After a 4-3 loss Wednesday night to the visiting Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks have conceided 5 of 6 points in their season series.
Though their more than modest 6 game winning streak was snapped, more were concerned about the Canucks defensive depth. After a controversial hit by newly returned Ryan Getzlaf, Dan Hamhuis needed smelling salts to be brought around. His upper body hitting the glass quite hard, while apparently turning away from an oncoming Getzlaf, whose feet left the i
The biggest news out of Vancouver tonight isn't the Canucks' suffering just their fourth regulation loss on home ice. It's potentially the loss of Dan Hamhuis to a concussion on a team that's looking to finish strong down the stretch with an already battered blueline. This rash of injuries to the Canucks' defensemen is something I've never, ever seen before. It seems as though once one defenseman comes back, another gets hurt. They're just dropping like flies. It's not like the Islanders losing
This quick CCC comes to you from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Filmed at an outdoor skating rink (Rink at the Brink), I draw a quick analogy to the Vancouver Canucks sitting atop the NHL Standings and other teams hoping that they will fall…especially given the injuries to Alex Edler and now Keith Ballard.
I didn’t bring my Mac on the trip…hence the old school Windows Movie Maker movie. Thanks to Colm from Saskatoon for filming for me!
As promised, my rundown of potential bodies that could be moved at the deadline:
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto, $6 million; Tomas Vokoun, Florida, $5.7 million; Pascal Leclaire, Ottawa, $3.8 million
Given that all three teams are out of the playoff race, it would be wise to deal the three starting goaltenders for the future. Giguere is unlikely to return next season, and although he is still the best (excuse me while I hold my judgment on James Reimer) and most experienced goalie on Toro
Why does everything sports have a nickname but the media? The Canucks are called ,"The Nucks", The Lions are Called."The Leos", The White Caps are Called, "The Caps", BC Place is called,"The Dome" and up until recently the hockey arena was called,"The Garage". Everything sports seems to have a nickname, everything but the media.
I am one of the minority. I was born within the actual borders of the actual city of Vancouver instead of Greater Vancouver. For as long as I can remember I have lis
Ty Rattie, LW, 5’11, 170, Portland
Drafted 2nd overall in the WHL Bantam Draft
52 games, 22 goals, 43 assists 65 points, +18 +/-, 41 pim
By Ian Esplen
When you watch the Winterhawks play, Ty Rattie may not stand out at first. He's not that big (5'11, 170). He's not that fast either. However, he will likely be in the right place at the right time most of the night. Some scouts will tell you that Rattie may be a step to slow, but his coach thinks not. "I remember when the Sedins (Henrik and
So, here we go again waiting for the other shoe to fall. I have been a season ticket holder of the Canucks since 1976 and I have seen this movie too many times. The canucks wet our interest with good play get hot and everyone jumps on the bandwagon sermising the canucks are on the way to winning the stanly cup. Then reality sets in. A short comming of the team becomes apparent and brings us back to reality. This year, as In past years, it's been a vital peice to the success of the team has been
Trivia questions: 1) What year was it when the Vancouver Canucks last lead the NHL standings? 2) Luongo's shutout was his third this season; how many career shutouts does he hold? (answers at bottom of blog)
Getting better every period versus the Phoenix Coyotes, the Canucks made it 4 straight wins, adding to their lead in the NHL standings.
Ryan Kesler paced the Canucks (as he often does) with 2 goals, totaling 30 so far this season
After suffering a 3-2 loss to the Coyotes
Note: Quotes in this blog come from two articles in the Quad City Times by Craig De Vrieze and by Mark Newman in The Griffinator, magazine of the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. Wearing sweater #75, a number that matches his birth year, Pete Vandermeer is the eldest of six hockey playing brothers from the small Alberta town of Caroline. Located on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, it is an area "in the midst of forests and farms with a rather thriving oil industry. Oil rigs and cattle dot t
Earning a 4-1 win Tuesday night over the Dallas Stars, the Canucks made it three straight wins in convincing fashion over the Lone Star State.
Though it wasn't quite the 7-1 manhandling of the Stars last Monday, the Canucks proved that even without their top defenseman they're a Western Conference powerhouse. After representing Vancouver in Raleigh, Carolina, Ryan Kesler showed he hasn't missed a beat, scoring his second shorthanded goal of the season, and team-leading 28th. He also drew Ad
The trade deadline is approaching. It's a little less than a month away, just 27 days left before frantic phone calls are made and triggers pulled too fast. It's my second most favourite NHL-related time of the year, just behind July 1, because I get to whine, complain, yell, laugh, praise, and wonder how close Pierre McGuire can creep up to Darren Dutchyshen before Dutchyshen completely loses it on live TV (I swear it's going to happen someday). It's also a great reason for me to stay home, gl
In this CCC I take a look at Canuck defenceman Alex Edler's back injury and the effect it may have on the Vancouver Canucks and ask the question: is the glass half full or half empty?
