Step 1: Draft hulking forward with average skating ability but flashes of offensive upside. Step 2: Thrust player into spotlight using unfair comparisons and unrealistic expectations. Step 3: Criticize said player’s slow development despite young age and minimal professional experience. Step 4: After a few years of disappointment, give player chance on second line or better because of a cavalcade of injuries. Step 5: Take credit for supposed 3-year plan when player succeeds. And so goes the tale of the power forward – a much sought after, but rare commodity in the modern era of the NHL. These types of players often take...Click here to read more.
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When a friend starring at his smartphone told me that the Canucks made a trade with the Florida Panthers, I could swear I saw a glitch in the Matrix. Seriously, this has happened so many times in recent years, it actually does give me some deja vu. The Vancouver-Florida connection continued this past Saturday with news that the Panthers had sent David Booth, Steve Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick in the 2013 draft (which is the same pick the Canucks sent to Florida at the deadline last year for Chris Higgins) in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm....Click here to read more.
Out of Town Notebook: Remembering Pat Burns, My Dad and Thoughts on Oilers Defense (or lack thereof)
[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Toronto Star My father’s only experience playing hockey was on outdoor rinks around Toronto, with Sears catalogues for shin pads. Yet, his lack of experience never stopped him from loving the game. Or specifically, the Toronto Maple Leafs. By the time I came around, it had been a long time since the Leafs had reciprocated his love. In fact, the first decade of my life (the 1980s) was spent suffering through one of the worst eras...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.
Team photo only place to see Lu’s sweater C (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks roll out confidence (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks look at talent, not contracts, in latest moves (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It’s all theory until season starts (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Luc Bourdon’s spirit lives on (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Night to celebrate Luc’s life (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Far, far away a village mourns (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Cold shoulder for naysayers (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Demitra ‘outshone’ superstar teammates (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Mason right at home on the range (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Vengeance...Click here to read more.
Canucks make it five in a row with win over Flames (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Hansen makes case to stick (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Kesler hails Hansen after two-goal night (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Demolition of Flames ‘a lot of fun’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) One way for Luongo to wear captain’s ‘C’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) You can’t spell captain without a C (Gary Mason, Globe and Mail) Gendur earns shot he wanted (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Captain in cage makes for curious choice (Randy Sportak, Calgary Sun) ‘Nucks GM takes road less travelled (Bruce Dowbiggin, Calgary Herald) Rypien...Click here to read more.