[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] With 6 games left in the regular season, some fans are getting nervous, and with good reason. Because the Canucks have done so well this year, the remaining in the season seems rather futile – really, they’ve clinched already, right? Every game they play fans wonder – and fear – who might get injured just in time for the playoffs. It’s a fair question. There was...Click here to read more.
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With a week left before the NHL’s trade deadline, let’s take a quick snapshot of the Canucks’ salary cap situation. First, the team sent Evan Oberg back to the Manitoba Moose this morning and recalled Cody Hodgson. This pretty much says that Dan Hamhuis has been cleared and is good to go against the Habs tomorrow night. It also gives Hodgson an extended audition in the fourth line center spot (more on that later) and allows Tanner Glass to move back to his natural wing position. If Keith Ballard returns on Thursday as expected, the Canucks will have 22 healthy...Click here to read more.
When the final buzzer sounded in the Vancouver Canucks’ final game against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 11th last year, they were down to a defense corps that includes Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts and Shane O’Brien. Barring any last-minute changes, the Canucks will start tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames with a defense that includes the same top-four of Bieksa, Ehrhoff, Salo and Alberts. Plus, instead of SOB, they’ll have Aaron Rome in the lineup. And rookie Chris Tanev. For all the excellent planning and work GM Mike Gillis did over the summer to address the...Click here to read more.
Another night, another questionable hit. In the Canucks’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks last night, Ryan Getzlaf hit Dan Hamhuis from behind along the boards; Hamhuis didn’t return. Here’s Getzlaf on the hit: “Well, he turned as he made his pass, I think, and he was well-aware I was coming from what I could tell,” Getzlaf explained. “I watched the video and that’s what I saw. I didn’t leave my feet. I kept my shoulder down. It was just following through on a pass, and it was an unfortunate accident. “I wish nothing but the best for him. I...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.] You’d have thought, from the tone of the media coverage leading up to this game, that Ottawa was coming in with a bag over their collective heads, while the Canucks had been spotted a guillotine, a French audience, and a death warrant personally signed by Maximilien Robespierre. From the outset, this one looked like a routine execution, the league’s best team up against,...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 that watched a hockey game.] Friends, Romans, countrymen, I ask you, humbly, what is the cure for an offensive slump? Don’t answer; this is a rhetorical question. The solution, as everybody knows, is an opponent with porous goaltending and crap defense. It’s a fairly simple remedy, but the real trick is finding a major league team willing to provide it. Short of scheduling a shinny with the Washington Generals or 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.
Photo credit: Global TV BC After Willie Mitchell signed with the Los Angeles Kings, Canucks GM Mike Gillis moved to pick up a guy that was a younger, faster, and better replacement. His name landed on Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis, and as they say, the rest is history. But this post isn’t about Dan Hamhuis, at least not directly. It’s about Kevin Bieksa or what I like to call the Hamhuis Effect. If there’s one player who’s seen both sides of the media spectrum with everything from praise to criticism to daily trade rumours, it’s Kevin Bieksa. He’s been in 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.] The Canucks closed out 2010 the same way they opened it: with a win over the Dallas Stars, but don’t let the 4-1 score fool you into thinking this was just another rout of a good team. Vancouver outscored Dallas, but that’s about the only stat category they won. Thankfully,...Click here to read more.