It's a big blow to the team for sure, but the optimistic approach shows that all is not lost...especially with the return of Sami Salo just around the corner.
I also comment on the NHL players' poll that named the Canucks as the 2nd-most overrated team in the league. Doesn't make sense to me!
Music is "Hoc
After reporting back spasms during the game against the Dallas Stars, Alexander Edler will undergo microdiscectomy surgery.
It seems every season, the Vancouver Canucks receive some bad news regarding members of their defense corps. As a matter of fact, the Canucks might want to find ways to keep their top defensemen from accompanying them to games during January. Last season, you might recall a January 15, 2010 game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was then that shutdown defender Willi
After lighting the mood in the city in a 7-1 drubbing over Dallas and then having 5'9" Lee Sweatt, affectionately nicknamed "Rudy," score the winner on his first shot in his first game in a 2-1 win over Nashville to tie Philadelphia for first in the league, the big news out of Vancouver today is the unfortunate loss of defenseman Alex Edler to back surgery.
Edler has been, in my opinion, the best and most consistent Canuck blueliner this year. I thought he's been so good this year that he was
Even though I'm happy the Canucks won, you have to feel bad for Christian Ehrhoff. Not only did he take Ryan Kesler's stick in the face, but his team also got scored on while he was lying on the ice, motionless. I don't know about you, but I thought he was out cold. I bet
I don't have too much to post about, but does anyone have a picture of Ehrhoff after he came back from the stitches? I have a sneaking suspicion it looks something like this.
Is anybody going to watch the all-star
Wednesday's match-up with the Nashville Predators highlights the two very different paths that both the Canucks and Predators have taken in the NHL.
One of the NHL's longest serving coaches, Barry Trotz, has done a lot with a little. The Nashville Predators, with the 8th stingiest payroll in the league, have essentially taken a page from the Minnesota Wild playbook.
Henrik Sedin collides with Krys Barch and James Neal during third period action Monday (photos courtesy of Canadian
I am an avid Tweeter. I think it's a great way to keep up with topics you are interested in, as I do with hockey and the sports world in general. I follow many junior hockey organizations, particularly ones situated in the West, to get the scoop to stay informed because many news organizations do not follow them enough to my liking.
About a month ago, I tweeted to the Prince George Spruce Kings wondering if they intend on filling their GM role soon. Honestly, I was not expecting much of an an
I wrote last week in my entry "Ups and Downs" that despite what everyone seems to think, this team was not in a slump. To recap, I think a slump is something like what the Kings are going through. The Kings, a team many picked to break out this year given their maturing young stars, finished October with 8 wins and 3 losses, and then kicked off 4 straight wins in December. By no stretch of the imagination was this a fluke - this is a team, after all, with a franchise centre in Anze Kopitar and D
Everyone has been following the on-going Evgeni Nabokov news the last couple weeks and it's mainly be focused around the choices Nabokov has or has not made. First to return to the NHL and then to not report to the Islanders in rather comical fashion by hanging up on the former backup goalie, now general manager of the team Garth Snow.
But what about Snow's responsibility in this matter? It was only a few weeks ago he traded away veteran net minder Dwayne Roloson to theTampa Bay Lightning fo
Victor Rask, C, 6’1, 195, Leksand,
35 Games, 5 Goals, 6 Assists, 11 Points, 8 pim
Currently playing in the Allsvenskan with Leksand
By Ian Esplen
Victor Rask is having a yo-yo season. A player that was top 10 on most draft list when the season started, dropped to middle of the second round, and is now clawing his way back into the first round. Rask as everything you would look for in an NHL centre. He’s big, fast, smart, and skilled. For some reason, he had a slow start to the seas
Jean-François Leblanc, C, 6’4, 192, Val-d’Or
43 games, 15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points, -17 +/- 24 pim
Drafted 4th overall in the 2009 QMJHL draft
By Ian Esplen
Jean-François Leblanc is an interesting player to NHL scouts and General Managers. He is 6’4 192 pounds and skates very well. He is a solid player in all three zones and he thinks the games extremely well. He has soft hand and a fairly high skill level. What makes his interesting is that for some reason he has yet to become a star
Trivia question: When was the last time the Vancouver Canucks had two of the top 5 goalscorers in the NHL?
Answer: 2002/03 Markus Naslund leads the Canucks with 48 goals, closely followed by Todd Bertuzzi with 46 goals. Currently, Daniel Sedin sits third with 27 goals, and Ryan Kesler's 25 have him tied with Chicago's Patrick Sharp for fourth.
Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin challenge Adam Foote for the puck, and the NHL for the scoring title
Part of the storyline that
Google "Canucks slump" and you're going to get an avalanche of news reports about how the Canucks have had trouble scoring after being shutout twice in three games prior to last night's game vs. Colorado. Isn't it amazing how the media can just pick this team apart? I'm not absolving myself for ripping into this team once in a while, but when I do it's usually for more pragmatic or philosophical reasons. The only time I would rip into this team is if they don't put in the effort I know they can.