Tagged: Dan Hamhuis

I Watched This Game: Canucks 7 – 3 Blue Jackets

I Watched This Game: Canucks 7 – 3 Blue Jackets

[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.] Less than twenty-four hours after a high-octane skillfest with one of the NHL’s elite teams in one of the NHL’s elite hockey markets, the Canucks were sentenced to an evening in Columbus. There was concern that this game could be something of a trap game, as Vancouver realistically couldn’t have...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 5 Red Wings (OT)

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 5 Red Wings (OT)

[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 and Red Wings have met twice this season, and both games have been among the most entertaining of the year. We at PITB often talk about the way Canucks fans view their team’s games through a vaccuum; we disregard the play of the other team and blame everything,...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 2 – 1 Oilers

I Watched This Game: Canucks 2 – 1 Oilers

[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 this post and other foolishness insightful takes on the Canucks and the NHL, visit Pass It To Bulis.] Let’s talk about Daniel and Henrik Sedin, currently sitting 4th and 7th in the NHL with 36 and 35 points, respectively. Henrik has 4 more assists than any other player; Daniel is 5th in the league in goals. They’ve been among the top ten...

Defensive Doldrums

Defensive Doldrums

The Canucks’ season has been a deceptive one so far. A 6-game winning streak and an extra hot third line swept under the rug some of the biggest problems the Canucks have been having this season. One of the biggest problems the Canucks have faced this season has been injury, a problem that has also plagued the defense in previous seasons. With the injury to Sami Salo, more responsibility was placed on the rest of the Canucks defense, newcomers and returning vets alike. The problem however doesn’t lie in their acceptance of responsibility and response as a result. The defense...

Ask Katie about the Canucks: November 8, 2010 Edition

Ask Katie about the Canucks: November 8, 2010 Edition

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and answers them in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] In this week’s edition of “Ask Katie about the Canucks”, Katie Maximick responds to your questions on player surprises and lineup changes, and looks ahead to the playoffs. (We know it’s only November, but hey, we’re allowed to get overexcited sometimes.) Kayli (@KayliDiebel93) asks: Who is your favourite current Canucks player? Katie: I would have to say, like 90% of Canucks fans right now, Manny Malhotra. He’s a beast. Amazing...

It Ain’t Broke. Yet.

It Ain’t Broke. Yet.

Against the Florida Panthers on Monday, the Canucks won a game in which they were outworked. Against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, they lost a game they dominated. C’est la vie, I guess. The fact is, the team is playing better as the new players get acclimated with each other – an observation not lost on the coach. For me, I thought it was our best game of the year. Except for the two 5-on-3s and two turnovers that led to goals [third period], we didn’t give them much. We created quite a few chances and couldn’t get the goal...

Get Ready for a Rough Ride

Get Ready for a Rough Ride

Finally some good news on the Canucks injury front as Rick Rypien is finally ready to make his season debut tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Good timing too, especially with Alex Bolduc suffering a rumored high ankle sprain, Guillaume Desbiens reportedly tweaking his back, and Jeff Tambellini looking out of place on the fourth line. The Canucks will welcome Rypien’s feistiness. The Ducks haven’t won a game this season – they’ve lost their first 3 games on the road – but lead the NHL in penalty minutes by a large margin. They’ve taken 40 penalties totaling 141 penalty minutes, including...

Canucks Season Preview Series: When The Going Gets Tough

Canucks Season Preview Series: When The Going Gets Tough

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Shortly after the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the second round of last year’s playoffs, Mike Gillis said: “Experience is a major factor,” he said. “We have very few guys that have gone far into the playoffs. “You need experienced players who have been there, who don’t deviate from the game plan when the pressure is on, and who continue to be...

Canucks Season Preview Series: Hamhuis’ Homecoming

Canucks Season Preview Series: Hamhuis’ Homecoming

[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] Some players thrive on playing for their hometown teams. You’ll remember that prior to his professional tryout with the Canucks, Brendan Morrison, who hails from Pitt Meadows, played center on a line with Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi and helped form one of the highest scoring lines in hockey. Cliff Ronning (Burnaby) and Greg Adams (Nelson) were prominent members of the 1994...

Letter To A New Guy: Dan Hamhuis

Letter To A New Guy: Dan Hamhuis

Dear Dan Hamhuis, We got off to a rough start in July, you and me. I think you’re overpaid and then you decided to wear number 2 like it was no big deal which used to belong to long term Canuck Mattias Ohlund my most favourite player in all the galaxies. So yeah, I got a little angry. But hey then I calmed down and said to myself, Alix, what do you most like in a hockey player? And do you know what the answer was, Mr. Hamhuis? It’s a stay at home defenceman and a player that does a...

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