Despite being badly outshot by a very strong Vegas Golden Knights team, the Vancouver Canucks extended their playoff series to a sixth game thanks to a massive 42-save effort by Thatcher Demko in his NHL playoff debut.
Two incredible performances from goaltender Thatcher Demko now have the Vancouver Canucks one game away from advancing to the NHL's 2020 Western Conference Final. Game 7 goes Friday night from Edmonton.
The Vancouver Canucks' comeback hopes came to an end on Friday, when they were shut out by the Vegas Golden Knights.
We've got two rounds of playoff hockey still ahead, but the real work starts now for the Vancouver Canucks as the club navigates and important and challenging offseason.
Now that the Vancouver Canucks are officially into the offseason, we won't have to wait long to see how Jim Benning will remake his roster for next season. The opening of free agency is just a month away, which means decisions will need to be made quickly on potential UFAs like Jacob Markstrom and Tyler Toffoli.
Bo Horvat and Chris Tanev shared their thoughts about the realities of life in the NHL bubble as they spoke to the media this week, and Tyler Toffoli made it clear that he'd also like to stay in Vancouver — although his old team may have the salary-cap flexibility to invite him back.
We're down to crunch time already in the NHL's Conference Final series, with both series sitting at 3-1 and comebacks at this stage extremely rare. Former short-term Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn and one-time assistant/associate coach Rick Bowness look poised to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
When the Minnesota Wild signed Jonas Brodin to a long-term contract extension on Tuesday, it triggered another round of speculation that defenseman Matt Dumba could be on the move. The Canucks have often been rumoured to have interest, and could have a piece in Brock Boeser that the Wild would covet.
Trade rumours have swirled around Brock Boeser's name this week, and will probably continue to do so for as long as Tyler Toffoli is in the mix. But Boeser told the media on Thursday that he loves Vancouver, wants to stay, and believes that the Canucks can chase a Stanley Cup very soon. To do that, the team may have to make a bold move to unload the contract of Loui Eriksson, which has two years remaining.