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Wake With Elias: The Canucks only have one untouchable player

At least, that’s what Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend.

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Dallas Stars v Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes #43 (L) and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks walk to the Canucks dressing room before their NHL game against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena April 18, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Things haven’t been going well in Vancouver.

However, a report over the weekend might have ushered in a new low.

Despite years of losing, Canucks fans have always held onto the fact that they have two core players to build around: Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes.

The two have been considered untouchable throughout their entire tenures in Vancouver. But, that could soon be changing.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend that right now, Elias Pettersson is the only untouchable player on the Canucks.

That doesn’t mean the team is trading Hughes though, and Friedman said it would take “a mammoth offer” to pry Quinn out of Vancouver.

A report about Hughes no longer being untouchable is mildly surprising, but that’s what happens when your team once again let a stink bomb off at Rogers Arena during Hockey Night in Canada for the second week in a row.

Even though the Canucks didn’t have Pettersson in the lineup on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets, there’s no excusing just how piss-poor of a performance it was by the home team.

And that’s the second Saturday in a row where they’ve been thoroughly outplayed on Hockey Night in Canada. The Canucks gave Filip Gustafsson his first career NHL shutout in a 3-0 loss to the Wild last Saturday.

At this point, fans just want change, because this team as constructed is downright depressing.

Canucks News

  • NM alum Harman Dayal is right...Canucks fans deserve a rebuild. [The Athletic]
  • In case you tuned out by the third period on Saturday night, there was another Canucks jersey thrown on the ice. [Daily Hive — Offside]
  • The NHL’s roster freeze kicks in tomorrow. Will the Canucks make a move before then? [The Hockey News]
  • Nothing much of note came out of Patrik Allvin’s appearance on After Hours on Saturday night. He’s certainly learned the art of talking about nothing when asked an important question.

If you want to tread through the footage, here it is...

  • Elias Pettersson: great hockey player...but is he even better at sports predictions?

Around the NHL

  • Canucks fans caught a glimpse of him on Saturday night, but Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey is having himself a Norris-calibre season. [TSN]
  • Meanwhile in the Western Conference turtle race, the Minnesota Wild are pulling away from the pack after winning their fifth straight game on Sunday. [NHL]
  • Some fantasy hockey thoughts...for those of you who are slumping like the Canucks right now. [Sportsnet]
  • A number of rookie netminders are making an impact this season, with a couple of them playing in the Pacific Division. [NHL]
  • Here’s a look at the Top 50 players heading into the NHL Entry Draft in 2023. [The Hockey News]