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Canucks Review and Preview: October 9 to October 15, 2011 0

Canucks Review and Preview: October 9 to October 15, 2011

[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 1 GP, 0-0-1, 1 point (2nd in Northwest Division, 9th in Western Conference) After a slow start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canucks showed heart coming back from a 3-1 deficit to later lose in the shootout. There were a lot of positives to take out of the first game of the season, including solid outings by Keith Ballard and Chris Higgins. The Canucks head out on the road for the next week which is...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Home Opener Edition 3

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Home Opener Edition

[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.] The Vancouver Canucks took their first steps on the long road back to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena on Thursday night.  I was in the arena for the home opener and I noticed a few Things That Make You Go Hmmm… The sluggish crowd.  Just like the team, the crowd seemed very tentative...

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Quickies: October 5, 2011 0

Quickies: October 5, 2011

Today’s quickies, a bunch of links, clips, news and other tidbits about the Vancouver Canucks. Photo credit: ESPN Remember the ribbing Ryan Kesler received after posing in his undies? I can only imagine what it’ll be like after his nude photoshoot for ESPN magazine. Yesterday, the Canucks placed Victor Oreskovich on waivers and claimed Dale Weise from the Rangers. Is Weise an upgrade over Oreo? In a tweet, Darren Dreger was complimentary of Weise’s skill set. And according to Pierre Lebrun, the Canucks were trying to trade for him last year. Weise is scheduled to line up next to Maxim...

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Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes Part 2 and Ranking the Western Conference Coaches 0

Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes Part 2 and Ranking the Western Conference Coaches

As discussed in yesterday’s post, changing a coach at mid-season, rather than in the off-season, seems to have a greater positive impact on team performance. Examining all the coaching moves since the start of the 2005-06 season reveals some other interesting tidbits: Only four coaches hired at mid-season led their teams to a worse performance than the coach they replaced: 2009-10 Philadelphia: Peter Laviolette (.535) replaced John Stevens (.540). One could argue these are almost equal results. 2008-09 Tampa Bay: Rick Tocchet (.397 winning percentage) replaced Barry Melrose (.438). Funny how Melrose was ridiculed for his performance returning to the...

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Random Musings 0

Random Musings

Some random Friday musings as we eagerly await the NHL Entry Draft: There’s a lot of chatter leading into tonight’s NHL Entry Draft. The Canucks are said to be entertaining offers for their first-round pick (29th overall) and goaltender Cory Schneider to either move up the draft or to acquire a player that can help them win now. If they keep their pick, the Canucks have shown interest in top-ranked goaltender, John Gibson, and Vancouver Giants defenseman, David Musil. There were rumors yesterday linking the Peter Stastny to the Canucks. Here’s the thing: Stastny has a $6.6 million cap hit....

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He Said, She Said: Psyched and Psyche 0

He Said, She Said: Psyched and Psyche

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2011 14:48 Hi Chris, There has been so much chatter on social media these last few days about Rome’s suspension, Vancouver fans vs Boston fans, and the word “classless” has been used one too many times. Bottom line it’s all about hockey and the players on the ice. I think this will be a pivotal game in the series, I don’t quite think it’s a MUST win, but to silence the critics...

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Stanley Cup Finals Game 4: Canucks 0 Bruins 4 1

Stanley Cup Finals Game 4: Canucks 0 Bruins 4

Winning the Stanley Cup is not supposed to be easy. Still, it’s disappointing – disheartening – to have a 2-0 series lead and then get beat 12-1 in the next couple of games. The Bruins have flipped the script here. In games 1 and 2, the Canucks got better as the game went on. In games 3 and 4, the Canucks started well enough, only to disappear after the first intermission. All season long, the second period was their worst period, and that was magnified in Beantown getting outscored 6-0 in the middle 20. Obviously, it’s not over. And the...

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He Said, She Said: More Manny, More Bally, Less Rome 0

He Said, She Said: More Manny, More Bally, Less Rome

[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: Sat, 04 Jun 2011 17:07 Hey Caylie, So here we have Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Apparently a must win. I’m not exactly sure why winning the first game at home in the final makes Game 2 a must win, but apparently that’s what people allegedly wiser than I seem to think. C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:21 Hi Chris, I’m not sure if it is...

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