[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and answers them in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] In this week’s edition of “Ask Katie about the Canucks”, Katie Maximick responds to your questions on player surprises and lineup changes, and looks ahead to the playoffs. (We know it’s only November, but hey, we’re allowed to get overexcited sometimes.) Kayli (@KayliDiebel93) asks: Who is your favourite current Canucks player? Katie: I would have to say, like 90% of Canucks fans right now, Manny Malhotra. He’s a beast. Amazing...Click here to read more.
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In this early season, there’s no doubt in my mind that Raffi Torres is quickly emerging as the Canucks’ feel-good story of the year. Following a hat trick against his old team, Edmonton Oilers, on Tuesday night, ‘El Torro’ scored another goal in last night’s 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche. He now has 7 goals in the Canucks’ first 12 games, second only to Daniel Sedin’s 8. He’s on pace to score 48 goals, and while the chances of that actually happening are about as slim as Kyle Wellwood passing on a Big Tasty, it’s still pretty impressive. (Yes,...Click here to read more.
Finally the offence really shined. Hank and Danny got on the score sheet again but so did almost everyone else! Bellini looked confident playing with the Sedins and scored a goal. Manny Malhotra scored 2 goals and had an assist (bad ass). Jannik Hansen had 2 assists and was noticeable every time he was on the ice. The 2nd line finally gelled and had a goal and an assist. Even Andrew Alberts and Cory Schneider had a point! Alex Edler and Christian Ehrhoff were very solid. Ehrhoff was a +5! And he didn’t have one point! He’s not called the...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.] Shortly after the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the second round of last year’s playoffs, Mike Gillis said: “Experience is a major factor,” he said. “We have very few guys that have gone far into the playoffs. “You need experienced players who have been there, who don’t deviate from the game plan when the pressure is on, and who continue to be...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.] At the Canucks’ training camp in Penticton, coach Alain Vigneault had this to say about Raffi Torres: I’m not interested in what has happened to him in the past. He’s got a clean slate and he’s got to have the work ethic we’re looking for and so far that’s what I’ve seen. For all intents and purposes, we’ll assume here that he’s...Click here to read more.
Only a week-and-a-half before the start of the regular season and the Canucks announce new roster cuts, Cody Hodgson keeps his linemates for at least one more game, Sergei Shirokov has a new training plan, Roberto Luongo has a sore groin, Keith Ballard has a new hip, and Raffi Torres has a new lease on life. Mario Bliznak, Prab Rai, Jordan Schroeder, Aaron Volpatti, Nolan Baumgartner, Kevin Connauton, Evan Oberg, Travis Ramsey, Chris Tanev and Sean Zimmerman are all Manitoba Moose-bound. Cody Hodgson to play on Ryan Kesler’s and Mason Raymond’s wing again. Sergei Shirokov apparently reported to camp out...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.
One of the things the Canucks have lacked in recent years has been size. Now entering his third season with the team, Gillis has groomed a team of finesse and skill players but this off-season he took steps towards addressing the size issue as well. Last year, Gillis built a team that was good enough to win the Northwest Division title, but in the NHL’s second season, they found out that they just weren’t big enough to compete with the likes of Blackhawks. (Yeah I said it.) Things have changed a little bit this off season. Goodbye Kyle Wellwood (5’10”,...Click here to read more.
Mike Gillis addressed another need yesterday by signing left-winger Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1 million contract. Torres boosts the Canucks’ bottom-six and adds some sandpaper and grit to the lineup. From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): Torres brings things to the table the Canucks are woefully lacking in. He brings size/muscle/sandpaper. He will forecheck, be a net presence and score garbage goals. His seven power play goals last year with Columbus are more than Steve Bernier managed during his entire Canucks career. It’s also more than Kyle Wellwood and Bernier had last year combined. Torres can move up to the...Click here to read more.
The only thing I remember about Raffi Torres is he was absolutely dismal after being traded to Buffalo. Also, he’s generally a minus player and is easily injured. But he did put up decent points in Edmonton and Columbus and he’s not expensive so I guess it’s alright. I wouldn’t want to meet that guy in a dark alley. The dude is scary looking. I suppose that’s what you want on your hockey team though, right? You want a guy that will scare Patrick Kane right out of his limo, right?Click here to read more.