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  1. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com Narwhal Hockey is back by unpopular demand! (1 person (me)) lets get through the dreaded off season together and have a laugh. This week we have a double shot that features a couple of Nathan Gerbe size mini blogs. Blog 1 Zach Senyshyn - The NHLs Youngest Assistant GM Suck it, Dubas. I didnt know much about Zach Senyshyn or Boston GM Don Sweeney up until the draft, and even thought his (Dons) last name was McSweeney. It wasnt until after the first round where he used 3 picks simultaneously that it clicked that there was no Mc before t
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  2. The Watch List The Canucks are a much stronger team when Ryan Kesler is healthy. Has he finally shaken the injury bug? Last week we had a look at the Eastern Conference's watch list, and now it's the West's turn. Which players have the potential to really turn heads this year? Keep your eyes on these 14 players. Anaheim - Jakob Silfverberg - The 22 year old was one of the pieces the Ducks picked up in return for Bobby Ryan, so it's safe to say there's going to be some extra eyes watching him this season. Silfverberg picked up 10 goals in 48 games last year for the Sens, and lo
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  3. Just What the Doctor Ordered? - Canucks coach John Tortorella meets the media and he's been all smiles so far. But can he get them to the next level? It was pretty much inevitable that change was coming, that a new voice was needed. Two straight first round exits in fairly unceremonious fashion will do that to a club who's expectation each year is to contend for the Stanley Cup. And so on May 22nd, the Canucks dismissed Alain Vigneault as head coach, along with much of his coaching staff. It was widely accepted that as good a coach as AV is, after 7+ years in Vancouver, a new vo
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  4. Note: This isn't my work but felt like re-posting it here: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers... A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He sho
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  5. Goaltending, defense, and the number of appearances Mike Richards and Jeff Carter make at the Roxy could have a big impact on this series. However, there is one major underlying trend that could make all the difference for these two clubs. - Who takes what faceoffs where. Seems like a redundant concept, but I am going to break it down with a bunch of lame, boring numbers. The Canucks 4th line ( Malhotra, Lapierre, Weise) are #1-3 in the league for lowest offenseive zone start % (With Pahlson finishing with the 6th lowest in the league). What makes this impressive is Manny Malhotra dri
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  6. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com Hint: There’s no puzzle, that was just to lure you in, and it rhymed. Anyways… Look out Anaheim, California! Or shall we say, look out National Hockey League. GOOD friends Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa have been reunited in Anaheim and are poised to have a strong season. Adding these two players to the team gives The Ducks two more players. In doing so, The Ducks have also made themselves immune to things such as smaller/inferior NHLers, Michael Ferkland, playoff losses to Nashville/San Jose, and guys who don’t play like bastards. The ma
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  7. With only a few months to go before the 2014 Winter Olympics, I'd like to share some of my thoughts about everyone's favourite event...hockey! (Note, Olympic rosters consist of 25 men, however I only included this number for Canada, as the rest are pretty obsolete). THE ELITE: These teams have the best chance at medaling, any one of them could win gold. TEAM CANADA SOCHI 2014 (Projected) Stamkos-Crosby-St. Louis Duchene-Tavares-Nash Perry-Getzlaf-E. Staal Bergeron-Toews-Couture (M. Richards, Benn) Weber-Doughty Keith-Seabrook Pietrangelo-Subban (Hamhuis, Letang) Luon
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  8. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com For as long as they have been in the league, the Coyotes have been an underdog team. Year in and year out nobody expects anything from them, and year in and year out they deliver nothing as expected. It's safe to say at this point the fans know what they aren’t getting. The only great season they have really had thus far was in the 2012-13 season where they somehow made the playoffs and shocked the Chicago Blackhawks (If this was Tampa I could of used a crappy pun) by defeating them in the first round and then going on to the conference fi
