As we wind down the 2011-12 NHL season, it’s only fitting to take a moment and pay our respects to the “dearly departed” – those teams we know will be golfing in a couple of weeks. Here now is a quick look at each of the teams looking ahead to 2012-13 already, in reverse order of today’s standings. Columbus Blue Jackets What went wrong: Pretty much everything. James Wisniewski’s 8-game suspension crippled the team out of the gate. Coach Scott Arniel tried switching his team’s approach from an aggressive to conservative style mid-season, but the results were too poor to save...Click here to read more.
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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.
Before I go praising the Canucks through every high hill and low dale, I have to give credit where credit is due and that’s to the St. Louis Blues. They played a fantastic series, they were young, inexperienced, and they gave us a heck of a run for our money. The 4-0 series sweep was no indication of how close the series was and even in the last game, they were down, they got up, they tied it, and they took us late into OT before they finally fell to their final playoff loss of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. So...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.
Canucks reaching into broom closet (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) No Sundin, no problem (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks tighten grip on Blues (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Sundin injury a reminder Canucks should sweep Blues away (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Is a nagging hip injury bothering Sundin (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks’ special teams coming together at perfect time (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks vault to 3-0 series lead (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Blues fading to black (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Blues reverting to early season form at worst time (Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Blues must play statement game...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.
Luongo feels ‘great’, takes shots at practice (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo a big step closer to returning (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Bullish on Sundin (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Talent to burn, room to learn (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Johnson just can’t wait to get a handle on nagging finger injury (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Blues found a gem in Sweden’s Patrik Berglund (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) More help on the way for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
After a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers last night in which he had 3 points, Alex Burrows does the best job of summing up the effect of Mats Sundin’s addition to the Vancouver Canucks lineup (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun): “We didn’t see their top four defencemen all night,” Burrows explained of the Oiler matchups. “We saw a lot of their third pairing, so obviously that’s going to open up ice for us. I think everybody will be benefit from him.” Kyle Wellwood also added: “I was talking to Henrik and Daniel before the game, telling them the other team’s...Click here to read more.