My mother-in-law is coming in from Abbotsford and my sister-in-law is coming in from Vernon today to watch the Canucks game with me and Tracy. Both are big Canucks fans, but for whatever reason, Tracy and I have never seen a live Canucks game with either one of them. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to tonight. ***** The Kings are as streaky a team as you’d find these days. They’ve won 3 in a row at home after losing 4 in a row on the road; but just before that, they lost 4 straight home games and...Click here to read more.
Before the Canucks/Kings game on Monday, I went on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna AM 1150) and noted the Kings’ very good powerplay and the Canucks’ very lousy penalty-kill. That night, of course, the Canucks allowed 2 powerplay goals against en route to a 3-2 loss. The loss itself didn’t bother me; after all, they had to lose at some point. Their special teams play, however, may be cause for concern. Lately, the Canucks have had a bad habit of letting in a PPGA or two or three. Since January 1st, they’ve allowed a PPGA in 20 of their 26...Click here to read more.
Right after the trade deadline, Bruce Constantineau (Vancouver Sun) wrote a piece about a raise in Canucks ticket prices for next season. The Vancouver Canucks will hike season ticket prices by an average of two per cent next season — joining a small minority of NHL teams so far who have announced price increases during a global recession. Canucks’ chief operating officer Victor de Bonis said prices on about 45 per cent of season tickets will be frozen, while increases on the remaining 55 per cent will range up to 3.3 per cent. He said ticket-price increases in recent years...Click here to read more.
Not that his status as one of the best defensemen to ever wear a Canucks jersey was ever in doubt, but Mattias Ohlund reached a significant milestone on Saturday night. From Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun): Canuck Mattias Ohlund earned another piece of franchise history Saturday when he collected the 321st point of his career. Ohlund is now tied with Jyrki Lumme and Dennis Kearns for most points by a blueliner. He has 18 games to set a new mark. “Eighteen more to go, you never know,” Ohlund said Sunday, smiling. “I guess [it’s possible]. I’m not too concerned about it....Click here to read more.
The common theme today is how important tomorrow night’s game against the San Jose Sharks. It’s a big game and a benchmark game. It’s a chance to show they can hold their own against the Western Conference elite. The truth is, the Canucks haven’t had a lot of success against the West’s top four teams. They had a couple of nice wins against Detroit and Calgary early in the season and a come-from-behind shootout win against Calgary and blowout win against Chicago in the last month. Overall, however, they are an unimpressive 6-8-1 against the Sharks, Red Wings, Flames and...Click here to read more.
For most of the day, the Vancouver Canucks were rumored to be one of the front-runners to acquire Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers. They were also apparently after a 3rd line center. By the end of the day, Mike Gillis determined the price tags were too high and decided to pass on the action. Gillis is obviously happy with his team’s current make up and why wouldn’t he be? The Canucks sit in 5th place in the Western Conference, having won 11 of their last 13 games. They have 19 games left in the regular season and only 3...Click here to read more.
Good morning boys and girls. It’s 5:19 AM and I just rolled out of bed and wife’s annoyed. We go through this same routine every trade deadline day. I set my alarm for 5:00 AM, I wake up, and she wonders why the heck I do this. No worries. I know she follows along at work. I hope you will too. But first, coffee. [update: 03/04/2009, 5:23 AM] From Bruce Garrioch via Hosea Cheung: League sources say the Canucks are offering D Kevin Bieksa, LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 pick for Bouwmeester. That package is about what I...Click here to read more.
For the 4th year in a row, I’ll be liveblogging trade deadline day. Check back tomorrow morning – I hope to start bright and early (after I grab some good coffee) – and join me in the festivities. I’ll also be puttering around on Twitter, and then at 4:20 PM, I’ll be on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna 1150 AM) to wrap up the day. Here are some sites I’ll be following. The Canucks-centric blogs: Canucks and Beyond Nucks Misconduct Canucks 24/7 The big blogs: Kukla’s Corner Spector’s Hockey James Mirtle’s From The Rink And the MSM: TSN The Score...Click here to read more.
Shortly after signing his 4-year/$8 million contract extension, Alex Burrows scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season as the Vancouver Canucks won for the 11th time in 13 games. It’s obviously too early to tell if Burrows is worth $2 million per season. Like I said yesterday, I don’t mind the deal if he continues to play the way he’s playing right now. If he continues to play well on the top-6 or the checking line – whichever is asked of him – and regularly produces 15+ goals and 40 points, it’s a solid deal. I hope, of...Click here to read more.