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  9. Fight or Farce? Ray Emery continues his attack on a defenseless Braden Holtby. It should come as no surprise that Brian Burke would come to the defense of fighting in hockey, as he did in a column for USA Today last week. After all, this is a man who kept his rosters well stocked with 'truculence, pugnacity and belligerence' during his tenure as a GM in various cities. This is a man who called a press conference to lament having to send enforcer Colton Orr to the minors in January 2012. He's clearly a fan of the rough stuff. Burke's article lauded the good that fighting brings to t
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  10. The Watch List Sergei Bobrovsky was sensational for the Jackets last year and nearly led them to the playoffs. Can he do it again? School kids may disagree with me but this summer feels like it's way too long. Mercifully, NHL training camps will open soon and we can finally get back to some hockey. The prospect of a new NHL season, one that will start on time no less, is always exciting. With re-alignment shuffling some teams around, new divisions and the Red Wings and Blue Jackets moving East, there's sure to be some twists and turns this season. The Watch List takes a look at 16 p
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  11. As most Canucks fans know by now, Jim Benning has shipped Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a 2nd round pick to Pittsburgh for Brandon Sutter and a conditional 3rd round pick. To say this was an unexpected move would be an understatement. Some might look at the preliminary facts and grumble, saying “Oh, Benning doesn’t know what he’s doing”. And yes, Nick Bonino provided more offense than Brandon Sutter did last season. But what Benning is doing here is restructuring his lineup. Bo Horvat had all but won the No. 2 Center job for this season by April, as many note that Bonino was becoming s
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  12. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com Pancakes never hurt anyone, except Dustin Penner. It all started three years ago. A delicious stack of pancakes was made by Penners then wife, Jessica. Dustin couldn’t wait to devour them (the pancakes, you knew that). He quickly hunched over to eat them and felt something go in his back, mid chew. He corrected his posture as a cascade of butter and syrup slowly ran down his face, he knew that he was hurt. Dustin went to the LA Kings trainer to see if he could fix what was wrong with his back, the trainer was unable to do anything and sen
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  13. Reblogged from - https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com Every once in a while a players falls in the draft and becomes a steal. This year the Florida Panthers pulled off the heist of the century when they drafted a 6’4 215 lb Canadian man beast with the 11th overall pick. The other teams were afraid they could not tame such raw power, but the Panthers took a courageous chance and The Crouse is now theirs to unleash on a frightened National Hockey league. The Panthers probably thought they were just getting a mean power forward who could someday fill a top 6 role and occasionally wallop guys the
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  14. Since the Canucks are very likely looking at drafting a defenseman in the 1st round of 2015 NHL entry draft, I figured it was appropiate to look at some past trends of drafts so we can learn which types of prospects succeed and which fail. Here's a look at trends from some past 1st round defense draft choices. I chose years 2007-2009 as a sample size because by now their career paths are established. (Sorry, no pretty charts) (year, junior league, drafted at, size, draft year production, projection, current status): 2007 Thomas Hickey WHL: 4th overall (LA went well off board), 5'
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  15. The NHL 2014 Entry draft is finished, and much to the disappointment of some fans, the Canucks did not trade up for the 1st overall pick. That being said, having dealt Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks ended up holding the #6 and #24 overall picks. With these picks, the Canucks drafted speedy powerforward Jake Virtanen and solid two-way center Jared Mccann. This blog entry will focus on ranking the Canucks current prospects, including the ones just drafted, as well as providing a brief insight on how and when these prospects will make an impact in the NHL. I will finish off th
