nilsson to a two-year deal worth $5 million on Canada Day. But Nilsson will bring more than just solid goaltending to the team, if his recent Instagram post is an indication of anything. Vancouver has looked for a high character player since trading away Eddie Lack two seasons ago....

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Vancouver Canucks: What the lines should be in 2018

Vancouver Canucks: Where they stand in Pacific Division by Alex Hoegler New Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green will have a tough task of creating a lineup full of aging veterans, young roster players and rookies. So what should the lines be in 2017-18? The Vancouver Canucks have been among the NHL’s worst teams the last couple of seasons due in large part to their inability to score. Former head coach Willie Desjardins wasn’t able to find the right line combinations — a reason why he was fired just months ago. Desjardins confused many with his roster decisions. Nobody...

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Vancouver Canucks: Where they stand in Pacific Division

The Vancouver Canucks: The Anton Rodin Story by Isha Jahromi The Vancouver Canucks have had troubles since moving to the Pacific Division in 2013-14, but they’re starting to gain ground on some of their rivals. The Northwest Division used to be the greatest gift the Vancouver Canucks could ask for. This team cruised to seven division titles over a nine-year span from 2004 to 2013, thanks in large part to a fairly weak division that consisted of the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. But the NHL realigned their divisions and conferences before the 2013-14 season....

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Vancouver Canucks: Bridge contract is best for Bo Horvat

Vancouver Canucks: Jim Benning is safe for 2018 by Alex Hoegler With an extension looming for Bo Horvat, the Vancouver Canucks need to find a way to hammer out a bridge deal with their rising star centre. The Vancouver Canucks haven’t had to worry about extending any of their key players in four years — when former general manager Mike Gillis extended Daniel and Henrik Sedin for $28 million over four years apiece. But general manager Jim Benning has to extend centre Bo Horvat — the team’s leading scorer in 2017 who figures to be the superstar the Canucks build...

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Vancouver Canucks: Jim Benning is safe for 2018

Flashback Friday: Canucks dethrone the Blackhawks by Alex Hoegler Though many Vancouver Canucks fans have seemingly been clamoring for general manager Jim Benning to get fired, his job should be safe for 2018. It’s been a long time since the majority of Vancouver Canucks fans have been fully invested in a general manager. As such, many don’t seem to believe that current general manager Jim Benning should last much longer. But in reality, Benning has done a masterful job through his first four summers as Vancouver’s GM, and there’s no reason to believe nor hope that team president Trevor...

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Flashback Friday: Canucks dethrone the Blackhawks

Vancouver Canucks: Players that could get traded in 2018 by Alex Hoegler The Vancouver Canucks haven’t experienced any playoff success in six years, but Alexandre Burrows’ iconic goal to take down the Chicago Blackhawks lives on. Vancouver Canucks fans haven’t had a whole lot to celebrate since reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. This team has only qualified for the playoffs three times since dropping Game 7 on home ice against the Boston Bruins, and they haven’t won a single postseason series in six years. Obviously, it’s been a rough transition for Canucks fans. From 2001 to 2013, this...

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Vancouver Canucks: Players that could get traded in 2018

Vancouver Canucks: The Canuck Way Launches App For iOS and Android by FanSided Flashback Friday: Canucks dethrone the Blackhawks by Alex Hoegler With the Vancouver Canucks transitioning to a rebuild with younger players, they could look to move out a number of their veterans at the 2018 trade deadline. At the 2017 trade deadline, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning pulled off a pair of massive coups that helped this team move towards its rebuilding phase. Benning traded away Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks for Nikolay Goldobin, before stealing prized prospect Jonathan Dahlen from the Ottawa Senators in exchange...

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