Author: J.J. Guerrero

Canucks Season Preview: Mikael Samuelsson

Canucks Season Preview: Mikael Samuelsson

Our season preview series continues today with some thoughts on forward Mikael Samuelsson. What we remember: After a career-high 30 goals in 2009/2010, Mikael Samuelsson lit the red lamp just 18 times in 2010/2011 as he tried to play through a leg injury for much of the regular season. The only current Canucks player to ever get his name on the Stanley Cup, Samuelsson’s postseason was also cut short – he didn’t play again after game 5 of the Canucks second round series against the Nashville Predators – and he underwent sports hernia surgery. What we expect: Samuelsson is one...

Early Preseason Thoughts

Early Preseason Thoughts

We’re halfway through the preseason schedule. Here are some quick thoughts on what’s transpired so far: The Canucks will once again ice a rag-tag lineup in tonight’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks before getting down to 6 forward lines and 9-10 defensemen for the remainder of the exhibition schedule. For those who’ve made it this far – Mike Duco, Steve Pinizzotto, Antoine Roussel, Niko Dimitrakos, Ryan Parent, Alex Sulzer, among others – this could be their last chance for romance. [Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province] Among those already sent down to Chicago Wolves include: Anton Rodin, Prab Rai, Stefan...

Canucks Reach Agreement with ECHL Kalamazoo Wings

Canucks Reach Agreement with ECHL Kalamazoo Wings

From the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) website: The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL, announced the team has reached an agreement to be an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Under the affiliation arrangement, during the 2011-12 season,Vancouver will assign players to Kalamazoo. Already having established a minor league system in the Midwest, the Canucks American Hockey League affiliate is the Chicago Wolves. The Canucks’ previous ECHL affiliate was the Victoria Salmon Kings. Last week, the Chicago Wolves signed an affiliate agreement with the Central Hockey League’s Missouri Mavericks.

Jump in the CHB Hockey Pool, win a Canucks jersey!

Jump in the CHB Hockey Pool, win a Canucks jersey!

I went to the Moneyball premiere last night – good movie by the way – and it got me thinking about stats and player valuation and what it must be like to be a GM of a professional sports team. Which in turn got me thinking about hockey pools, and more specifically, the CHB Hockey pool. In previous years, we’ve done head-to-head pools on Yahoo, but that was limited basically to about 10-12 hardcore poolies who signed up every year. This season, we thought we’d open things up for more people and try something different. The Format You pick 30...

Canucks Season Preview: Alex Edler

Canucks Season Preview: Alex Edler

Next stop in our Canucks season preview series, defenseman Alex Edler. What we remember: Only 25 years old and having just finished his fourth full year in the NHL, Alex Edler just keeps getting better. In 2010/2011, he missed almost half the season due to a back injury, but still put up 8 goals and 33 points – a pace that would’ve seen him score more than 10 goals and 50 points had he played in all 82 games. Edler’s play before and after his injury drew praise from his teammates. After all, he’s big and physical and skilled and...

Canucks Season Preview: Alex Burrows

Canucks Season Preview: Alex Burrows

Continuing our Canucks season preview series, today we look at Alex Burrows. What we remember: Burrows emerged as a big-game player during the 2011 playoffs, where he racked up 9 goals and 17 points as compared to a total of 7 goals and 11 points in three previous postseasons. Included in his 9 goals were 2 game-winners: the now infamous “slay the dragon goal” in OT in game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks, and the goal he scored only 11 seconds into OT in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. The goal against the Blackhawks,...

Win Canucks suite tickets!

Win Canucks suite tickets!

Do you want to attend a Vancouver Canucks game in a private suite? Do you want to hang out with your favorite Canucks bloggers for a night? Do you want to attend a Vancouver Canucks game in a private suite? @VanCanucks have hidden a pair of faux tickets (like the picture above) on two of 70 Canucks SkyTrain posters that are currently up within all stations on the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines. What you need to do is locate these tickets and take a photo of yourselves in front of the poster. Then, tweet the photo to @VanCanucks with...

Canucks Season Preview: Ryan Kesler

Canucks Season Preview: Ryan Kesler

Continuing our series on previewing the 2011/2012 Vancouver Canucks, today we present Ryan Kesler. What we remember: Prior to this season, Ryan Kesler, like most Canucks, was criticized for his uneven play in the postseason. With only 3 goals and 14 points in 22 previous playoff games, it’s hard to argue the point. Except this criticism didn’t take into account that he was playing injured through pretty much all of those games. This past postseason, for the first time in his NHL career, Kesler started the playoffs uninjured and proved to be a big-game player at the time of year...

One-on-One with Steven Anthony

One-on-One with Steven Anthony

At the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, we had an opportunity to ask some of them some questions. Today, we present a one-on-one with former Saint John Sea Dog and Memorial Cup champion, Steven Anthony. Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com CHB: Describe how you felt after winning the Memorial Cup. Steven Anthony: It was exciting. It’s what every junior player in Canada play for the whole year. For us to be able to put a team together, and have an incredible group of guys on one team, it was something we knew was possible throughout the year and to get it was...

One-on-One with Bill Sweatt

One-on-One with Bill Sweatt

As the Canucks prospects assemble in Penticton, BC for the Young Stars Tournament, we had an opportunity to ask some of them some questions. Today, we present a one-on-one with Twitter star and forward prospect, Bill Sweatt. Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com CHB: Give us your thoughts on how you felt last year went for you, personally and professionally. Bill Sweatt: I think it went pretty well. I got sent down in the exhibition games part of the preseason. And then I just developed, went down there in the AHL, developed my game. Realistically, I knew I was probably going to have...

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