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Season Preview: Ranking the Eastern Conference Bluelines

Season Preview: Ranking the Eastern Conference Bluelines

There is no greater union in the NHL today than Brian Burke and Toronto Maple Leafs. For all his bluster, and for all his previous on-ice success, Burke’s greatest strength is jousting with the media. And if there’s one thing media saturated Toronto needs is a Maple Leaf general manager with an aptitude for soundbytes. During last week’s “state of the union”-type press scrum with Toronto media, Burke insisted the Leafs defence “stacks up really well against just about any other team in the East.” Does it really? Let’s take a look at Eastern Conference defence rankings headed into the 2011-12 season....

Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes and Ranking the Eastern Conference Coaches

Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes and Ranking the Eastern Conference Coaches

Another September, another new coach for the New Jersey Devils. Peter DeBoer becomes the seventh coach the Devils have had since the NHL lockout, following Jacques Lemaire, John Maclean, Brent Sutter, Claude Julien, Lou Lamoriello and Larry Robinson. The question is – do these moves have any impact? I took a look at NHL coaching changes since 2005 and grouped them into three categories: Off-season change (one coach replaces another in the off-season) Mid-season change (one coach replaces another and finishes the season) Mid-season change-turned-permanent (mid-season coaching replacement sticks around, leading the team into the next season) Here’s what was...

The Better Team Won and Other Thoughts

The Better Team Won and Other Thoughts

As we recover from the thrills and spills from the last 9 months, we’re going to slowly start dissecting the 2010/2011 Canucks and their long season and deep playoff run. For starters, here are some quick thoughts. Not to take anything away from what the Canucks did this season, but I think we’re all rational enough to admit that the Boston Bruins were the better team over the course of the 7 games of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s easy for some people to look at the number of goals Roberto Luongo allowed in their 4 losses – that number...

SCF Game 7: A Retro Diary

SCF Game 7: A Retro Diary

You know it’s a brand new world when your walk to work in the morning smells like the remnants of either pepper spray or tear gas (and I’m thankful to not have enough experience to distinguish between the two). What drove Vancouver fans to this point? The only way to know is to check the notes and write a retro diary of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between Vancouver and Boston. 7:50 a.m. – “Not Tonight.” One of my best friends, VH1 (for his Rain Man-esque knowledge of 80s and 90s music) decides it’s never too early to...

He Said, She Said: Lightning.. err.. Luongo Crashes

He Said, She Said: Lightning.. err.. Luongo Crashes

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:16 Hey Caylie, Game 7. Vancouver. And biggest game in Luongo’s career. He’s gonna bring it. He has too! C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:06 Hi Chris, Like many have said, this game will be a huge statement for Luongo. He wasn’t faced with very many shots in the first, but the one he didn’t see went to the back of the net. I...

It All Comes Down to One Game

It All Comes Down to One Game

We’re a few hours away from the most highly-anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks:  Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins. It’s been a wild and entertaining final with a little bit of everything:  good goaltending, shaky goaltending, last-minute goals, quick overtime finishes, fights, hits, injuries, taunting, and even a suspension.  But for the Vancouver Canucks, even after 7 pre-season games, 82 regular season games, and 24 playoff games, it all comes down to this: one game.  Winner claims the Stanley Cup, loser laments what could have been. So as...

Win it… for all of us

Win it… for all of us

When the puck drops for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, the Canucks will be in a position they’ve been in just one other time in their 40-year history. Win the game, win the Stanley Cup. A couple of days ago, Ed posted some nice sentiments about this Cup Run, and he’s right in that, win or lose, the 2010/2011 season has given us some great memories already. But I’d like to take it one step further – I want them to win the whole damn thing. I want them to win it for the long-time fans, who’ve...

Ranted: Since when was a broken back something to cheer about, Boston?

Ranted: Since when was a broken back something to cheer about, Boston?

Gutless – lacking courage or determination. Unclassy – lacking in good taste or sense; crude. Both of these terms have been tossed back and forth between the Vancouver and Boston camps since the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been used so often and so stupidly that for many people, the words have lost their venom. Even the supposedly “unbiased” media is jumping on the wagon of name-calling, labelling the Sedin Twins “Thelma and Louise” (Mike Milbury, NBC/Versus) or calling the Canucks a bunch of classless, gutless brutes (Barry Rozner, Daily Herald). It’s pretty apparent that the Canucks and...

He Said, She Said: Lightning Crashes

He Said, She Said: Lightning Crashes

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:00 Hey Caylie, For what could be a defining moment in my favourite NHL team’s history, I’ve been surprisingly calm throughout the day. Not confident (after games 3 & 4 I’m still apprehensive of the TD Gardens) but at peace. Mind you, the puck has yet to drop. C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:17 Hi Chris, I was calm until about 3 PM when...

History Has Already Been Made

History Has Already Been Made

The commercials may say otherwise but in reality, history has already been made. I’m not sure how many of us have stopped to think about it but we are witnessing an important point in time. Regardless of whether we win or lose, this magical playoff run of the 2010/2011 Vancouver Canucks will be spoken of for generations. I can see myself now, an old man chatting with my equally old friends, telling our grandchildren of this illustrious time of our youth. “Where were you when Burr gloved that puck down and scored to beat the Hawks?” “You remember when Juice...

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