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  16. Question 1: What's the only way to avoid a pothole when riding a motorcycle following behind a car? Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look at the pothole, you will hit it 100% of the time. Question 2: What's the only way to avoid hitting the ditch when losing control in a skid around a slippery curve? Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look at the ditch, you will hit it 100% of the time. Question 3: As a skydiver, what's the only way to close on an 8-way? Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look elsewhere, you will go there 100% of the time. Questions 4: Wha
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  17. Ask most Canuck fans and they'll probably tell you they remember the night of November 5, 1991 vividly. The night a small kid from Russia would make his much anticipated NHL debut. Unfortunately, I am not among those who recall the night Pavel first took to the ice in Canucks colors. While I don't ever remember a time in my life where I didn't love hockey, I was 8 at the time and for me, it was more about the players I liked rather than allegiance to a favorite team. Pavel Bure changed that. He quickly became my favorite player as I followed him more closely, and of course being from BC and th
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  18. There seems to be a lot of misinformation floating around about the CBA negotiation and related terms. I'm not an expert by any stretch nor do I intend to represent myself as such. However, I do absolutely believe that it is in our best interest as fans to be properly informed if we have even the slimmest of chance of someone listening to our opinion. So below you will hopefully find some useful information to help inform your opinion. To the best of my knowledge, all of this information is correct. But please feel free to not take my word for anything and do some research yourself. Only by
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  19. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com I hate puns but couldn’t think of anything better. This week I got followed by former NHL enforcer and current vegan Georges Laraque on Twitter. The Green Men, and Carolina Hurricanes player Zach Boychuk also followed me recently (they follow everyone, I’m not special) and I thought I should finally plug my twitter on my next blog, which is now. It’s just @NarwhalHockey I should also finally start this blog off, which is now. What a time to be a Caps fan. They made some solid moves at the draft and free agent frenzy, and are lo
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  20. As of April 4. 1. New York Rangers PR Pts: 61.8 | Avg Rank: 6th At this time, a comparable would likely be the 2011-12 Canucks. 2. Chicago Blackhawks PR Pts: 60.2 | Avg Rank: 3rd Hossa seems to be getting along fine without his Kane. 3. Washington Capitals PR Pts: 56.0 | Avg Rank: 12th 50! 50! 50! 4. Minnesota Wild PR Pts: 51.8 | Avg Rank: 11th The Wild have certainly lived up to their name these past few weeks. Dubnyk has been a pleasant surprise. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning PR Pts: 47.5 | Avg Rank: 1st They say lightning never strikes twice in the sam
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  21. Let's go back to the good ol' days, shall we? The one where Canucks win back to back Presidents' Trophies. We exorcize some demons beating the Blackhawks in game 7 OT after being up 3-0 in the series. Ryan Kesler dominates the Predators in round 2 of the playoffs. The Canucks make the Stanley Cup finals on a Kevin Bieksa goal so bizarre that Cory Schneider (and probably 1/2 of Rogers Arena) had no idea what had happened. And then the ups and downs in the finals against the Bruins which had Raffi Torres scoring a game winning goal with 20 seconds left in game 1, Alex Burrows scoring a goal 10 s
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  22. Are the Vancouver Canucks better without Alex Edler in the lineup this year? The Canucks don't appear to be struggling in his absence. Think about this. There are 767 players that have played in the NHL this year according to NHL.com. Out of those 767, Alex Edler ranks 753 in plus/minus at -12. Mike Stanton is a +4 and Kevin Bieksa is a team high +10, so you can't blame it on the lack of goals. Now granted, many don't believe in the plus/minus statistic. There is more to the story however. Alex Edler is an offensive defensemen. The Canucks have him pegged to help create offence, which
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  23. CNC PLEASE! AND IS IT MY BEST?
