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The VANcast with Drancer and Farhan Lalji: A show about the Vancouver Canucks

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The Athletic's Thomas Drance follows the Vancouver Canucks around North America for the entirety of their season, bringing you interviews, news, and stories from life on the road with the team three times a week.

The Athletic's Thomas Drance follows the Vancouver Canucks around North America for the entirety of their season, bringing you interviews, news, and stories from life on the road with the team three times a week.

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The Athletic's Thomas Drance follows the Vancouver Canucks around North America for the entirety of their season, bringing you interviews, news, and stories from life on the road with the team three times a week.

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English


Episodes

The Canucks' Florida trip , Elias Pettersson's production, and choosing a path for this team's future

1/14/2022
Farhan and Drancer recap the Canucks' recent games against the Panthers and Lightning, where themes of moral victories and special teams issues make their return. Then, with Elias Pettersson being moved to LW, and Drancer also dives into Canucks player history to show that maybe not all is doom and gloom with his current production. Next, the decisions needing to be made on the team's future hinges on the results of the next crop of games, and the search for front office personnel continues....

Duration:01:07:50

Kodak Black and the Panthers snap the Canucks streak

1/12/2022
Farhan and Thomas look back on the Canucks 5-2 loss to the Panthers in South Florida Tuesday night. The Canucks 9 day layoff between games certainly played a factor in the loss to Florida. The guys dissect the play of Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and ask if this is the best Elias Petterson can be for the Canucks? The guys wonder if the Canucks should make a pitch for Evander Kane, and what that dynamic could do in the Canucks dressing room. Lalji and Drancer look ahead to the rest of this...

Duration:00:48:40

Tremendous opportunity for the Canucks on upcoming road trip

1/5/2022
Farhan and Thomas return with an all new VANcast with the Canucks continuing to practice, with no games scheduled until the weekend vs Ottawa. The guys discuss Bruce Boudreau's comments on playoff chances, with the new coach proclaiming that the Canucks need to play .500 hockey in their next 8 games to have a shot at the playoffs. Plus, we analyze Boudreau's comments on defender Tyler Myers and the Canucks upcoming road swing against tough opponents in Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina,...

Duration:00:45:44

Discussing reasonable expectations for the Canucks, buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, and a daunting test ahead

1/3/2022
In their first episode of 2022, Drancer and Farhan discuss the continuing positive vibes of the Canucks as they are 8-0-1 in the Boudreau era. What are reasonable expectations for this team now? Is the team that much different from when they were coached by Travis Green? Drancer dives into the data. Also, the pair discuss a daunting road trip ahead that will be a real test for this team, if the Canucks may be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, and to wrap up, the first feel-good hockey...

Duration:00:53:42

Diving into the data of the last six Canucks games with Harman Dayal

12/29/2021
Ahead of Wednesday night's game vs Anaheim, Farhan and Drancer discuss the ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, the return of the taxi squad, facing the Ducks and Kings on this road trip, and more. Then they are joined by The Athletic's Harman Dayal to dig into the numbers behind the Canucks' last six games, is their success sustainable? Also, what needs to happen to keep it going? Also, the WJC tournament has now been cancelled, but takeaways on what was seen from Canucks prospect Dmitri...

Duration:00:49:20

VANcast mailbag takes red hot Canucks into an extended Christmas break with many questions still to be answered

12/24/2021
Farhan Lalji and Thomas Drance present their Christmas gift to the VANcast listeners, answering your questions in another edition of the VANcast mailbag. Drancer and Lalji touch on a number of topics that have Canuck fans interested, including.....who the next General Manager will be, if Jim Rutherford will make a move this season or wait for the off-season, why is Elias Pettersson struggling and what the future holds for J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser in Vancouver. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:01:14:37

Canucks enter a Bruce Boudreau "minicamp" as the team's games are postponed for the week

12/20/2021
Drancer and Farhan discuss the latest goings on with the Canucks, including four games currently postponed, and the latest updates on players in COVID-19 protocols. Also, discussions on how the NHL may handle this rapidly-evolving situation, and the complication of logistics. Then, a practice on Monday morning as Bruce Boudreau works on implementing his own systems in a "minicamp" this week while their games off the schedule. To wrap up, some good ol' jersey talk! Save on a subscription to...

Duration:00:41:56

The Boudreau bounce, the Canucks have gone streaking

12/17/2021
Drancer and Farhan return with an all new VANcast with the Canucks have won six straight under new head coach Bruce Boudreau, including last night in San Jose. Thomas and Farhan breakdown how the Canucks, with a depleted defence, are getting it done. The guys discuss the promotion to Stan Smyl, the hiring of Derek Clancey as an assistant general manager and who Jim Rutherford might be looking at to fill more positions in the front office. Plus, we provide a COVID-19 update, and look ahead to...

Duration:00:51:29

Canucks defeat Blue Jackets to win fifth in a row, the work Jim Rutherford has in front of him, and the rapidly evolving COVID situation

12/15/2021
So much has transpired in the last couple of days, where do Drancer and Farhan even start? Well, how about the Canucks scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Blue Jackets? How about the 5th win in a row? They recap the game, and discuss if there is such thing as a "Boudreau Bump", and blue line quality as depth gets narrow on defense. Then, the guys lay out the work Jim Rutherford has in front of him, and the timeline of many of the changes in the team's front office. Also, thoughts on...

