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Tom Wakefield gives his take on who should win some of the key NHL awards and takes a look at other issues around the league.Click here to read more.
[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: Barry Melrose Rocks Between the Zdeno Chara hit, the Phoenix Coyotes drama and the ongoing hits-to-the-head debate, it’s been a bad week for the NHL. Might as well pile on: Scoring is down from last year, to 5.6 goals per game. The first season after the lockout, the average goals per game was 6.17. This season will likely feature the fewest number of 100-point scorers, and fewest number of 50-goal scorers, since the lockout. Analyzing numbers...Click here to read more.
[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] In honour of Katy Perry’s recent “cleavage-gate” on Sesame Street, let’s play a game of “One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong Here.” The Chicago Blackhawks. The New York Islanders. The Dallas Stars. The Pittsburgh Penguins. Behold the top four teams in NHL standings. Which one doesn’t belong? If you guessed the New York Islanders, you’d be wrong. Sure they’re probably not a playoff team, but their youngsters have taken a step forward and coach Scott Gordon has...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Vancouver Sun It’s probably not a coincidence that, on the same day Willie Mitchell signed with the Los Angeles Kings, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) had a piece on the increasing possibility of Kevin Bieksa staying with the Vancouver Canucks (more on that thought in a separate post later). On some level, I think most of us knew (and Mike Gillis as well) that there was a market for Mitchell – concussion history be damned – and unless he was willing to leave a lot of money on the table, the chance of him re-signing with the Canucks was...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Mitchell’s off to the LA Kings and I can honestly say the first thing I thought when I read about that was “I hope he has a long career and plays out longer than the two years the LA Kings gave him”. When looking at him after the Malkin hit and seeing the state he was in when he first emerged to the media in the post season I felt sorry for him. Not because he looked terrible, not so much because I was worried he’d never play in the NHL again, but more so because...Click here to read more.
There are reports out there that Willie Mitchell, who is still looking for a contract for the upcoming season, has already worked out for the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, and is supposed to be working out with the Washington Capitals as we speak. There are also reports that the Kings are ready to offer (or have already offered) him a two-year deal, but Willie, a good ol’ BC boy, is hoping to stay in Vancouver and is waiting to see Mike Gillis’ offer first. The rumored two-year term may be the key to Willie’s future....Click here to read more.
Hidey ho folks! It’s bee a long, long time since you last saw me grace these pages. Much has happened since. The Blackhawks apparently won the Stanley Cup – I refuse to believe it happened. And I noticed that the design changed some – apparently we all like Shane O’Brien (it’s not like, but love with me.. love to hate him). Anyhoo, lets talk about what I stopped by for – Willie Mitchell’s role with the Canucks. Now before you run me out of town, I completely understand that he’s an unrestricted free agent who is (depending on which reports...Click here to read more.
– Smorgasbords are Swedish! Some Canucks are Swedish. Alix was having trouble thinking of a title. – Well, I had my normal 24 hours of hating every single member of the Canucks on ice and off ice organization after Tuesday’s loss. I called them words my ma would wash my mouth out with soap for using. But I moved on pretty quick. I’m becoming an old grizzled Canucks fan, ya know? Sure, I’m still madly in love but this ousting did not shock me. Expect the worst hope for the best? I will eventually have that tattooed on my person...Click here to read more.
Willie Mitchell talked to the media today, the first time he has done so since Evgeni Malkin rammed him into the boards, gave him a concussion and finished his season. You’ll notice just after the six-minute mark, Willie starts ripping into Colin Campbell: I’m not happy with the hit I took. We’re taught from a young age that you don’t hit from behind and I had my numbers facing a player and in a dangerous zone, in a dangerous spot, and he hit me. More than that, I’m disappointed in the league. I’m disappointed in Colin Campbell. Disappointed that he...Click here to read more.