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  24. Reblogged from: [url="https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com"]https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com[/url]   [color=rgb(102,102,102)][font='Roboto Slab'][size=5]We're back, Jack! I hope Jack Eichel reads this, because that would be a perfect intro to this blog. Or Jack Johnson, or Jack Hillen, or zombie Jack Adams, because it's almost Halloween and it would be very fitting if he read this and ate my brains.[/size][/font][/color]  [color=rgb(102,102,102)][font='Roboto Slab'][size=5] The regular season started this past Wednesday, and this may be one of the most anticipated seasons
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  25. Alex Edler: Coming off what was a horrendous 2013-2014 seasons, Edler proved why he is considered one of the Canucks best defenseman last year. Edler finished the year with a solid 31 points in 74 games but it was his production in the last 2 months of the season that makes me believe he will be a 40-45 point player next year. Over the last 2 months of the season, Edler almost doubled his point total with 14 points in his last 19 games; this upward projection near the end of the season leaves me feeling optimistic about Edler going into the 2015-2016 season but if there is one stat that I fo
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  26. It’s been a pretty interesting pre-season so far for the Vancouver Canucks. So who’s done what? Well, the Canucks have scored one goal in two games against the San Jose Sharks. Goaltenders Jacob Markstrom and Richard Bachman have looked stellar in their game in Colwood, BC, while verteran Ryan Miller and prospect (is he still a prospect?) Joe Cannata were decent but let in a pair each in Game #2 at Rogers. It’s expected that Bachman and Cannata will be sent down to the Utica Comets. As for the rookies, almost all of them surprised. Jake Virtanen, the Canucks’ 1st pick (6th overall) in 2014,
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  27. Original article can be found here. Let me forewarn, er, myself – this is kind of a taboo topic to be on. However, it’s one we’ll need to end up coming to eventually. I choose to let go of what Mark Messier did. Granted, 99.99% of my memories happen during or after the West Coast Express era. And granted, most if not all Canucks fans would like to see him in a position constantly in the position he’s in here. And granted, again, his signing resulted in the trading of fan-favourites Trevor Linden and Gino Odjick, among many others. But it’s been 15 years since the so-called “bad” man left, an
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  28. A lot of people seem to be disappointed with this year's draft. Why? We'll start off with the players picked in the draft using picks the Canucks traded: Rasmus Andersson, D (CGY) Deven Sideroff, F (ANA) Jack Sadek, D (MIN) Rasmus Andersson, a Barrie Colts defenseman who performed extremely well and captured the hearts of many a Canucks fan, was the return Calgary got in the Sven Bärtschi trade. Deven Sideroff is a speedy right winger who had a few Canucks fans intrigued, but most wanted another player at his position. The pick used on him was acquired by Anaheim in the Ryan Kesler t
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  29. How to Build a Good Hockey Team This isn't about 'Get Crosby and all the great hockey players here. What's the problem?' This is more about what types of players to have, the minutes they should be able to play, and the roles they should be able to play. Also addresses basic concepts like taking advantage of low qualcomp opportunities, etc. 1. Bigger is Better. No, you don't need a team full of behemoths, but you have to consider that in the playoffs it gets a lot harder to get into the prime scoring areas. Bigger players are more able to do so. For those who want to make a
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  30. 2013-14 Season Preview - Metropolitan Division Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. I'm not exactly going out on a limb with this prediction, am I? I don't know about you, but I still can't believe how ridiculous this division name is... seriously NHL... really? Anyways... last week we previewed the Atlantic Division, where I picked the Detroit Red Wings to continue their dominance over the Eastern Conference and win the division. This week we will take a look at how I see the Metro division stacking up this season. Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby is finally hea
