Photo credit: Yahoo It’s been an angry month for the boys in blue. The struggling Canucks have tried to keep it together, but every once in a while the anger bubbles through and we see their frustrations manifested through some sort of outburst. It can be a John Tortorella “pecking” Jannik Hansen with his finger or a Kevin Bieksa challenging the ogre, Brian Boyle, to a meaningless post-game fight. These guys maintain a calm front and an air of professionalism, but it’s hard to believe they don’t want to break their 300$ sticks over the cross-bar from time to time. The Canucks are no stranger to emotion, with...Click here to read more.
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Photo credit: CTV Canuck goal-scoring leaders: Ryan Kesler- check. Daniel Sedin- check. Brad Richardson- che- whoa, wait a minute…..Brad Richardson? Can we really be reading this stat-line correctly? The answer is yes and while there’s no chance “Rocket Richardson” will be hitting the 50- goal mark, he’s been a pleasant surprise in the early-goings of the season. The Canucks will be needing goals from everyone more than ever with injuries popping up all over the forward squad. Fourth line goals have been hard to come by for the Canucks in recent years but every once in a while we bare...Click here to read more.
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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[Inspired by Arsenio Hall's "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…", Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay's Canucks Commentary.] I was at Rogers Arena last night as the Vancouver Canucks hosted the New York Rangers. With the tribute to Rick Rypien, the return of Ryan Kesler, and the newest Canuck Dale Weise facing his former team, it promised to be a memorable night. Unfortunately, with respect to the actual game, people will be remembering defensive breakdowns and seeing the Rangers win their first...Click here to read more.
Today’s quickies, a bunch of links, clips, news and other tidbits about the Vancouver Canucks. Photo credit: ESPN Remember the ribbing Ryan Kesler received after posing in his undies? I can only imagine what it’ll be like after his nude photoshoot for ESPN magazine. Yesterday, the Canucks placed Victor Oreskovich on waivers and claimed Dale Weise from the Rangers. Is Weise an upgrade over Oreo? In a tweet, Darren Dreger was complimentary of Weise’s skill set. And according to Pierre Lebrun, the Canucks were trying to trade for him last year. Weise is scheduled to line up next to Maxim...Click here to read more.
As sports fans in general (and hockey fans in particular) continue to mourn the tragic plane crash in Russia that claimed 43 lives (including players and coaches from the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL team), many people have named the summer of 2011 as the worst-ever in the history of hockey. And when you consider the sudden deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak (all within the last four months), it’s hard to disagree. This latest tragedy affects different people across the world for various reasons. Canucks fans are fondly remembering Pavol Demitra, who played here for two seasons and...Click here to read more.
I found this video this morning – a compilation of some of Rick Rypien’s great moments: I’ll always remember the fights against Zach Stortini, Hal Gill and Brandon Prust, and that shift he had against the Chicago Blackhawks when he had, like, 4 hits in a matter of seconds. He truly was, pound-for-pound, the best fighter in the NHL. ***** For anyone interested, some fans are holding a memorial outside Rogers Arena on Wednesday, August 17 at 2:00 PM. The link to the Facebook event is here.Click here to read more.
It was back in December that Rick Rypien was given a personal leave of absence to deal with his demons. For a while, it seemed as though he was on the right track to recovery. He joined the Manitoba Moose for the AHL playoffs and then signed with the Winnipeg Jets early in July. It goes without saying that the news of his passing today – as tweeted by James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail – is an utter shock to his family, friends and fans. Police confirm former Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in...Click here to read more.