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Wake With Elias: Canucks Announce Team Awards & Jack Rathbone is in Limbo

The Canucks MVP of the regular season will also be their most important player come playoff time.

Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks
Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks skates up the ice during their NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena February 10, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 6-2.
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Canucks News

  • The Canucks announced their team awards yesterday. [Canucks]

There weren’t too many surprises among the selections. Jacob Markstrom was named the teams MVP, and he also won the Three-Star Award). J.T. Miller was named the team’s Unsung Hero, Quinn Hughes was the Top Defenceman, Elias Pettersson was the Most Exciting Player and Alex Edler (Henrik and Daniel Sedin community leadership).

  • Ben Kuzma spoke to Jim Benning about Jack Rathbone’s situation. [The Province]
  • Jack Rathbone himself was actually on Vancouver sports radio earlier this week as well. [TSN 1040]
  • Rob Reese writes about the three Western Conference Teams who benefit most from the long-layoff due to injured players returning. The Canucks make that list, 100% because of Jacob Markstrom. [NHL]
  • Stephen Roget argues that the flat salary cap is actually good for the Canucks. [Canucks Army]

NHL News

  • Frank Seravalli reports that the next NHL season is scheduled to start on December 1st. Recent reports suggest that the Stanley Cup would be awarded on October 2nd at the latest, with the draft taking place on October 10th. [TSN]
2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - New York Rangers v Buffalo Sabres
New York Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff walks off the ice during the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field on January 1, 2018 in New York, New York.
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  • The New Jersey Devils have named Lindy Ruff as they next head coach. Our SB Nation partners in New Jersey give a scathing breakdown of the addition. [All About The Jersey]
  • Zach Parise chats about how he thinks the Wild stack up against the Canucks. [TSN]
  • Finally, Emily Cave wrote a heartfelt piece about how she’ll remember her husband, Colby Cave, who passed away on April 11th at the age of 25. [ESPN]