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  31. 1. Edmonton Oilers - Connor McDavid, C McDavid is the obvious choice here, as he has absolutely destroyed the OHL and has garnered more hype than any other prospect over the last 10 years. Really not too much to say here. HM: Jack Eichel 2. Buffalo Sabres - Jack Eichel, C Again, Eichel is another obvious choice. Almost the McDavid of the NCAA, the BU centerman has a passionate fanbase and even a college linemate waiting for him in upstate New York. HM: Dylan Strome 3. Arizona Coyotes - Mitch Marner, C While Dylan Strome may have size, Marner has had the fortune to play with two other Coyotes
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  32. There’s been a lot of questioning of Jim Benning’s decisions lately. First with the Eddie Lack trade, then with the Kevin Bieksa non-trade to San Jose, then the Zack Kassian trade, and then most recently with the Bonino trade (which I addressed in my last post). Benning’s been beginning to clean house, no doubt about it. Here is the Canucks’ lineup, from last year to this year: The first line and the top two defensive pairings would be the exact same, the second line would be faster and youth-infused, the third line’s defensive responsibility with the addition of Brandon Sutter, and th
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  33. The Dog days are upon us and there is nothing interesting going on in the NHL so here is my breakdown of the 2015-2016 Roster, plus a couple of prospects who have a chance of making the team. Sedins: The now 35 year olds have prove that their 2013-2014 season was not the start of the downward trend that we tend to see from players in their mid thirties. The Sedins finished top 10 in scoring with 73 and 76 points respectively and were in the small group of 5 or so players who showed up for the playoffs. I would expect the Sedins to get around the high sixties or low seventies in points this
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  34. This is what I would do with our lineup. I actually think it could be a playoff lineup. It's not awful. My Lineup Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata Shawn Matthias - Nick Bonino - Zack Kassian Chris Higgins - Linden Vey - Alex Burrows Derek Dorsett - Brad Richardson - Jannik Hansen (Tom Sestito-___________) Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev Alex Edler - Frank Corrado Luca Sbisa - Kevin Bieksa (Ryan Stanton) Ryan Miller Eddie Lack Sedin – Sedin – Vrbata: 18 Minutes I love this line. Vrbata seems to be the perfect complement. All of ten play a high IQ game, and Henri
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  35. While I usually get my Canucks related chuckles from CDC posts, today I got my dose of 'nuck humor via TSN's list of free agents when I saw the following: (source) No matter how you feel about him as a forward, the thought of Dale Weise suiting up as a goalie is funny as &*#@!
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  36. First off, I would like to say that if the Canucks somehow manage to beat Los Angeles, I will eat my words. The end to this season has been a disappointment, and the issues that the Canucks possess have been exposed by the Kings. The little issues that Boston exposed a year ago have turned into big issues that Los Angeles has exposed recently. At the end of last season and into the draft and free agency, it was a "if it aint broke, dont fix it" mentality. We all felt that no matter what, if we kept the same guys, we were destined to be back in the Stanley Cup Finals.I was a little worrie
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  37. <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... <Br><br> I didn't know for sure that I was going to be able to play against Edmonton in that first game but I had a feeling and I knew I wanted to. Being back on the ice is great, I feel good,
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  38. Alex Edler out 4-6 weeks, Derek Pouliot draws in. Did you know that only one Canucks d-man played all 82 games last year?
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  39. Another matchup thats set in stone, Chicago vs Nashville. Chicago owns the season series with 4 wins, 2 losses. Chicago has all the pieces in play to win another cup, building on their dynasty, however, the Nashville Predators have made alot of changes in the past few seasons from coaching, to adding scoring, drafted and dealt for some young studs and are a completely different team from the Nashville of yesteryear. Lets start by looking at Nashvilles keys points: Goaltending - Pekka Rinne has been one of the top 5 goalies all season and is a huge part of Nashvilles success. Althou
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  40. What do you think? do the Stars owe Vancouver an apology for insinuating that the Sedin's sleep together?
