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Six of One, Half-Dozen The Other

Over the last twelve games, the Vancouver Canucks have managed to alternate wins and losses evenly. In what has to be the strangest stetch of hockey in recent memory, the Canucks have hit a bit of a scoring drought. With around 17 games remaining for most teams, the Canucks are really feeling the squeeze from the more desperate style of hockey being played. Mikael Samuelsson confirmed it in comments made to Jason Botchford of the Province: "Say what you want, I will be surprised if we outw

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

CCC - Clay's Canucks Commentary for March 3, 2011: Movin' On Up

The Vancouver Canucks added some depth at the forward position on this past Monday's NHL trade deadline, bringing in Christopher Higgins from Florida and Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim. They are both expected to play pivotal roles for the Canucks as they look ahead to the last quarter of the season and of course, the playoffs. Given that they are both former Habs, I decided to take a look at the Canucks' current roster to see where all of our players have played before the Canucks. Among t

Canuck Clay

Canuck Clay

 

THE THREE MATTS

Just prior to the recent home series vs the Stockton Thunder, former Northern Michigan Wildcat defenceman Geoff Waugh, was called up by the Manitoba Moose, whose size, reach, and smooth skating style along with toughness will be of help to the AHL Winnipeg entry. Currently there are two other former NMU Wildcats on the Victoria Salmon Kings roster. Both began their junior careers in the BCHL. At age 17, North Vancouver's Matt Siddall had a successful 14 games with the Langley Hornets (24 pts, 13
 

Canucks Add Grit, Sandpaper

The February 28th trade deadline came and went, with the Vancouver Canucks adding without subtracting. With the additions of Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre, the Canucks now find their forward ranks replete with depth and character. Roles once filled by Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows as agitating, shift disturbing defensive types, have been filled by Lapierre and Higgins. General Manager Mike Gillis added the two players without surrendering a roster player. Instead, he moved 3rd round pic

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Gillis Adds Grit

So at the end of the day, still no Zenon Konopka. That's unfortunate. I really think he could've helped. But Mike Gillis had the most productive deadline day of his career, bringing in veterans Chris Higgins from Florida and Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim. On a day in which little activity was anticipated, in part due to the large number of trades that occurred weeks before the deadline, Gillis accounted for 1/8 of all total trades. This despite Vancouver supposedly being one of the quietest teams.

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Vancouver Canucks Bring in Former Montreal Canadiens

VANCOUVER—The Canucks management brass made two deals right at the NHL trade deadline on Monday, Feb.28. The Canucks targeted two players who will come in and help their forward depth, two guys who are interchangeable in the bottom six role on the Canucks. With the opening on the fourth line center ice position all season, after former-West coast express member Brendan Morrison exiled to Calgary for a bigger role, the Canucks had no proper replacement to fit in the fourth line. Ro

Dan_Hamhuis

Dan_Hamhuis

 

Going Forward

The trade deadline is tomorrow and in all likelihood the Canucks will not be making any changes. It's understandable, given the status quo with the Canucks atop the league with a healthy 15-point lead over second-place Minnesota in the division. This team boasts some really high-end skill, but given the recent performances of Mason Raymond, the on-and-off play of Mikael Samuelsson, and the general ineffectiveness of the bottom six save Tanner Glass and Manny Malhotra on most nights, you have to

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

alexburrows

does anyone know when alex burrows will do a meet and greet soon? i like love him :| hes my favorite player sadly i wont be going to superskills so i wont be seeing him if i got to meet him i would jus faint and my life would be made <3 :D

burrows14 lover

burrows14 lover

 

A Night with Fin's Trainer, Tyler

Once a month we provide one lucky Fan Club member with a pair of tickets to a game and a once in a life time experience: assist yours truly, FIN, in some of the whale's duties that night and gets the title of FIN's Trainer. In February, Tyler from Abbotsford was selected as FIN's Trainer at the Canucks vs Senators game! He did a FIN-tastic job and I can't wait to share the details of our night with you. The night started with Tyler and his father watching the first period in their seats.

Mascot Fin

Mascot Fin

 

Three More Reasons to Love the Vancouver Canucks

As I write this, the Vancouver Canucks are in the number one spot in the National Hockey League (NHL). Canucks forward Daniel Sedin currently has the most points in the league, and his twin brother Henrik has the third most points (Henrik won the Hart Trophy for most points in the NHL last season). The Sedins are not the only reason why many feel the Canucks have a great shot at the coveted Stanley Cup this season, the Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is fresh off leading Team Canada to a gold

MikeMan

MikeMan

 

OK, so maybe I was wrong...

