In typical Trevor Linden fashion, Vancouver’s favourite son has arrived – and not a moment too soon. Brought back from obscurity – and a successful venture establishing gyms around the Lower Mainland – Trevor Linden’s appointment to the position of president of hockey operations comes with many responsibilities. Linden will oversee all decisions regarding the coaching, scouting, drafting, trading, and player development, essentially wielding the big and powerful rubber stamp. That’s a lot of power, even for the man who 26 years ago began his ascent to becoming the most iconic Canucks player in franchise history. You can call the...Click here to read more.
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I was at Rogers Arena last night to see the Vancouver Canucks lose 3-0 to the visiting Anaheim Ducks. It’s crazy to think that just three short years after witnessing the Canucks clinch their first-ever Presidents’ Trophy (on March 31, 2011), I was watching them being eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. With three minutes to go in the third period, a very audible “Fire Gillis” chant broke out in the arena and it went on for a considerable amount of time. Obviously, the Canuck faithful are restless and are demanding a change –...Click here to read more.
Back from his wedding, Chris joins Clay and Matt and they immediately get back into the swing of things by chatting about “A Season Like No Other.” The “boat” is barely afloat – Dallas is firing what could be the final torpedo as we post – and this week the captain and admiral seem to be at odds. We chat about Gillis’ interview and admission his job may not be safe, Tortorella’s genuine response and we imagine would could have been. And as always, we have our #AskCHB and Haiku segments to bring a smile to your face. A Season...Click here to read more.
Yup, the Canucks are still alive. Something happened during the second intermission. Trailing 1-0 to the Los Angeles Kings going into the final frame, it’s as if the Canucks decided that, hey, they should be playing up-tempo hockey. And the result was probably their best third period of hockey in a long, long time, and a 2-1 win. #Canucks with some serious play action in the 3rd. Torts? Who's Torts? #TGATT — gladys (@gloomybb) April 6, 2014Click here to read more.
It is truly hard to pinpoint one reason why the Canucks will be on the outside looking in this spring. It would be unfair to blame their failures on one key thing. So I’m going to go ahead and name five. It’s been an abysmal year for the Canucks and unless some youth is injected into the lineup next season, we may be in store for a few more. The core which seemed so indestructible just two short years ago is imploding and many of the veterans seem nonchalant and indifferent to the failures of this season. Injuries took their toll and the team’s plethora...Click here to read more.
With only 6 games left in the regular season, the likelihood of our Vancouver Canucks making the post-season sits at 0.3%. If you’re the most optimistic of fans, then yes, absolutely, there’s still a chance at a miracle finish here. But the reality is, the injuries, the inefficiencies on the power play, the inability to protect leads, especially in the third period, everything that has plagued them this year, have caught up, and we’re left to grind about the many questions facing this team the rest of the season, and in all likelihood, the off-season. With the New York Rangers...Click here to read more.
Just when you thought the Canucks were kinda, sorta looking like they at least gave two shits about the rest of the season, they pulled off another stinker last night. With their 5-1 loss to the Ducks – combined with the Wild and the Stars’ wins – the Canucks are now 5 points back of the final wild card playoff spot, with only 6 games to go. Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again… #Canucks #TGATT — Chris Golden (@lyteforce) March 30, 2014Click here to read more.
(Photo credit: cbc.ca) Talk about different circumstances. While the Vancouver Canucks are fighting to keep their diminishing playoff dreams alive, the Anaheim Ducks are fighting for first place in the Pacific Division. With a win tonight, the Ducks can match a franchise record for victories. With a win tonight, the Canucks’ chances of making the playoffs will still be at around 3%. Ass-Kicking in Anaheim Without a doubt, the Ducks will not be an easy team to beat. Heck, the Canucks have yet to beat them this season. Remember that brutal 9-1 loss in Anaheim in January? Remember the Ducks’...Click here to read more.
And we were so optimistic after last night’s game, eh? But now, after the Canucks’ 3-2 OT loss to the Colorado Avalanche, and the Phoenix Coyotes’ win over the New Jersey Devils, those slim playoff hopes we’re all clinging to are getting even slimmer. The Coyotes need 9 points in their last 8 games, the Minnesota Wild need 8 points in their last 8 games, and the Canucks’ season will come to a merciful end. So long playoffs! Damnitalltohell. #Canucks #TGATT — Victoria Denault (@concretefluff) March 28, 2014Click here to read more.
Crazy Coach-Off Forget who will score first or who will get the first penalty – the big moment here is which coach will spaz out first? Both Avs coach Patrick Roy and our John Tortorella are fiery and animated, to say the least. Both could go off like firecrackers if this game gets chippy or a team gets one too many bad calls. So keep your eyes on the bench, people. This could be fun! In Booth We Trust I have no idea how it came to this, but apparently David Booth is the Canucks’ best player right now....Click here to read more.