[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: Sun, 22 May 2011 12:08 Hey Caylie, So here we have ourselves a noon start. Any word on the status of Luongo’s groin? C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 12:15 Hi Chris, I’m just hoping the Canucks are more awake and lively than probably the majority of us fans. If we stick to the game plan by not taking penalties and being aggressive, I predict the Canucks win, including...Click here to read more.
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[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.
I think it said a lot about how Canucks fans anticipated this series that much of the pregame chatter still focused on the team’s round 1, game 7 win against the Chicago Blackhawks rather than round 2, game 1 against the Nashville Predators. No, game 1 against the Preds won’t soon be talked about as an instant classic, but from the Canucks’ standpoint, it was an effective performance. What they may have lacked in emotion – at least relative to how much they played with in game 7 – they made up by dictating the pace of the game and...Click here to read more.
Unless there are other factors at play that we’re not aware of, I don’t see the logic of making Keith Ballard a healthy scratch in last night’s game and replacing with Aaron Rome. No, Ballard hasn’t been great. Certainly, he hasn’t played or produced as should be expected from a $4.2 million defenseman. But then again, he hasn’t called on to play much – or do much – considering that Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo are all ahead of him on the Canucks’ depth chart. That said, I thought Ballard had been decent in...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Bridget Samuels If Keith Ballard manages to play hero for the Vancouver Canucks in the coming months of battle for hockey’s greatest prize, then we might have a real conclusion to whether or not one of Mike Gillis’ big moves this past off-season was worth it. However, with Michael Grabner putting up 33 goals, the most by a rookie since Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin in ’06-07, and Mason Raymond struggling after a career year last year, it’s easy to see how some Canucks fans think the move was a bit of a flop. This is probably compounded by...Click here to read more.
[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)] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Happy Monday, Canucks fans. There were some ups and downs this weekend in the world of the Canucks. The Bruins took down the Canucks on Saturday night. And then on Sunday the team delighted thousands of fans at Rogers Arena during the Superskills competition. Sunday’s antics couldn’t erase Saturday’s loss, however, and many fans are still talking about the Bruins’ size being a...Click here to read more.
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.
[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)] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Welcome back, Ask Katie readers. I hope you all enjoyed the Canucks win on Saturday and your weekends, including yesterday’s Heritage Classic in Calgary. Carey Price looked like he was about to get pneumonia and perhaps did, considering the Flames scored four unanswered goals on the poor guy. Adrian (@unambig) asks: Maybe you’re a closet Flames fan? Katie: Maybe the Leafs will make...Click here to read more.
Let’s pause for a minute before we call Michael Grabner the next great Canucks prospect that got away. With his hat trick yesterday, Grabner now has 24 goals for the season, including 15 goals in his last 14 games. Today, he was named the NHL’s 1st Star of the Week. So did the Canucks give up on him too early? Maybe. Maybe not. To be honest, Grabner wasn’t on the Canucks’ long-term plans. It was clear they valued Mason Raymond more than they valued the former first-round draft pick when they worked out a two-year contract extension with Raymond just...Click here to read more.
I don’t blame Mike Gillis for being mad about Milan Michalek’s slewfoot on Keith Ballard, the result of which being Ballard being out an estimated 3-4 weeks. “I saw it as a play that, in my opinion, was a violation of the rules, and one that is not a highly respected play in this league, and at this level,” Gillis said. “The puck wasn’t near Keith when it happened. And I certainly disagree with that style of play.” Asked if he would call the league about the matter, Gillis replied: “It’s up to them if they want to look at...Click here to read more.