With the recent emergence of Mike Santorelli as a legitimate piece of the Canuck Puzzle, it’s clear Mike Gillis is the guy you want next to you on “Black Friday”. This guy can find a bargain. And while he’s had the disapointments that every GM has during their tenure, he’s also had an abundance of pleasant surprises. Sure, the “fairweather fan” is quick to point out the Keith Ballard debacle or the Luongo/Schneider escapades but the true fan can see that, despite those controversies, Gillis has put together a pretty successful squad. He has brought in players to complement the...Click here to read more.
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Season’s Greetings, CHB readers! In honour of the season, we got together and thought we’d give you a lump of coal …err, a festive edition of our Fantasy Hockey Pool update. How did our rankings shape up as of Wednesday morning? Read on: Goose is my Wingman (Chris) – 89.5 points (current rank: 1st) If there is one thing that I’ve learned during my meteoric climb to the top of the standings, it’s definitely humility. I’ve been called a drunken boater by Lizz, had my strategic draft process mocked by Ed, seen my definition of an A-list actor trashed by...Click here to read more.
Some quick thoughts now that the draft is done, the Moose have moved and free agency being just a few days away. I tried to do a write-up on each of the Canucks draft picks this weekend, but had to abandon for daddy duties. The rest of the Canucks selections were: LW Ludwig Blomstrand (4th round, 120th overall), D Frankie Corrado, (5th round, 150th overall), C Pathrik Westerholm (6th round, 180th overall) and D Henrik Tommernes (7th round, 210th overall). If Mike Gillis had one theme for the weekend, it was to add some size to the organization. All of...Click here to read more.
[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.] I watched the Canucks’ 4-2 victory over the Sharks with a couple hundred of my closest Canucks friends at the Vancouver Canucks Tweet-Up at Guildford’s Boston Pizza. CHB’s JJ Guerrero and Chris Golden were representing, and everyone had a great time (due in large part to the Canucks’ win). I was able to bring my wife and kids out with me and they had...Click here to read more.
[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: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:23 Hey Caylie, So… how about that first goal? C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:26 Hi Chris, That was bad defensive coverage from Ehrhoff on that goal there. But that was an undisciplined penalty from Lapierre there. It’s one thing to be aggressive and another thing to not control a hit. Here we go again, a 4 minute penalty kill coming up. Canucks are...Click here to read more.
After every Canucks playoff game, we’ll break down one key play, frame-by-frame. The Situation The score is knotted at 1-1 early in the second period. Vancouver has just killed off a Chicago powerplay and dumped the puck behind Crawford’s net. CBC’s commentators mention how quiet the crowd is. Frame 1 (5:12) Kesler briefly waves his stick at Campbell before heading to the bench. Notice the horrible timing of this line change. Frame 2 (5:13) Campbell passes the puck to Kane as the Sedins jump over the boards, already behind the play. Frame 3 (5:14) Kane skates over the blueline as...Click here to read more.
There are pretty goals, like Daniel’s between-the-legs shot against Calgary last year in a mean-nothing, final-game-of-the season blowout. Then there are the clutch goals: the shorthanded breakaway, the rush up ice in the dying minutes, the rebound bashed home from your knees with the goalie pulled and seconds left. In chronological order, here’s the 10 clutch goals that made you roar in relief and jubliation this season. Manny Malhotra vs Detroit Red Wings on November 6 Killing a late second-period penalty in a tied game, Malhotra strips Datsyuk at the blue line and goes in alone. Ryan Kesler vs Anaheim...Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@CayKing).] Canucks Record 48 GP, 29-10-9, 67 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) The All-Star break is coming up and with just two games this week the time off could not come at a better time. The Canucks have been struggling to find their game in their last few contests and have been hit hard by injuries. Hopefully some much deserved rest will help to refocus the team as they make a push into the...Click here to read more.
[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] It is the worst letdown in the world when the Canucks suffer a shutout loss. It’s a worse letdown than Urkel O’s (the cereal that showed so much promise). Not only am I forced to watch the Canucks lose, but I’m forced to watch as they’re held off the scoresheet....Click here to read more.
(Contributions from J.J. Guerrero and Matt Lee.) Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: canada.com Dan Hamhuis: The Smithers native has been everything the Canucks wanted in a top defenseman – excellent skater, positionally-sound defensively and good puck-mover. Hamhuis often plays against opposing team’s top lines, but is also on pace to match his career-high point totals. Grade: A- Kevin Bieksa: Bieksa is perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the Canucks’ season. Playing injury-free for the first time in...Click here to read more.