<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/116x66_1_103009.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">A break in the schedule and with 21 games already in the books equals a good time to review the first quarter of the Vancouver Canucks 2009.10 season.
At the outset of the season, if told the Canucks would be sitting at 11-10-0 after the first 21 games, there may have been cries of outrage among those in Canuck Nation. After all, this was a team that had stated from the beginni
I implore you to temporarily muck all that media and message board hype out of that skull and take an honest look at this edition of the Canucks. Done now? Okay.
Exactly why were folks so bloody high on this team to start the season? Was it just me or were even the most bitter, yellowed Canucks haters calling this the best team this franchise has seen? Even Tony G – that bastion of searing Canucks vitriol - was calling Mike Gillis team a legitimate playoff contender.
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_chbsmall_smallt.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">With Daniel Sedin out, Henrik has found a way to keep up his point per game play, something that people didn't think he was capable of. For their entire careers the Sedins had played together, and rarely missing a game, no one really knew just how talented the twins were individually. In 17 games without his brother Daniel on his wing, Henrik Sedin has had 17 points, capped
A quarter way through the season and Wellwood has struggled to say the least. He sits with one point in 17 games, an assist he got in his eighth game of the season against the Oilers. He's missed 4 games because of a foot injury he suffered, however Wellwood should be contributing offensively significantly more than he has so far. With the injuries to some of our major players, Wellwood's role elevated and he still didn't produce. Wellwood's game has struggled on a whole, and it's certainly not
The Canucks so far this season have relied on a powerplay that was top 3 in the league and they were making teams pay for taking penalties. As the red hot power play has cooled so have the Canucks winning ways and goal scoring. In games the Canucks haven't had a chance to work the man advantage, they have struggled to find the back of the net because of their lack of aggression in getting the puck to the net.
Riding a hot powerplay, the Canucks 5 on 5 offense was non-existent and they weren
The Canucks are hovering at .500 hockey and as players return off the injury reserve a lot of people expect things to click and this Vancouver Canucks team to explode to the top and be the team that TSN picked to make the cup final and win the whole thing. This is a Canucks team that time has shown me is horribly inconsistent and the one thing they are consistent about is making it to the Christmas break a few games above .500 and then crushing the second half of the season.
<table border=0 width=1000 align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct0209_optimist_blog.jpg" border=0 style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;">Every Rose Has Its Thorn is more than Poison's first and only number-one single, more than #34 on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's, more than the power ballad Otto used to propose to his main squeeze Becky on The Simpsons many moons ago.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn is a song titl
The Canucks blue line is supposed to be one of the best in the league. With names like Salo, Bieksa, Mitchell, Edler and Schneider, the Canucks on paper boast a blue line that should be amongst the leagues best. Gillis builds his teams from the net out and on paper this team is rock solid, but as we approach the quarter way-mark of the season, the Canucks defense has been shaky at best, and the odd injury aside, the Canucks blue line has been the one of the healthiest parts of the team. Gillis s
No matter what your opinion of wars, who initiates them and what purpose they serve, the Remembrance Day thread is not the place to voice those opinions. If you want to go on about that very valid topic, start your own thread.
In the Remembrance Day thread, you take your hat off, shut up for a couple minutes and respectfully reflect on the sacrifice of Canadian (and all) soldiers whose lives ebbed away in the mud of some land hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. If you can't brin
Please join us at Canuckscorner.com and welcome Philip Yoe to our writing team. In his first contribution he looks at the contributions of Andrew Raycroft, and how the goaltender is aiming to get his career back on track with the Canucks.
By Philip Yoe: Canuckscorner.com
When news broke that Roberto Luongo would be out of action due to a hairline rib fracture, Canuck Nation collectively were ready to hit the panic button. But thankfully, Andrew Raycroft has since pulled everyone back f
With the Canucks amongst the fore runners courting Forsberg, there's been a lot of comparison between the success, or lack of, from Sundin, and what Forsberg will likely bring to the table. I for one was against Sundin for a whole whack of reasons, but did come around and realize that in the playoffs, especially against the Blackhawks when it mattered most, he was our best player on the ice. With that in mind, these top 6 forwards, that are just available, do not come along that easily. You're n
Cory Schneider was sent down today to allow Luongo to get back in the lineup, but Cory on his trip up with the big team did something he's failed to do in all his other appearances. He shone. The goaltending prospect stood on his head to do everything he could to ensure a win for the Canucks and the Canucks let him down in his one and only showing against the Stars.
Schneider likely won't have many other opportunities to impress, especially if Luongo stays healthy for the remainder of the
I checked the box that allows RSS to syndicate my blog, so it's only a matter of time until I'm internet famous. Then there'll be the interviews, the job offers, the paparazzi, and the statue of me riding a horse with all four feet in the air.
We'll probably want to seize the moment when I burst onto the scene to maket my autobiography, so I'd better get going on that. I suppose movie rights will be the next step. They'll probably ask me who I want to play me in the movie. When I took that
Week 6 is beginning, and you've got some more moves available to you. Who do you pick that is gonna help you in the long run? Let's take a little rundown of some suitable players, base on their last week's performance!
[C] Jay McClement, earning this mention by topping the league in faceoffs won with 49. He isn't going to get you many (if any) points though, with 3 goals and 3 assists on the season. Unless you are continually getting killed in the dot, I would use him as a last re
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;" src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/schneider_blog.jpg" alt="" border="0">It's been month since my last blog (sorry it's been a little crazy!). Now that we have a couple days between games, it gives me a some time to catch up. The last time I wrote, I was anticipating my return so looks like I've got lots to talk about...
I didn't know for sure that I was going to be able to play against Edmonton in tha
The Official Optimist Prime's blog, if you will allow for his creative licence, is a total ripoff of my Canucks.com login ID and 'persona' here at the website since April 2007.
There does not appear to be any official or even unofficial reason why this guy was allowed to steal my name for blogging on the website. Nor has anyone reached out to me to try to explain anything to me regarding the need to a weekly officially recognized blog using my Login Name and accepted 'persona' by 50,000
Last night it broke that the Canucks are one of two teams (the other being the Rangers) currently interested in acquiring the services of Swede Peter Forsberg. The amusing thing is watching the fans almost unanimously cry out against signing the 36 year old play maker. The thing is when you look at his numbers, injury prone or not, the numbers are so overwhelmingly convincing I don't see why we wouldn't want him a part of this team if we could afford to have him.
The center who has 13 NHL s
<table border=0 width=1000 align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct0209_optimist_blog.jpg" border=0 style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;">Of late there have been a lot of people ragging on the Vancouver Canucks for the way they've been winning games.
Think about that for a second. People are ragging on the Canucks for how they are chalking up wins.
Does that make sense to anyone else? That's the same as telling your g
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct28_samuelson_t.jpg" align="left" hspace="8" vspace="2">There was expectation that Samuelsson upon inking a 3 year deal in the off season, was going to be the next Marc Chouinard, or Jan Bulis; the general feeling about him was that he was going to under perform. In fact he's done the complete opposite.<br /><br /> After finding his way onto the Canucks, his 6th NHL team, the Swede has stepped up and led this team off
One thing that's been clear this season, is the Canucks are not a bumping and bruising team. Fifteen games into the season they've faced teams that have taken the body to them and they've been horribly out done. With the Canucks looking like an episode of The Biggest Loser coming into the season, a lot of the Canucks forwards lost weight like the new look Wellwood and Bernier, but some of the wrong Canucks also lost weight. The Canucks don't have a lot of grit, but when your grit players are sli