Category: Out of Town Notebook

Out of Town Notebook: Salary Cap Woes, Long Shifts and Worried Fanbases

Out of Town Notebook: Salary Cap Woes, Long Shifts and Worried Fanbases

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: nj.com Steve Simmons wrote earlier this week that the salary cap was hurting the league’s best players by forcing them play with AHL-level grinders. Noting how the cap has forced the New Jersey Devils to play with 15, 16 players, Dave Hodge argues in his latest Hodgemail that the salary cap should be abolished. Even before the season started, hockey writers were using the salary cap to suggest dynasties aren’t possible in today’s era. Just so...

Out of Town Notebook: Gretzky vs. Lemieux and Early Rookie Chatter

Out of Town Notebook: Gretzky vs. Lemieux and Early Rookie Chatter

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Pesonen and the Pens Growing up in the `80s there were two camps: Wayne Gretzky vs. Mario Lemieux. The Great One vs. Mario “Le Magnifique.” To idolize one was to idolize a “great Canadian” – a small-town Ontario boy who grew up playing on a backyard rink. Wayne? He was humble, hardworking and personified brains over brawn. To idolize the other was, at least in my neighbourhood, almost traitorous. Mario? He was arrogant and aloof. He...

Out-of-Town Notebook: 2010/2011 Season Predictions and Prognostications

Out-of-Town Notebook: 2010/2011 Season Predictions and Prognostications

Western Conference Standings: 1. Vancouver – 100-115 pts 2. Chicago – 100-115 pts 3. LA – 90-100 pts 4. Detroit 100-110 pts 5. Phoenix – 85-95 pts 6 San Jose – 85-95 pts 7. Calgary – 85-92 pts 8. Nashville – 85-92 pts 9. Anaheim – 85-92 pts 10. Colorado – 85-92 pts 11. St. Louis – 85-92 pts 12. Columbus – 50-70 pts 13. Edmonton – 50-70 pts 14. Minnesota – 50-70 pts 15. Dallas – 50-60 pts Notes on the above: Chicago is the better team, but Vancouver plays in the weakest division in the West. I have...

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