Tom Wakefield gives his take on who should win some of the key NHL awards and takes a look at other issues around the league.Click here to read more.
Tagged: Kyle Wellwood
The Canucks Team Store had their annual Boxing Day Sale today. Here are a few (unneeded) items they had available for sale: Jannik Hansen’s hands of stone – In the past 6 games since moving to the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jeff Tambellini, Hansen has 3 points (1 goal – 2 assists). I know it’s a modest 0.5 points per game average, but consider he had 7 points (2 goals – 5 assists) in the previous 28 games – a 0.25 points per game average. Tanner Glass’ plane ticket to Manitoba – The fourth line has seen a...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks and Kings meet for Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series tonight at 7:00 PM. Does Drew Doughty dare go in Alex Edler’s space again? Will Pavol Demitra show up? Can Andrew Alberts cut back on the dumb penalties? All this and more in today’s game day links: I hope Alex Edler eats his Wheaties for breakfast again. [Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun] Paging Pavol. [Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun, Allan Muir, Sports Illustrated] Rome still out. That means more of Alberts. [Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun] AV has Alberts’ back. [Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun] LA wants...Click here to read more.
There have been a handful of players on the Canucks bottom six this year who have been questionable selections for the roster and it seem as each game goes by some of those spots are put even more-so into question because of extremely sub par play. Now it’s no secret I’m a huge Jannik Hansen fan, so naturally I’m upset when he gets unnecessarily scratched, or sent down on a conditioning stint, no matter how voluntary it was. With that in mind though, there’s got to be something else at play here that we’re not hearing about. I know he...Click here to read more.
[Editor's note: CHB would like to welcome Chris Golden as a contributor to the site. As you'll be able to see from his first post, he's a tough-love kinda guy. Don't worry, we think he'll come around after SOB scores a big goal in the playoffs.] ***** Hidey ho folks! Remember me? No?! I’m hurt. Some of you may recognize me from my witty (or witless) banter in the official Canucks Fan Zone Live Blog, others may know me more as@lyteforce from the vast twitterverse, and one of you probably hangs out at my blog. Regardless of how you know...Click here to read more.
I’ll admit over the course of the season I’ve been really harsh towards Taylor so I guess now I have to take it easy on him. Pyatt’s back in town and according to the team has resumed his full duties as a Canucks player. Again, my condolences go out to him and to the Bragnalo family, I can only imagine what it’s like for Taylor to have lost his high school sweetheart of 11 years. That being said, it’s playoff time, we’re right in the thick of things and the question now is “Who/what/where/when/why to do with Pyatt”. Pyatt was...Click here to read more.
Canucks unleash triple trouble (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Taking care of business (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Police ready in case Canucks fans turn frantic (Mary Frances Hill, Vancouver Sun) Lesser lights shining as well (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Winning is only the beginning (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Sundin, Kariya likely both out (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Sundin’s status unclear for game 4 (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks smell sweep (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) St. Louis Blues down but not out against Canucks (Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Kariya’s status unsure for tonight (Norm Sanders, Belleville News-Democrat) Moose put focus...Click here to read more.
In these playoffs it’s clear that the Canucks need to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone talks about the Sedins needing to step it up. They talk about Luongo needing to be on top of his game, but there’s one thing that can really be the X-Factor for this year’s Canucks playoff run and it is the play of 4 players. Particularly it is the 3rd line and Ryan Johnson. Coming off game three where the Canucks faced their biggest challenge in a first period throttling that saw them spend half the period on the penalty kill. That’s where the...Click here to read more.
Hockey Night in Canada gives Vancouver the bird (Jonathan McDonald, Vancouver Province) Snow showers around Luongo doesn’t faze goalie (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Let us spray, pesky Blues are saying (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Five-on-five more than a fair fight for the Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Bernier happy to give Salo credit for goal (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks a better hockey club with Salo on the ice (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Blues coach plays optimism card because ‘we can play better’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood adapts well to new role (Gary Mason, Globe and Mail) Sundin parked...Click here to read more.
Canucks put out Flames in 4-1 win (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Mitchell, Iginla waging battle for ages (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Performance just what the doctor ordered (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks fans kept on edge (Vancouver Province) Canucks keep first-place hopes alive with victory over Flames (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Captain Canuck plays superhero role (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Keenan credits Luongo’s ‘goaltending clinic’ for Canuck win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks farm team coach Scott Arniel named AHL’s bench boss of the year (Vancouver Sun) Crown still within Canucks reach (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Luongo frustrates Flames...Click here to read more.