Jason Botchford admits he wants the Sedins to chase a Cup with a good team, but also says he's yet to see a case why and how the team is better next season without the twins...as free agents are unlikely to sign with the worst team in the NHL
EJ Hradek suggests, despite the same expansion rules for Seattle, GMs will approach this one very differently - maybe accepting they're going to lose a player and not be overly creative trying to keep that single player
The Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals open the WHL playoffs Friday night and Giants forward Ty Ronning says for them to win this series, they need to stay out of the box, generate a lot of offensive zone time and sacrifice the body.
Adam Caplan says it’s clear Seattle is rebuilding, as there’s really not a ton of top talent left on the roster. Adam likes what the Giants and Eagles have done in free agency, and discusses the ongoing QB carousel in the league
TSN’s Josh Lewenberg says the Raptors have a reputation as a team that is easy to bait, that reacts quickly to tough reffing decisions. Josh suggests that hurts the Raptors, and it’s a concern as the club moves towards the postseason and opponents scout the Raps harder than in the regular season
TSN Hockey Insider and The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun says if you're going to rank all the Canadian teams and their frustration heading into the off-season, he wouldn't have Vancouver in the top three. Pierre says the Canucks at least now know they are building around Boeser, Horvat and eventually Pettersson.…
JD Burke from Nation Network Radio says there are just two players on the Canucks current roster - Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat - who are part of the solution, and no potential top-four defensemen down the road....and that shows how deep the issues are for the Canucks
Eric Edholm from Pro Football Weekly suggests none of the QB signings is a sure-fire home run, and the WR market is starting to get out of control – including $8m yearly for Paul Richardson and $6m for Danny Amendola. Eric also discusses the Seahawks situation, including the possibility of grabbing Ndamukong Suh…
Sami Salo says Olli Juolevi is seeing first PP duties in Turku, but also says Juolevi needs to keep improving in his own zone and get better physically to have a chance to crack the Canucks lineup in the fall
Jason Botchford suggests the Canucks have a long road ahead to rebuild their defensive group, suggesting the current setup is one of the worst in the NHL. Botch thinks Ben Hutton is done in Vancouver after this season
InGoal Magazine's Kevin Woodley says the Canucks AHL team being across the country does play a part in bringing Thatcher Demko up for some spots starts because geographically, it's not easy to send him back down. Kevin adds the Canucks need to decide if next season Demko needs to be around the NHL game full-time, even in a back-up role.…
ESPN’s Jason Sobel saw enough clutch shots and moments from Tiger Woods at the Valspar to suggest he’s back. Jason says Tiger enters Bay Hill in a good spot, where he’s won 8 times, and suggests Tiger could very much be in the mix again this weekend.
The Province's Ben Kuzma says he doesn't have a problem with Thatcher Demko playing for the Canucks next season if he gets a chance to play some games this year. Ben says it would be beneficial to Demko to understand what the NHL is like and what he needs to work on this summer.
JD Burke suggests Elias Pettersson is ready for the NHL next year, but isn't sure if he'll be a centre or a winger. JD also suggests the Canucks have some very interesting roster decisions coming this summer
Mike Johnson points out that some players - good players, too - need to have the puck and aren't great at getting it back...but once they have it, they can be effective. Mike suggests Nikolay Goldobin may be in that group, and a decimated, young Canucks team isn't a team that has the puck often.