Categories
LITC Blog

Canucks Preseason Notebook: Juolevi, Lammikko, Opening Night projections and goalie depth

It’s been a long time since the Canucks entered a season with guaranteed playoff expectations. Even the Cinderella roster that finished among the final five teams in the NHL Playoff Bubble in 2019-20 was expected by most to finish just out of the original postseason race. That’s not the case in 2021-22. After signing Elias […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Long term goals remain a mystery, but Pettersson and Hughes’ new contracts solidify ‘win now’ plans for Canucks

It came down to the wire, but the boys are back. After weeks of speculation the Canucks finally put ink to paper yesterday, signing franchise stars Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes to contract extensions totaling a very nice $69.15 million over the next six years. Pettersson returns on a three-year bridge deal with an AAV […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Seattle Expansion Draft: Who the Canucks could lose and projecting the Kraken’s first 30 players

Updated 10 am: It didn’t take long for this article to be quickly outdated. Among the many draft picks Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli broke prior to the Expansion Draft was the Kraken choosing winger Kole Lind from the Canucks. And by the final choice of the night, rumour became reality. The loss of Lind to […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Name Game: Ranking the Canucks’ ten prospective names for Abbotsford AHL team

When it comes to the Canucks’ new American Hockey League affiliate coming to Abbotsford for the 2021-22 season, the potential roster and front office aren’t the parts of franchise building on everyone’s mind. It’s what the new team’s name and jerseys will look like. After spending eight seasons in New York sending prospects to the […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s FINAL North Division Power Rankings: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

I’ve never watched Cheers before, but I have seen the show’s final shot. Sam Malone closes up the bar, waves away a potential customer and takes one last stroll around the empty tavern, silently reminiscing about the memories made there. Here in the North Division, the Canucks and Flames will be locking up the joint. […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 15): The Habs’ Gambit

I so many questions about the Montreal Canadiens that I’d like answered. Who are the Canadiens? Also, what are the Canadiens? And why are the Canadiens? No matter how you slice it, the Canadiens are a team that don’t make much sense. One week they’ll play such inspired hockey that people will call them a […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 14): Jets and Leafs turns bitter while Canucks grab top spot

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs just around the corner – barring any more problems with COVID-19 – the intensity within the North Division has been picking up with every passing week. And it all came to a head on Thursday and Saturday, when the Jets and Maple Leafs locked horns during a chaotic two game […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 13): Canucks make statement return from COVID

It’s not often your weekly column is forced to take a two week hiatus. But when a massive COVID outbreak hit the Canucks and put the team out of commission, suddenly it was really hard to make funny jokes. In fact, it still kind of is. The Canucks finally returned to ice tonight against the […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Why there’s no North Division Power Rankings this week

Normally this is the time of the week where my North Division Power Rankings go, a weekly bit where I crack one liners about all seven Canadian teams and how they’re doing. But there’s something important going on in Vancouver that makes it really hard to be funny. The number of positive COVID tests sweeping […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 12): Goalies, Goalies, Goalies

This season has been rough on everybody. But not many have it rougher than Anton Forsberg. Forsberg had started the season off on the right foot, earning a one year, $700K deal from the Edmonton Oilers in October to join their taxi squad behind the established duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. But what […]