Author: Richard Loat

Join the RUSH Vancouver and win a signed Mason Raymond shirt 19

Join the RUSH Vancouver and win a signed Mason Raymond shirt

With the Canucks amidst one of the best seasons they’ve ever had we’re seeing fans go to extraordinary lengths to support their team. This includes the passionate fans behind Force and Sully, The Green Men, and extends to the hundreds of fans that invaded California along with the Canucks to make their road presence known. With the great lengths we’ve seen Canucks fans travel, it only made sense to support The RUSH Vancouver when they approached us with Mason Raymond swag for you guys to win! The RUSH: Race & Urban Scavenger Hunt is not your ordinary event. Teams of...

Not Afraid 0

Not Afraid

As the Canucks head into the postseason, there’s no doubt that we’re seeing a different team from years past. This is a team that is hungrier than ever. They know the pain of defeat. They only have one goal, there is only one standard. Since they started their domino effect assault on personal, franchise and league records, they’ve established – for themselves and the fans – that it’s Cup or bust. Whether they play the Blackhawks or the Stars, this team is on a mission and it’s clear that come puck drop on game 83, all bets are off. As...

My Case for Alain Vigneault to Win the Jack Adams 2

My Case for Alain Vigneault to Win the Jack Adams

With the Canucks putting the finishing touches on their 40th anniversary regular season, there has been much talk about the various awards and trophies the Canucks are going to add to their cabinet. Like his brother did last year, Daniel Sedin is on the verge of locking up the Art Ross and is also a solid candidate for the Hart. (Only two players outside of the top two in NHL scoring have won the Hart in the modern era, his odds are good.) Kesler has made his case for the Selke again this year, Luongo would not be an unreasonable...

One Manny does not a season make 1

One Manny does not a season make

The old adage that defense wins championships is one we’ve seen proven true year after year. The Blackhawks proved that last year. So did the San Francisco Giants when they won the World Series last year on stellar pitching and field play. And in the case of recent Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers, there’s no doubt in my mind that the winning formula is a complement of defense and offense. That said, the loss of Manny Malhotra isn’t one to panic over. There is no denying that Malhotra’s contributions to this team’s penalty kill and bottom-six has been...

Get dirty 2

Get dirty

Photo credit: National Post There are a few hockey adages that nearly always ring true. Adages like “throw it on net, and good things happen”, or one of a similar vein, “go to the net and good things happen”, litter not just hockey but all sports. There is no sport where being flashy and being pretty wins games. More often than not, it’s the hard-earned garbage goals that are more effective or have a larger impact than the fancy toe-drag dangle after a coast-to-coast rush. This year’s Canucks team is loaded with depth, talent and a will to win but...

Lapierre, Higgins: You Complete Me 0

Lapierre, Higgins: You Complete Me

When it comes to thoughts on the Canucks’ acquisitions of Maxim Lapierre and Christopher Higgins, it’s hard to say something that hasn’t already been said. With that in mind though, there are a few reasons I think these new players will fit well. The big take away from the addition of Lapierre is that Burrows can finally worry about doing his job. With Rypien out of the lineup, it looked like Burrows was unsuccessfully trying to play under-your-skin-hockey while simultaneously struggling to play Sedin triggerman. Lapierre allows Burrows to focus on offense as a top liner, a role he played...

Missing Edler 4

Missing Edler

After an unfortunate rash of injuries, the Canucks got Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard back last night against the Montreal Canadiens. This resulted in one of their worst starts this season as the period of re-adjustment cost them two goals and ultimately the game. With their return though, came no drastic impact. Ballard and Hamhuis are core blue liners with skill sets far superior to their replacements Oberg and Sauve, but their impact is defensive and more subtle. When you look at the remaining injured blueliners, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler are two of the more prominent blueliners on this...

April can’t come soon enough 4

April can’t come soon enough

With the Canucks’ magic number at 34 points only midway through February, it’s conceivable the Canucks could clinch the Northwest Division as early as the beginning of March. This team is at the top of its game and is showing no sign of slowing down. The only thing that’s left is for the playoffs to start. In the Canucks’ recent home game against the Blackhawks, Rogers Arena was more electric than it has been since last year’s postseason. This city is ready to will its team to the Stanley Cup and the rest of this season is a formality. April...

Dreaming of more D 0

Dreaming of more D

With Canucks defenseman falling like flies from game to game there’s certainly a building pressure on the team to act come the deadline. While players like Ballard, Alberts, and Edler are all expected to return before the playoffs, how much worse is it going to get before it gets better? Hamhuis’ injury of a concussion is likely the most unpredictable, veterans like Nolan Baumgartner injured down on the Manitoba Moose, and players the Canucks don’t want to lose to the waiver wire in Nathan Paetsch and Ryan Parent, Mike Gillis has a tough decision to make. If the Blackhawks and...