Author: J.J. Guerrero

Games Within The Game

Games Within The Game

There are several interesting storylines in tonight’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Alain Vigneault vs. Scott Arniel Before Arniel signed a three-year contract with the Jackets, he was frequently mentioned as a possible AV replacement. After all, Arniel coached the Manitoba Moose to some very good seasons (like AV did) and took them to the Calder Cup Final (unlike AV). If GM Mike Gillis ever decided that he’s had enough of Vigneault’s man-crush on Kevin Bieksa, surely Arniel would have been one of the favorites to step in behind the Canucks’ bench. Now, Arniel has...

Canucks Sign Darren Archibald

Canucks Sign Darren Archibald

Photo credit: Barrie Colts From the Niagra Ice Dogs website: Newly acquired IceDogs forward Darren Archibald has signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. The overage forward will be on the ice again tonight for his third game as an IceDog, having picked up one assist and a shootout goal in his first game as an IceDog. Archibald is on pace for his best OHL season, having accumulated 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 24 games so far this season. In 151 career OHL games, the Newmarket native has 69 goals and...

Markus Naslund: The Trevor Linden of the New Generation

Markus Naslund: The Trevor Linden of the New Generation

(Post by J.J., Chris Golden and Harrison Mooney.) Even as Markus Naslund’s career in a Vancouver Canucks uniform was winding down – a career that saw him revitalize a moribund franchise, rewrite numerous franchise scoring records, become the longest-serving captain in Canucks history, and spend countless hours in the community – many fans questioned whether or not his jersey #19 was deserving to be raised to the rafters. Whether or not it deserved to hang alongside #12 and #16. The fact is, many fans have come to compare Naslund’s accomplishments with Trevor Linden’s and Stan Smyl’s. And that’s certainly their...

Luongo’s Poem Exorcizes Shootout Demons

Luongo’s Poem Exorcizes Shootout Demons

Luongo’s (lack of) prowess in the shootout is well-known. Going into last night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, shooters were 5-for-5 in the shootout this season against the Canucks goaltender. Luongo himself touched on it on his now famous poem on TSN. 65 minutes, then a stupid gimmick Tarnishing my name after a 48-save game 5-on-5, I’ll keep you alive 4-on-4, you will not score Then you, shootout, I despise you I will not lie Why couldn’t we just end it in a tie. But maybe reciting that poem had an exorcizing effect. For the first since Luongo channeled his...

Jonas Get His Chance

Jonas Get His Chance

I’ll admit I don’t know much about Jonas Andersson, who the Canucks received as part of the Shane O’Brien trade to the Nashville Predators and yesterday called up from the Manitoba Moose. (The Canucks also sent Joel Perrault back down to the Moose.) But I don’t feel bad – apparently I’m not alone in that department. Jonas Andersson can fly. He also speaks fluent English, without much hint of an accent, subtly cloaking his Swedish upbringing. As for what else he can do, no one can be quite sure, which is one reason the Canucks are giving him his first...

From the Canucks Blogosphere: Our Favorite Markus Moments

From the Canucks Blogosphere: Our Favorite Markus Moments

As we approach Saturday night’s retirement of Markus Naslund’s jersey to the Rogers Arena rafters, there hasn’t been a shortage of tributes to the former Canucks captain and franchise leader in many statistical categories, including points and goals scored. Indeed, the Canucks have a page dedicated to stories, moments and videos about him. They even have a “#19 in the City” contest asking fans to submit photos of Nazzy’s #19 in a bunch of creative ways. Today, your favorite Canucks bloggers take a turn and look back at some of their favorite moments of Naslund in a Canucks uniform. J.J....

Samuelsson Has Concussion. How’s Cody?

Samuelsson Has Concussion. How’s Cody?

To add injury to insult, it turns out that Mikael Samuelsson suffered a “mild” concussion in the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. In typical Canucks fashion, this happened just as Samuelsson added some scoring punch to the bottom-six and the team started rolling out – and getting contributions – from all four lines. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that this injury isn’t serious. (Or at least not Willie Mitchell-serious.) Assuming Mason Raymond is over the flu, Jannik Hansen will more than likely return to the bottom-six and take Samuelsson’s place on the third line. Or if...

CHB Social: Canucks vs. Oilers Group Game

CHB Social: Canucks vs. Oilers Group Game

The crew here at CHB has secured 20 tickets to the Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers game on Friday night, January 7th, 2011. Our seats are in section 305, row 14 and 15 – these are in the upper bowl right by Luongo’s goal line. The tickets are $80 each (yes, this is our cost). If you’d like to join us, send me a message on Twitter (@canuckshockey) or via email at gocanucksgo10@hotmail.com. (PS. Oilers fans welcome to join us. Just be prepared for any pro-Seguin or anti-Khabibulin chants.)

What About Schneider’s Starts?

What About Schneider’s Starts?

Iain MacIntyre brought up a good point during the first intermission of last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. During the segment, Iain, Jason Botchford and Dan Murphy chatted about Cory Schneider’s extended break. Iain mentioned that part of the reason for Luongo’s string of 8 consecutive starts was to help get him through a rough patch of play. There’s merit to that argument as you certainly want to make sure Luongo is playing as well as possible going into the playoffs. For better or for worse, the Canucks’ playoff wagon is hitched firmly to Bobby Lou. But what...

Way Too Zen

Way Too Zen

A couple of weeks ago, the Canucks talked about their new Zen-like approach to officiating. It was an edict handed down by general manager Mike Gillis at the start of training camp and one that seems to be getting the desired results. “I think people are seeing that and noticing it – we’re just at a point in the evolution of this team that we don’t think that it’s a helpful methodology of playing the game,” said Gillis. “It’s about recognizing things that are distractions and trying to eliminate them and that’s what we’re trying to do.” But have the...

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