It doesn’t happen often. In fact, I think it only happens at this time of year. But believe it or not, Tony Gallagher (Vancouver Province) talks optimismistically about the Vancouver Canucks. This being September, when optimism is allowed to flourish if even only for the briefest moment, happier aspects of the Canucks can be addressed despite the gloom of another impending scoring shortage. And among the reasons to be optimistic is the ever-increasing depth of this organization. They may not have the high-end talent needed to win a Cup, other than in goal, but the team has made strides through...
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Canucks drill Oilers (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Prospects notes (Vancouver Province) BC boy finds new roots (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Tambellini at home with Oil (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) No time like the present for Krajicek (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Luongo ready for challenges as Canucks’ camp begins (Farhan Lalji, TSN.ca) Mediation set in Bertuzzi-Moore NHL case (CBC.ca)
A quick hit on this one… I was just looking through the Vancouver Canucks schedule that was inserted in Sunday’s Vancouver Province. Did anyone else notice that the team moved Fan Appreciation Day from the last home game of the season to a mid-season January 4th game vs. the Dallas Stars? Did you also notice that that same Stars game is only available on pay-per-view? How ironic.
I missed this tidbit from Ed Willes (Vancouver Province) yesterday: Canucks GM Mike Gillis has said he isn’t finished building his team and, with $10 million in cap space, he has the freedom to move in a couple of different directions. But it will also be interesting to compare what Gillis does with the plan Dave Nonis had laid out before he was fired. Nonis told Canucks’ ownership he would add three forwards and let Markus Naslund go through free agency. Swedish free agent Fabian Brunnstrom was committed to signing with the Canucks. Nonis was also going to trade the...
New faces give Luongo enthusiasm (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Former-now-new teammates have fond memories of Lu (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Grabner and Hodgson impress in loss (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Grabner steals show in loss (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
With Trevor Linden’s retirement and Markus Naslund’s and Brendan Morrison’s departures, the team has yet to announce the next Canucks player to don the ‘C’ on his jersey.
What do you guys think? Who is your next Canucks captain?
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We’re back. Season three of TCC kicks off with a quick gathering of the crew to has out what to expect for the coming season as well as some cool things going on with each of our various projects. We take a look back as who we’ve lost, the new faces (that we kinda think we know something about but don’t know half as much as we’d like), hash out the who does what for TV and radio play-by-play, and take assignments for new names of the team for show and tell later. Click here to listen to the episode.
Time to put game faces on (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Youngsters up for real game action (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Shutdown defenseman Sauve savours early taste of NHL (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Pro deal drives Gendur (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Gretzky paved way for Ramsey (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Victoria products impress Canucks’ top brass (Sharie Epp, Victoria Times Colonist)
Canuck prospect Hodgson impresses coach Vigneault (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) The future is now for Hodgson (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Grabner making most of chance (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Rai has speed to burn but grit to learn (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
Vancouver takes small steps toward rebuilding (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Top pick aims to stick (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)