OK so maybe I was wrong...maybe the canucks do have enough to go all the way...then again... OK I admit the team has been deluged with injuries,especially on the back end and have still found ways to win. However, it is still regular season and as we all know the checking gets much tighter in the playoffs. Can the canucks battle through tighter checking. Having had watched the Canucks against the HABS the answer would be no. Granted we are pretty banged up on the back end right now but even so w

Superfan91

Superfan91

 

Realistic Wish List

The 2011 trade deadline approaches and the Vancouver Canucks are in a unique position that needs to be taken advantage of. Having an opportunity to not only finish first in the league, but the team has made there expectations for Stanley higher than ever based on their performance thus far. Based on that, I think the trade deadline is quite important than fans think because this is the time Gillis should make the final push so we can roll all four lines during the post-season. Kaberle to the Bru

RonilD8

RonilD8

 

"If It Ain't Broke..."

With less than a week until the NHL trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks may flex their own no-trade clause. This, amidst a market that has definitely set a post-lockout benchmark - 17 trades involving 35 players in the last dozen days. GM Mike Gillis doesn't deny they'll kick the tires on a fourth line center. "We've tried different things and it's not out of the realm. There's a possibility of something coming our way that we think can help us. Right now, my feeling is that it would be

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Trade Breakdown, Part I

Christmas for the hockey fan is coming soon. As the deadline approaches, several teams have started to jump the gun. This is the first time I remember deals being completed several weeks before the deadline. Some of the big names have already been moved while I imagine others are waiting for the market to settle down. With Ottawa and Toronto both getting a head start on selling their assets, I don't imagine there will be a lot of big trades on deadline day but that won't stop the TSN crew from r

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Feeling Manitoba

Canuck fans everywhere have begun to appreciate the unexpectedly deep pool of talent in Manitoba. O.K. So they're not all recent Hobey Baker award recipients, nor do they threaten to have their names mentioned in the same breath as Orr, Lidstrom or Bourque. But, you realize the gravity of the situation when you're genuinely concerned for the well-being of Lee Sweatt's foot, or sending Alex Edler "Get Well Soon" cards (no, I didn't mail him one yet). Believe it or not, Chris Tanev a

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Send Bieska to Toronto where he belongs...........

You look at the Canucks this year and you might think there is no need for trades this season. But there is that cap issue and if everyone is going to be healthy? Then something will have to be done on the back end. I've been reading some of the stuff on here and I hear a lot about who should be traded. Ehrhoff should not be packing his bags. Give your head a shake and look at the stats if you think thats a good idea. Kevin Bieska is a prime candidate for a move. He is paid way too much and has

ace2011

ace2011

 

Always a bridesmaid never a bride...

Lately I have been trying to figure out what it is that stops the canucks winning hockey's holy grale The Stanley Cup. After a lot of thought I have come to the conclusion that the Canucks are just too hot headed. They go out game after game and retaleate for something an opposing player has done and are given a penalty for it. A team mate gets injured by a "legal hit" and we lose our cool,take a penalty and more often then not get scored upon. For much of the Canuks forty years in the le

Superfan91

Superfan91

 

CCC - Clay's Canucks Commentary for February 13, 2011: An Outsider’s Perspective

I was curious to get an “outsider’s perspective” as to how well the Vancouver Canucks are playing right now. So this CCC features special guest John Angotti: a singer/songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. John is a big sports fan, but has only been to one NHL game live (a Pittsburgh Penguin game back in the day). So I took him to the Canucks-Flames game this past Saturday night to get his opinion on our team. You’ll see that John was quite excited and had plenty to say about the Canuck

Canuck Clay

Canuck Clay

 

Why Ryan Kesler Will Win The Selke Award.

Alright, let me start off by saying this: I'm not typically a blogger. However, in this case I figured since there have already been so many Kesler/Selke threads, this might be an effective alternative. I was just pondering the other day about just how realistic the odds are that Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks wins the National Hockey League's Frank J. Selke trophy at the season's conclusion. Below is a series of tables depicting the stats of Ryan Kesler and Pavel Datsyuk (Kesler's most

Gäz

Gäz

 

Resilient Sami Salo

Like a fighter that keeps getting knocked down, when you expect the next blow to put him down for the count, Sami Salo just won't stay down. There's a reason why Sylvester Stallone's Italian Stallion character Rocky Balboa spawned a series of movies. That human spirit, that innate drive is what seemed so compelling about the character. Sure, Sami Salo doesn't compare well with Sylvester Stallone, save for they have similar initials. But his resiliency, his determination to get back to his

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Bush League

I love hockey fights. They should stay in the league. But there comes a time when it goes too far and hockey becomes a petty, score-settling, free-for-all that becomes an absolute disgrace to the best game in the world. That Islanders-Penguins tilt last night was the prime example. Did it all start with Wednesday night's Bruins-Habs match-up that resulted in 14 goals and 12 fighting majors, now known as the in Boston? I thoroughly enjoyed the first two and half periods of the game. Carey P

Jason Chen

Jason Chen