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.
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Photo credit: Bridget Samuels If Keith Ballard manages to play hero for the Vancouver Canucks in the coming months of battle for hockey’s greatest prize, then we might have a real conclusion to whether or not one of Mike Gillis’ big moves this past off-season was worth it. However, with Michael Grabner putting up 33 goals, the most by a rookie since Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin in ’06-07, and Mason Raymond struggling after a career year last year, it’s easy to see how some Canucks fans think the move was a bit of a flop. This is probably compounded by...Click here to read more.
[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] Give the Canucks credit for showing up to play this one. After a horrendous outing in Minnesota exposed their tired road legs, the excuses for a second consecutive poor performance were readymade. Instead, the Canucks vehemently defied the wishes of their bodies in Colorado, and kept up with the speedy...Click here to read more.
If we had to search for a positive in last night’s 4-3 OT loss to the Colorado Avalanche, we can look to the play of Sergei Shirokov and Chris Tanev. With the Canucks’ offense drying up a bit during this road trip, Shirokov played in his first NHL game this season, played on Ryan Kesler’s wing, put 6 shots on goal and scored his 1st career NHL goal. (It was a beaut too.) With Andrew Alberts and Aaron Rome injured, Tanev played in his first career NHL game and logged a relatively uneventful 12:49 minutes of ice-time, which is all...Click here to read more.
After a period of relative stability and good health, it looks like the Canucks are getting bit by the injury bug again. The Canucks lost Aaron Rome and Alex Bolduc to injuries against the Washington Capitals on Friday night; according to Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province), Rome is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks and Bolduc is expected to be out a bit longer than that. But also, the Canucks lost Andrew Alberts to a suspected shoulder injury during last night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild. Chris Tanev, who was recalled earlier as a seventh defenseman in Rome’s absence, may...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.
Last night I had the chance to watch the Moose play as they came to town to take on the Calgary Flames affiliate the Abbotsford Heat. One thing I was looking forward to seeing was Sergei Shirokov play. I was all over the kid in the pre-season, and foolish enough to think he was ready to play on the Canucks roster this season. Brian from Canucks Corner put me in my place, but after watching Shirokov play last night things make a little more sense. I like many others was wondering why players like Desbiens and Grabner were being called...Click here to read more.