From Size to Speed

  • Steve-uk

    Think you nailed it there Richard.
    We dont have the most physical team and our tough guys need to get tough and smart and quick. We are picking up stupid penalties. I laso think that because we are not known as a physical team, when we do, it gets noticed more by the officials and we get called on it.
    Rypien may not be the biggest but gees, hes got team spirit by the bottle!!
    We need to be helping out in front of net, be it Loungo or Raycroft between the pipes. All teams will try to “bully” Loungo. Thats where the likes of O’Brien and Hordichuk need to bulk up and protect.
    I like the idea of the Canucks being a “pure” hockey team, but we cant get forget this is still very much a physical game.

  • Steve-uk

    Think you nailed it there Richard.
    We dont have the most physical team and our tough guys need to get tough and smart and quick. We are picking up stupid penalties. I laso think that because we are not known as a physical team, when we do, it gets noticed more by the officials and we get called on it.
    Rypien may not be the biggest but gees, hes got team spirit by the bottle!!
    We need to be helping out in front of net, be it Loungo or Raycroft between the pipes. All teams will try to “bully” Loungo. Thats where the likes of O’Brien and Hordichuk need to bulk up and protect.
    I like the idea of the Canucks being a “pure” hockey team, but we cant get forget this is still very much a physical game.

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  • http://www.viewfrommyseats.com/ Matt Reitz

    Great post Richard…

    The reason that this is a cause for concern is that the problem is only going to become more obvious as the games become more important. In those games late in the season (and in the playoffs, obviously), it’s those gritty role players with talent that can make a good team into a successful playoff team.

    Lets be honest, the Canucks management and their fans aren’t looking for a Northwest title this year… everyone has much higher aspirations. Either that is realistic or not is up to you to decide. But with the way the team is build–and the way certain players have come into the season, I’m not sure the team has all of the necessary ingredients to succeed in the playoffs.

    Of course its early, but its something that should be addressed…

  • http://www.viewfrommyseats.com Matt

    Great post Richard…

    The reason that this is a cause for concern is that the problem is only going to become more obvious as the games become more important. In those games late in the season (and in the playoffs, obviously), it’s those gritty role players with talent that can make a good team into a successful playoff team.

    Lets be honest, the Canucks management and their fans aren’t looking for a Northwest title this year… everyone has much higher aspirations. Either that is realistic or not is up to you to decide. But with the way the team is build–and the way certain players have come into the season, I’m not sure the team has all of the necessary ingredients to succeed in the playoffs.

    Of course its early, but its something that should be addressed…

  • http://www.VancityAllie.com VancityAllie

    Well said Mozy!

    Any great team that has ever done well in the playoffs has grit and heart and well, tougher, as you say. The Canucks need to start playing with those elements.

    At least last night they seemed a bit more physical :)

  • http://www.VancityAllie.com VancityAllie

    Well said Mozy!

    Any great team that has ever done well in the playoffs has grit and heart and well, tougher, as you say. The Canucks need to start playing with those elements.

    At least last night they seemed a bit more physical :)

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