Author: J.J. Guerrero

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Goaltenders

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Goaltenders

Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Roberto Luongo: Quietly, Roberto Luongo put together a very good first half to this season. Despite the endless criticism – and perhaps pushed by Cory Schneider’s play – Luongo finished the first half 4th in the NHL in wins (19), 10th in save percentage (0.921) and 11th in GAA (2.33). Luongo rarely needs to steal games anymore; he just needs to play well enough to not lose them. Grade: B+...

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Defense

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Defense

(Contributions from J.J. Guerrero and Matt Lee.) Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: canada.com Dan Hamhuis: The Smithers native has been everything the Canucks wanted in a top defenseman – excellent skater, positionally-sound defensively and good puck-mover. Hamhuis often plays against opposing team’s top lines, but is also on pace to match his career-high point totals. Grade: A- Kevin Bieksa: Bieksa is perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the Canucks’ season. Playing injury-free for the first time in...

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Bottom Six Forwards

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Bottom Six Forwards

(Contributions from J.J. Guerrero and Katie Maximick.) Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Manny Malhotra: Malhotra has fewer points than Raffi Torres, which is odd for a lot of people. But he’s the king of the faceoff circle, ranked second in the NHL at 63.4%. With 17 points, he’s on pace to match last season’s 33-point output in San Jose. So has he exceeded expectations? Not really, but he hasn’t exactly underperformed either. Grade: B Raffi Torres:...

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Top Six Forwards

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Top Six Forwards

(Contributions from Richard Loat and Matt Lee.) Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: CBC.ca Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin: What can be said for one Sedin can be said for the other. They are both on pace for 100-point years. Daniel is on pace for 50 goals and 108 points, which would shatter his career-best of 36 goals and 85 points. Henrik recorded 83 assists last season en route to his Hart and Art Ross trophies; this season,...

Still No Sami Salo

Still No Sami Salo

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on Mike Gillis’ and the Canucks’ options when Sami Salo returns from injury. The assumption then was that Salo would eventually rejoin the Canucks and that they would need to somehow, someway clear salary cap room for him. But maybe we jumped the gun a little bit. Since that post, Salo himself has come out and cooled some of the trade talk. “I’ve had so much more on my mind that worrying about the roster,” Salo said before travelling to San Jose from Denver, where the Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche...

Canucks turn the other cheek, hit the Oilers where it hurts

Canucks turn the other cheek, hit the Oilers where it hurts

Perhaps not surprisingly, there were a few shifts in the third period of the Canucks’ 6-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers last night when it seemed like the Oilers were more interested in evening the score than actually evening the score. In particular, Zack Stortini logged almost half of his total icetime in the third period alone but spent most of it following Tanner Glass around the ice like a lost puppy dog. Steve MacIntyre also took a late run at Andrew Alberts. So when Theo Peckham went after Mikael Samuelsson and Ales Hemsky played pinata on Glass (after Glass...

Thomas Gradin to be inducted into Canucks Ring of Honour

Thomas Gradin to be inducted into Canucks Ring of Honour

The Canucks announced this morning that Thomas Gradin will be the 3rd inductee into their Ring of Honour. One of Vancouver’s first European-born players, Gradin played eight of his nine NHL seasons in a Vancouver Canucks uniform from 1978.79 to 1985.86. He finished second in scoring in his rookie season, recording 51 points (20-31-51) in 76 regular season games played. During his rookie postseason, he led all Canucks skaters in scoring with five points (4-1-5) in three playoff games played. He left Vancouver as the highest scoring centreman in franchise history with 550 points (197-353-550) in 613 regular season games...

7-on-5 Avs powerplay can’t beat Luongo and Canucks

7-on-5 Avs powerplay can’t beat Luongo and Canucks

After a frantic finish, the Canucks won 2-1 against the Colorado Avalanche tonight. How frantic was it? The Avs had the Canucks hemmed in their own zone for pretty much the last 2 minutes of the third period and threw 8 shots on net (4 stopped by Luongo, 3 missed the net and 1 was blocked by Andrew Alberts). But then again, the Avs had SEVEN guys on the ice by the end of it so what did you expect? The Canucks are first in the West, they’re first in the NHL. On to San Jose tomorrow night. (Photo credit:...

Anton Rodin Rolling Along

Anton Rodin Rolling Along

[Jon Häggqvist is a writer for the Swedish newspaper, Allehanda, in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. With the lack of Canucks prospects in this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships, Häggqvist kindly contributed this post to CHB to update us on 2009 2nd round draft pick, Anton Rodin.] Anton Rödin was born in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, and spent his first hockey years playing for a club called Hammarby. When he was ten years old his family moved north to Gävle and since then Anton has represented Gävle’s pride: Brynäs. His parents moved to a house very close to the home of Jakob Silfverberg,...

Another Baby Lou

Another Baby Lou

Via Joey Kenward: Cory Schneider will start for #Canucks in Dallas. Roberto Luongo now a proud father of a baby boy born in Florida. Congrats to the Luongos!

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