By the Numbers: Canucks after 60 Games

Ryan Biech
February 24 2017 01:00PM

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When one compares how the Vancouver Canucks season's played out to date to what most expected, you can count theirs among the more compelling seasons in recent memory. Many fans expected the Canucks to fight to the end for a playoff spot; others expected them to compete for draft lottery prominence.

No matter one's hopes or perspective of the season, it's always worthwhile to take stock of where the team is at and which end of the spectrum it aligns with closest. As we await the Canucks first game on other side of the bye week against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, the league's afforded us the opportunity to do just that.

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How Teams are Impacted by the NHL Bye Week

Ryan Biech
February 23 2017 01:06PM

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The NHL added a new wrinkle to the schedule this season with the league mandated bye week. Each team gets one, granting the players respite from the rigours of an 82 game season if ever so briefly. The NHLPA secured the vacation time in exchange for agreeing to the three-on-three format in the NHL All-Star Game.

With five teams coming off their bye week this past weekend, the combined record is now 4-12-4. Teams playing in the first game out of their bye week are outscored 39-68 in their first game back.

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Will the Canucks sign Gaudette and Boeser before season end?

Ryan Biech
February 20 2017 01:54PM

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I've been having an internal debate over these last few weeks over why the Canucks have held at 46 salaried player contracts for the season.

At a glance, flexibility seems the most obvious reason. With 46 contracts, the Canucks can add players without too much handwringing. There's value in peace of mind, and by not overextending themselves it's likely the Canucks granted themselves just that.

However, another angle has come to the forefront. It's one I'd given consideration to but never credence, without definitive information to reaffirm it. What if the Canucks are saving contract spots for their NCAA prospects so that they might use games this season as an ace in hand and entice them to sign? With the possibility of burning a year of their ELC as a carrot to dangle?

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Canucks need to be decisive and take advantage of market

Ryan Biech
February 17 2017 03:00PM

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Here we are, just twelve short days from the March 1st NHL trade deadline. Things are about to get interesting.

The Canucks sit five points removed from the last wild-card spot and play the team they are chasing, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday. The L.A. Kings are hanging around, and have two games in hand. Coupled with a downright hostile schedule, it's looking like the Canucks will be in tough to make the playoffs.

All this underscores exactly why the Canucks need to be decisive as they address the topic du jour. They need to sell what few assets they can, and let the season wind down to its inevitable conclusion.

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A Long-Term Look at the Canucks Salary Cap Situation

Ryan Biech
February 02 2017 01:41PM

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With the Canucks a mere few weeks from the NHL trade deadline, it's time to take stock of the position from which they're operating. For the purpose of today's exercise, we'll prioritize fiscal assets ahead of personnel.

Having a clearer picture of what the Canucks have regarding their forwards, defence, goaltending, dollars and contracts will provide insight into some moves, if they happen, in the coming weeks.

Over the course of the next month, I will be able to use this snapshot to analyze, suggest some ideas,  and create discussion, but for today, we are just visualizing where the organization stands.

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