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  41. If the Canucks are to make the playoffs, they will most likely have to face a California team in the 1st round (and 2nd round if that happens), who all have been a struggle for the Canucks since being eliminated by the 8th seeded Kings in the 1st round in 2012. However, this year the Canucks have started off a respectable 2-1-1 against the California teams. They prepare to face all 3 again, but let's compare how the Canucks' stats to those of the California teams. The playoffs are known for heightened physicality and all 3 of these teams are physical (especially the ones in SoCal) and
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  42. Every year there's a lot of hype made by various bloggers and media outlets on various players with a fairly good chance to be a bust in the NHL. Why is this? To give desperate Canadian hockey fans a fantastical pot of gold chance at the end of the undersized rainbow? Or do the players themselves lobby on speed and skill factors to try to climb in the draft? Who knows. All I know is that there should be a no-nonsense, cut the bull edition of draft rankings put out there so we educated fans can make the correct call and then judge their teams' performance accurately when they once again f
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  43. Mr Aquilini, If you have any sense take your losses now. Mr Gillis made a mistake.Fire Gillis and Tortorella before it is too late and everyone asks to be traded.By next week your rink will be empty. Stop the spiral.Players don't lose skills overnight, but they do quit playing for coaches and GMs whom they do not respect. I am 49 years old and have been a Canucks fan for 44 yrs, this is a disgrace. Do you want the few fans who come to the games to wear paper bags, thats where it is going. I am one fan done watching this is a disgrace!
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  44. The Canucks put on a great show today at BC place, which was full of 50,000 plus fans. A great sunday outing for families, which was marked on everyone's calendar since it was announced, the event featured great music, great festivities, great weather (should have uncovered it perhaps if there was snow), and yes, a reasonably great game of hockey. The Canucks and Senators, who aren't offical 'rivals' by any stretch, put up an extreme physical effort for a classic game and matched each other hit for hit all game long. It had a bit of a playoff feel. It featured goals, which for outdoor ga
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  45. 4-8-2 in the month of January. What will it take for the Canucks to win consistently again. Is it a mental thing? Or is there something else at play like injuries to Henrik Sedin, Chris Tanev, Kevin Bieksa, Mike Santorelli, and Tom Sestito. The thing is, don't all good teams face adversity each year? Or perhaps this is too much to handle for such a depleted team all the way through the organization. The Utica Comets, the Canucks farm team. They are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and sit 29th in the AHL, just a win ahead of Hartford for last place. They are also 0-17 when trail
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  46. Who really was (or is) the best Canuck of all time? I started to do some research and thought I would put together a list of information for you. You can decide by posting down at the bottom. Let me start you with this... Did you know that Todd Bertuzzi had a higher points per game average in his Canucks career than his buddy Markus Naslund? Does that make you think differently about how good Burtuzzi was here? In 884 games, Naslund had 756 points. A pace of 0.86 points per game. Burtuzzi finished with 449 points in 518 games. A 0.87 points per game pace. Just how good
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  47. For this special edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 3rd annual Canucks Christmas Carol. Once again I am joined by my friends Joe, Oggy, Jason, Pat and the foreign exchange student Kevin. Kevin came all the way from overseas to watch some hockey but he gets something else instead. Last year we put together the Bieber-inspired " and in 2011 we did the "12 Days of Christmas". For this year, we do our version of the classic "This Christmas". Merry Christmas! http://www.canuckclay.com http://www.twitter.com/canuckclay
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  48. The Vancouver Canucks have passed the 300,000 follower mark on twitter. To celebrate they surprised their 300,000th follower, Kirsty Tsang (@kiss_ty). Check it out here.
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  49. With the departure of Ryan Suter from the Nashville Predators, the main question in Nashville is, what is going to happen with Shea Weber. As all Hockey fans know, Weber is a norris trophy candidate just about every season, and if not the best defencemen in the league, one of the best without a doubt. With Ryan Suter's departure from Nashville, Shea Weber may not want to re-sign in Nashville and play their for his whole career, which makes the situation in Nashville much more difficult. Ever since the Canucks were an expansion team in the NHL, they have always lacked that true, number one,
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  50. As John Shorthouse said post game on the team 1040 after the loss of the 2nd game, "You have to change the feel of the game." And I agree. Cory Schneider will start Game 3 guaranteed. The resiliency will pay off for the Vancouver Canucks. Vigneault taught his team to work with each other. Remember the line juggling he did in the dog days of the regular season? Burrows was taken off the first line for much of the final 2 months, the all American line broken apart and brought back together at random times. Vigneault and company were getting every player used to each other and at the same
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