[The Vancouver Canucks enter this season facing more questions than they have in recent years. In this preseason series, we'll try and answer a few of them.] Photo credit: PNG It’s hard to believe that training camp is upon us, and the Canucks take to the ice in a preseason tilt against the San Jose Sharks only a week from now. Much has happened since the Canucks got swept by those same Sharks a short four months ago. GM Mike Gillis fired coaches Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown. He hired John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan and former Stars head...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.com Since Mike Gillis took over as Canucks GM, there has been a lot of talk about pouring more resources into scouting and player development. After two off-seasons now, it’s easy to see the positive impacts this has had in the system. I don’t think it’s a secret that Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner disappointed this preseason, but looking at the bigger picture, we’ve now found out that the organization is deep enough that the team doesn’t have to rush them into the big leagues. They can afford to keep guys like Jordan Schroeder (NCAA), Anton Rodin (Sweden)...Click here to read more.
Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner get another chance to impress the Canucks’ brass. Sergei Shirokov returns to the lineup. Which one of them will still be with the team come October 1st? Live Blogging the Pre-Season: Canucks vs FlamesClick here to read more.
Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.Click here to read more.
After a so-so performance on Monday night, Cody Hodgson will get another chance tonight to prove he belongs in the bigs. He’ll line up with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows in what will, in effect, be the Canucks’ top line. Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun) has the rest of the lineup here. Liveblogging the preseason: Canucks vs. SharksClick here to read more.
Firstly, we received a few comments during the last couple of games that the livestream for the game wasn’t working properly. The Canucks have since advised us that the NHL has resolved the issues. If you want to watch the online stream of tonight’s game, you can go to: http://canucks.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=46716. Second, here is the Canucks’ anticipated lineup for tonight’s game (via Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun): Mikael Samulesson – Cody Hodgson – Alex Bolduc Darcy Hordichuk – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen Michael Grabner – Dave Scatchard – Mark Parrish Tanner Glass – Ryan Johnson – Matt Pope The following defensemen...Click here to read more.
Hat-tip to Nucks Misconduct for tonight’s lineup: Vancouver Canucks Mason Raymond – Ryan Kesler – Mikael Samuelsson Tanner Glass – Kyle Wellwood – Steve Bernier Darcy Hordichuck – Ryan Johnson – Matt Pope (currently blank) – Alexandre Bolduc – Michael Grabner Alexander Edler – Sami Salo Nathan McIver – Kevin Bieksa Brad Lukowich – Evan Oberg Aaron Rome Roberto Luongo – Cory Schneider Anaheim Ducks Josh Brittain – Saku Koivu – Corey Perry Kyle Calder – Andrew Ebbett – Teemu Selanne Ryan Donally -Todd Marchant – George Parros Matt McCue – Logan McMillan – Shawn Weller Scott Niedermayer – Matt...Click here to read more.
Some of you know him from the VanCan Outta The Blue podcasts. In this part of the Canucks blogosphere, he’s simply Josh Hall. Josh is a current contributor to Canucks Corner. Here, he previews tonight’s preseason match-up against the Anaheim Ducks.Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Canucks Fanzone In partnership with the Vancouver Canucks, the members of the Canucks Fan Zone – that would Richard, Alix and I, and Brian, Rebecca, John, Dave, Sean and Mike and other Canucks bloggers – are hosting the first-ever Official Canucks Tweetup. If you want to watch tomorrow night’s preseason game vs. the Anaheim Ducks with your fellow Canucks fans and debate Bure vs. Mogilny vs. Shirokov, Linden vs. Hodgson, or Raycroft vs. Schneider, come by The Hurricane Grill in Yaletown. The game starts at 7:00 PM but we’ll be there before that, hoping to meet some of...Click here to read more.