Duration:00:58:11

Jim Rutherford joins the Vancouver Canucks as President of Hockey Operations

12/9/2021
On an all new VANcast, Farhan and Drancer discuss Jim Rutherford announcement to bring Hockey Hall of Famer, and three time Stanley Cup champion Jim Rutherford in to the front office as the franchises President of Hockey Operations. The guys look at some of the candidates that Rutherford might look at for the General Manager position, and we debate Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes on the penalty kill and critique the Canucks play, two games into the Bruce Boudreau era. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:56:51

Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and interim GM Stan Smyl speak to media, team beats Los Angeles Kings 4-0 in Bruce Boudreau's first game as coach

12/7/2021
What a difference a day makes. Farhan and Drancer return with another pod recapping Monday's events for the Canucks, sharing takeaways from media availability with owner Francesco Aquilini and interim GM Stan Smyl earlier in the day, Bruce Boudreau's approach and the breath of fresh air he brings to a team that desperately needs it, the team's 4-0 win over the Kings and the energy felt in the building, and more. Save on a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/vancast Learn more about...

Duration:00:55:36

Canucks fire coach Travis Green and GM Jim Benning, Bruce Boudreau will now coach

12/6/2021
Farhan and Drancer dive into the breaking news of the Canucks firing both head coach Travis Green, and GM Jim Benning and more on Sunday, and the hiring of Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. Also, the new management structure of the team, what will the search a new GM could look like, a discussion about the fan throwing a jersey on the ice, Jim Benning's legacy and much more. Save on a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/vancast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:56:07

Negativity remains, even with the Canucks winning two in a row, with so much more work to do, to get back to positivity.

12/2/2021
On an all new VANcast, Farhan and Drancer discuss the Canucks two game winning streak against lesser lights Montreal and Ottawa, and the tough schedule ahead for the team. The guys argue about if we should be talking about playoff chances, if the team remains hot or if we should just looking at the positives, like improved play from Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller, Quinn Hughes, Thatcher Demko and Brock Boeser. Drancer and Farhan also dissect the comments made by NHL player agent Kevin Epp,...

Duration:00:56:35

Canucks beat Canadiens 2-1 in Dysfunction Bowl, while the organization still flounders towards inevitable

11/30/2021
Farhan and Drancer discuss the Canucks 2-1 win over the Canadiens in what they have dubbed the "Dysfunction Bowl" on Monday night. And while there were some positives to take from that win, will any of it slow down the inevitable search for a new head coach? The pair discuss the team's lack of pieces they need to compete, off-ice, the disconnect throughout the franchise, Elias Pettersson feeling the pressure, and much more. Get a subscription to The Athletic for $3.99/month:...

Duration:00:54:36

Who will pay the price for listless Vancouver Canucks that lack a heartbeat, as nightmare season continues

11/25/2021
Drancer and Farhan with a post game edition of the VANcast, discuss the Canucks uninspiring, brutal defensive effort in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The guys discuss the answers that Travis Green, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller gave, to the tough questions asked by the media post game. Farhan and Thomas address the trade rumours swirling around J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser, they dissect the play of Elias Pettersson who had the worst game of his season, and when the Aquilinii...

Duration:00:50:59

Minnesota Wild reportedly interested in J.T. Miller, what change in the organization would be most effective, and more

11/23/2021
Farhan and Drancer kick off the episode with a discussion about the last two games vs the Jets and Blackhawks, and the positives that can be taken away from both. Then, they dig into the Minnesota Wild reportedly being interested in J.T. Miller. What could it mean? Also, what change in the organization would be the most effective, are Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes still untouchable, the return of the Botchford Project, and much more. It's the best deal of the year, and only lasts through...

Duration:00:48:53

Jim Benning's 8 years in Vancouver, is still not enough as the Canucks continue to lose.

11/18/2021
Farhan and Drancer return with a new VANcast, fresh off Jim Benning meeting the media with the Canucks in the midst of a five game losing streak. The guys dissect the answers the GM gave on some tough questions from the assembled media, including if Benning feels responsible for the teams plight, if eight years has been enough for him and his management team to build a winner, why ownership isn't made available to face the tough questions from the media, and if coach Travis Green's job could...

Duration:01:00:06

Humbled and embarrassed, the Canucks return home from their road trip

11/15/2021
Farhan and Drancer let it fly in recapping the Canucks' awful road trip. What can get this team back on track? Is the locker room broken? Will there be any changes made this week? The guys are here for you to talk through all of it. Save on an annual subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/Vancast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:55:00

Brutal officiating and special team struggles dominate Canucks in loss to Ducks

11/10/2021
Drancer and Farhan look back on what went right and what went wrong in the Canucks 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. The guys dissect the brutal officiating, how the NHL needs to step up and admit that there is a problem with how the NHL officials do their job, and fix it. We also take a look at the Canucks penalty kill and faceoff struggles and Vasili Podkolzin's elevation to top 9 status on the Canucks forward units. Plus we address the Canucks upcoming road trip,...

Duration:00:57:15

Canucks power play shines vs. Dallas, penalty kill woes remain, Vasily Podkolzin shows promise, and more

11/8/2021
Drancer and Farhan are back following a 6-3 Canucks win against the Stars on Sunday night. They hit on the power play getting to work with 3 power play goals, the penalty kill still has much to be desired, Elias Pettersson getting outmuscled, Vasily Podkolzin showing promise early on in the season, and much more. Save on an annual subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/vancast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:57