Author: J.J. Guerrero

Why is Willes so pissed at Gillis?  (And a giveaway.)

Why is Willes so pissed at Gillis? (And a giveaway.)

I don’t know exactly what happened between Vancouver Province writer Ed Willes and Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. I don’t know if Gillis spit in Willes’ coffee or ran over his dog or what. Whatever the reason, it’s obvious Willes has a beef with GMMG. And a beef he doesn’t try to hide either. Take, as an example, what Willes said in a column this week. The Canucks are 22 games over .500 since Gillis moved into the big office. They also have a Northwest Division pennant and a playoff series win. That’s all you need to know about his...

Never turn your back on the Ryp-per

Never turn your back on the Ryp-per

Boris Valabik should pick on someone his own size (video from HockeyFights.com):

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

For a team that was built for balance and depth across the lineup, I would have thought the Canucks’ play would be more consistent. As we all know, the first 30 games have shown otherwise. The Canucks are a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. It’s typically believed that a homestand as long as the 8-game one the Canucks are starting tonight isn’t necessarily a good thing. Especially during this holiday season when all the family festivities can be good and distracting at the same time. But in the Canucks’ case, an extended homestand might be...

Edler out for two weeks

Edler out for two weeks

From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): Alex Edler is expected to miss two weeks because of a left arm injury. Edler hurt his arm Tuesday in Nashville on a highlight-reel hit from Nashville’s Shea Weber. Edler left the game and did not return. To most, it looked like he injured his shoulder. For Thursday’s game against Atlanta, the Canucks will put Mathieu Schneider back into the lineup. Schneider has been a healthy scratch in the past four games. Just when Edler was starting to play much better too…

For sale: Group game Canucks tickets

For sale: Group game Canucks tickets

I’ve never tried to arrange a group game on this site before, but I managed to secure group tickets to a couple of games in January and I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of us to go together to these games. Here are the details: Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres Monday, January 25, 2010 Section 314, Rows 14 and 15 (upper bowl ends where the Canucks shoot twice) Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Section 317, Rows 13 and 14 (no alcohol section, upper bowl corners where the Canucks shoot twice) I...

Official Canucks Tweet-up – Thursday, December 10

Official Canucks Tweet-up – Thursday, December 10

The Vancouver Canucks and the Canucks Fan Zone are hosting another Tweet-up this Thursday, December 10 at The Players Chophouse: Come down to the Players Chophouse on December 10 to watch the Canucks take on the Atlanta Thrashers and enjoy the evening with other Canucks fans. There will be great prizes and trivia PLUS one lucky fan will win tickets to the game that night! That’s right, anyone at the Players Chophouse for the Tweet-up by 6:30 p.m. that night will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the game. Join us at the Players Chophouse Dec. 10...

Talking trades: Demitra to Rangers, O’Brien to anyone

Talking trades: Demitra to Rangers, O’Brien to anyone

There are a couple of Canucks trade rumors making the rounds today. Now, before you get giddy on the possibility of these trades actually happening, please do consider the source. The first rumor involves Pavol Demitra to the New York Rangers: Desperate to make the playoffs, the Rangers are beating the bushes for a top-six forward. While they’d prefer a centre, league sources told Sun Media yesterday that GM Glen Sather is so anxious for help up front, he’s looking at acquiring injured Canucks winger Pavol Demitra once he gets healthy. Demitra has scored 301 goals over a 15-year career,...

Luongo’s hot, but Raycroft to start against Carolina

Luongo’s hot, but Raycroft to start against Carolina

I was a bit surprised by Alain Vigneault’s decision to rest Roberto Luongo and name Andrew Raycroft as the starter against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow. Considering Luongo’s recent history in afternoon games – last season’s injury in Pittsburgh comes to mind – perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. In fact, it’s probably wise to sit Lui and minimize the risk of injury. Especially against what is currently the worst team in the league, it also gives Raycroft an opportunity to rebound from his last start ten games ago when he got yanked against the St. Louis Blues after only one period....

Can May Ray keep it up?

Can May Ray keep it up?

Photo credit: canucks.com At quick glance, Mason Raymond’s stats in the early part of this season look very similar to the early part of last’s. This season, he has 14 points (8 goals and 6 assists) in his first 23 games; last season, he had 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in the same number of games. The big difference is, Raymond started last season with 10 points in his first 13 games before going into an 8-game pointless streak. (He would also have a 10-game pointless streak and a 12-game one later in the season.) This season, he...

A couple of steps forward, a couple of steps back

A couple of steps forward, a couple of steps back

“We’ve got to string more than a couple of wins together. We need a longer winning streak. We’ve been playing .500 hockey the last little bit, and that’s not good enough by any means. We’ve got to keep going here.” Ryan Kesler said the above after the Canucks’ second straight win against the Northwest Division-leading Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks followed it up with a well-played, well-fought and quite entertaining 1-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. A couple of steps forward and then a couple of steps back. Just like Kes said. With injuries to, among others, their captain and goaltender,...

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