November 28 2015 06:16PM
Whether you like it or not, the Vancouver Canucks are committed to Ryan Miller until the end of eternity. Or, you know, until the end of next season. It feels like the same thing whenever you pay a non-elite goaltender $6 million in 2015; but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter very much if they win games.
That's the issue, though; Miller's 0.913 puts him close enough to the league average to declare margin of error. Which would be okay, if it wasn't for the fact that goalies that have been percieved to be "worse" by the numbers weren't getting it done better than him. Take a look at this:
Alain Vigneault is the ultimate Canucks fan: criticizes referees, bashes Marchand and still isn't over 2011
November 28 2015 11:23AM
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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, formerly the best and most successful coach in Vancouver Canucks franchise history bar none, doesn't seem to have completely exorcised the ghosts from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
In the wake of his team's controversial loss in Boston on Friday afternoon, the Rangers bench boss has invoked the memory of 2011 often and unintentionally. He's also been critical of the NHL's officiating standards and the Department of Player Safety. And he's taken some amusing shots at Brad 'persona non grata' Marchand. The evidence is mounting that perhaps Vigneault is still a Canuck at heart.
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November 28 2015 10:00AM
It's not supposed to work this way, ladies and gents. At a certain age, players are supposed to decline, not mature like a fine wine. Alas, nobody has informed Daniel and Henrik Sedin of this fact, as the two continue to play some of the best hockey of their career at the age of 35. Daniel has been particularly impressive, putting up eleven goals and sixteen assists in 24 games.
But where does the madness end? How many pucks can number twenty-two throw in the back of the net before April ends? The roundtable gives their thoughts below.
November 27 2015 10:09PM
If you're looking to measure team speed, there's no better stick with which to do it than the Dallas Stars. Having placed as much emphasis on improving that wrinkle to their game as the Canucks this off-season, it's a storyline worth following.
Much is made of the Flames ability to squash the Canucks breakout with their speed last post-season, but the trail of breadcrumbs leads with their contest against the Stars weeks prior. Honestly, you'd have a hard time convincing a newcomer to the sport they were playing the same game.
Results aside, the Canucks look to be gaining ground - figuratively and literally. Their breakout has legs and with a little luck, this game could have definitely gone the way of Vancouver. Unfortunately it didn't, but I find some small solace in the Canucks escaping 3-on-3 overtime in one piece.
Catch up on the other side of the jump, as we break down the Canucks 3-2 SO loss in Dallas.
November 27 2015 03:00PM
For the better part of this season, the Sedins have skated alongside Jannik Hansen. Empirically speaking, the clumsy Dane offers the Canucks the best bet to maximize their return on the Twins and the evidence suggested as much well before they caught fire most recently.
This has left the estranged Radim Vrbata a refugee in the Canucks middle-six. To his credit, the Czech volume shooter has been highly effective in the face of unimaginably poor luck. Similar to Vrbata's displacement from the top line last season, it's also added much-needed scoring punch throughout the remainder of the Canucks lineup.
Given the Canucks publicly ascribed goal of remaining competitive in the face of a daunting rebuild, there's no arguing the logic behind separating Vrbata from the Twins. There's a flip side to this decision, though, which could potentially lead to unwanted consequences in the not-so-distant future.