2011 may well shake out to be one of the most memorable calendar year in Canucks history. (At least in my mind it will be until the year the Canucks win the Stanley Cup.) Through the ecstasy of the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals and many team and individual highs and the sadness in the deaths of Rick Rypien and Pavol Demitra, here are 10 Canucks moments from 2011 that I will remember. Feel free to add your own memorable moments in the comments section. 10. The passing away of Rick Rypien (August 15, 2011) 9. Ryan Kesler...Click here to read more.
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Photo credit: theahl.com Now that Vancouver Canucks fans have (we hope) managed to begin the healing process from the emotional rollercoaster of the 2011 Playoffs, it’s time to shift the focus to the 2011 Draft, where the building blocks for future success are put in place. Given that the 2011 crop has, for some time, been viewed as a generally weaker class than previous years, perhaps the Canucks would be best served to once again parlay their first-round selection in order to acquire the talent needed to win right now. But seeing as how the club already forked over their...Click here to read more.
There are pretty goals, like Daniel’s between-the-legs shot against Calgary last year in a mean-nothing, final-game-of-the season blowout. Then there are the clutch goals: the shorthanded breakaway, the rush up ice in the dying minutes, the rebound bashed home from your knees with the goalie pulled and seconds left. In chronological order, here’s the 10 clutch goals that made you roar in relief and jubliation this season. Manny Malhotra vs Detroit Red Wings on November 6 Killing a late second-period penalty in a tied game, Malhotra strips Datsyuk at the blue line and goes in alone. Ryan Kesler vs Anaheim...Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV. As well, congratulations to Christina Aguilera for joining Bryan Adams in national anthem infamy and looking like a younger Cyndi Lauper in the process. As we turn our attention back to the Canucks and wait for puck drop in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, here are some reads to help pass the time: Daniel’s hot on Stamkos’ trail in the Art Ross trophy race. [Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province] Sammy’s back. [Ian Walker, Vancouver Sun] Sami’s getting there too. [Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province] Lee Sweatt’s staying in town. [Ian...Click here to read more.
[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 50 GP, 31-10-9, 71 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Alex Burrows is beginning to show signs of life. After a slow start – understandable considering he missed the first 10 games with a shoulder injury – he has 2 goals, 2 assists and a plus-4 rating in his last 3 games. As much as people like to say the Sedins make him better, Burr adds a lot to the first line....Click here to read more.
Watching the Manitoba Moose play the Abbotsford Heat this past weekend, I can’t help but think how far along the Canucks’ farm team has come in the last couple of years. To recap, the Moose played a pair of back-to-back, weekend games against the Heat. They lost the game 2-1 in the shootout on Friday night, and won 3-1 on Saturday night. In both nights, the Moose dictated the play and the Heat kept it close largely because of their goaltender, Leland Irving. Probably the most noticeable improvement is in the number of higher-level prospects on the team. This weekend,...Click here to read more.
[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.] You won’t receive a lot of argument here if you say that this preseason was relatively boring. With a stacked roster, the Canucks had few openings. And of the players fighting for those jobs, no one stood out more than the others. Still, some players managed to move themselves up or down the Canucks’ depth chart. Alex Bolduc and Guillaume Desbiens look...Click here to read more.
There was one particular moment at yesterday’s training camp session that probably best describes Lee Sweatt’s determination to make this team. During one of the drills, the forward (in this case Rick Rypien) was supposed to stop on the wing just inside the blue line and pass the puck back to the defenseman (Sweatt) joining the rush. Rypien’s pass was far behind Sweatt, the play was broken, and while Sweatt was skating off, he shot Rypien one of those “WTF was that” kinda looks. If looks could kill. With a revamped defense corps – a much deeper defense corps –...Click here to read more.
The CHB crew are up here in Penticton for Canucks training camp. The 58-man camp kicked off today and here are some things I noticed from day 1: Eddie Lack looked good. The 6’5″ goaltender is the tallest of those checking into camp and covered a lot of space in net. Given Cory Schneider is likely going to be Luongo’s back up, Lack looks poised to take that starter’s position with the Moose. Billy Sweatt (Canucks fans’ newest favourite Twitterer – follow him at @billysweatt) looked very good out there. He’s got great speed and seemed to always have the...Click here to read more.
We already had these two lovely twins: And now with the signing of Bill Sweatt we also have the Sweatt brothers signed! My secret wish is that we somehow end up with the Schenn brothers too. I realize this is incredibly unlikely. (Editor’s note: Unless the Sweatt brothers knock the Canucks’ staff off their socks in training camp, they will most likely start the year with the Manitoba Moose so the Canucks will have one set of brothers in the NHL and another in the AHL. – J.J.)Click here to read more.