I’m not Hordichuk’s biggest fan but one thing that’s been noticeable is how his presence, or lack thereof I should say, hasn’t been missed in the Canucks lineup. In fact the addition of Alberts has proven that the Canucks really don’t need Hordichuk’s skillset in order to get by. There was a time when the Canucks all around grit was lacking and there was the need for an enforcer. However as the team has evolved, Kesler’s grit factor has gone through the roof, Burrows retained his super pest attributes even though he skates on the top line, and anything Rypien...Click here to read more.
Darcy Hordichuk was brought to the Canucks for one reason and one reason only. To be a brute, to crush not just hit, and to chuck knuckles raining fists of fury. He was brought on to either to spark some energy via taking down, or at least taking on the other team’s heavyweight. He was brought on as our heavyweight and was expected to use his grit as retribution for a bad hit, a yapping Avery-type character, or dirty play. Hordichuk is not on this team for his speed or his offense. His offense is a notch above Shane O’Brien....Click here to read more.
I’ll admit it, I’m a big – like really big – fan of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. That one of the lead actresses, Cobie Smulders, is from Vancouver, and that the writers throw out a few Vancouver Canucks references, is a bonus. Here is the latest (via CDC): The full interview with Cobie Smulders is here.Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com If you can believe it, Canucks training camp opens today. The players will report to UBC for their medicals and then make themselves to available to the media. CDC has the full training camp information and schedule. Training camp was soooo different back then. Darcy Hordichuk reminisces about his younger camp days. Gordon Campbell will be in attendance at Monday’s preseason game in Terrace. Terrace native Joe Pelletier (Greatest Hockey Legends) has the Hockeyville festivities covered.Click here to read more.
– Cody Hodgson made his Moose debut tonight and scored his first pro point as the Moose took game one against the Aeros 2-1. That’s so exciting! If Canucks fans get what they’re hoping for, Cody won’t spend much time at all with the Moose, but it’s nice to see he’s fitting in so well. It sounds like Cory Scheider was great as well because the baby Canucks were outshot 32-18. It’s going to be good news for Gillis if guys like Cody, Cory, and Michael Grabner can step in for the big team next season. Game summary here –...Click here to read more.
The 10 day break was long and hard for fans and for the players. So much so that Bieksa and Kesler even got into it a little bit in practice. But that’s a good thing. It showed they still had their edge. First game against the Blackhawks was everything people expected and then some. A rollercoaster of emotion GM Place went from being louder than a jet engine, to being so quiet you could hear mice scurrying around in the rafters. The Canucks didn’t show an abundance of rust, and they didn’t show an a lot of over confidence either....Click here to read more.
Last night’s 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was an important one. The obvious first reason is that it gave our Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 series lead. That’s cool, but also, the process by which they won will surely serve as a lesson for the remainder of the series. After building a 3-0 lead in the first 40 minutes, the Canucks came out flat in the third period. For the first 18 minutes of the third period, their defensive coverage was sloppy and they showed about as much emotion as Freddie Prinze Jr. in character. As unthinkable as it seemed...Click here to read more.
Canucks hope brawn wins over brains in this series (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Tallon tales: Chicago GM reminisces about Canucks stint (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) ‘Lay off the layoff questions’ — Luongo (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Tsawwassen family faces true blue test of loyalty (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell prepared for a ‘battle’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Trash talk is cheap as game nears (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Double-standard for stars, tough guys: Hordichuk (Vancouver Province) Hawks a fortunate draw for the Canucks – right? (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province With friends like these, who needs enemies? (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)...Click here to read more.
Luongo’s not packing any bags (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Unlucky Stars down but not out (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ rigours of the road (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘I think we have a great chance’ (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) This Finn will never shirk hard work (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks schedule not as easy as it looks (Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver) The Dallas Stars: Rest In Pieces (Richie Whitt, Dallas Observer) Dallas Stars in trouble, but Tippett is safe (Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News)Click here to read more.
Canucks still flying with shutout of Blues (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Unheralded players contribute toward win (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Taking it one game at a time, sort of (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canucks sting Blues for 11th straight home win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo strikes back at critics with shutout (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) It’s not always about the money (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Good time to get hot (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Blues, Tkachuk go down (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Tribune via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Click here to read more.