What did the Vancouver Canucks ever do to you, Alabama?

Dimitri Filipovic
August 04 2014 04:08PM

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A census in 2013 estimated that 4,822,023 people resided in the southern state of Alabama at the time. In a far less scientific and likewise accurate study (*), those near-5,000,000 individuals appear to hate the Vancouver Canucks more than any other team in the National Hockey League. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 01 2014 08:05AM

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Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz' future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week's roundup

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Should the Canucks be in on the Kevin Hayes Sweepstakes?

Josh W
July 30 2014 01:37PM

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I wouldn’t normally dedicate an entire post on this platform to a prospect that has no real tangible connections to the Vancouver Canucks franchise, but there have been (substantiated) rumblings that former Chicago Blackhawks draft pick and NCAA star Kevin Hayes is going to become an unrestricted free agent after the August 15th deadline passes. 

Given how popular his name has been over the past month or so as the date approaches, and the fact that it's late-July and news is sparse around these parts these days, why not spend some time looking at the situation more closely?

To learn more about Kevin Hayes read on past the jump.

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Trevor Linden on fighting in hockey, the use of analytics, and all sorts of other nuggets

Dimitri Filipovic
July 29 2014 06:55PM

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As part of the Team 1040's 'President's Week', Trevor Linden joined Matt Sekeres as a co-host this afternoon with Friend of the Blog Blake Price out of commission. This wasn't your typical radio spot that only serves the purpose of being a filler, either. 

In the two hours or so that the show ran, quite a few different topics - really hitting all the points on the spectrum - came up and were discussed in some detail. Linden gave his thoughts on the team's expectations for their young players heading into training camp, how the franchise plans to potentially honour Gino Odjick sooner rather than later, the usage of analytics in hockey, and some surprisingly choice words on fighting. On a more light-hearted note, he also addressed the strange marketing ploy that took his Twitter account by storm last week.

More on all of it just past the jump.

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Presidents' Trophy banners fly forever

Thomas Drance
July 28 2014 12:40PM

The Vancouver Canucks' new management team seems content with what they've accomplished so far this offseason, based on how they've operated over the past three weeks. Since locking up arbitration eligible defenseman Chris Tanev in early July, the club has been content to lock up 2014 first-round draft selections Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann to entry-level contracts and take care of the housekeeping in Utica (with deals for guys like Brandon DeFazio). The Canucks roster as it stands, is the one we'll see on the ice to start next season.

On the surface its been an offseason of upheaval, punctuated by a new president, a new general manager, a new coach, a new friendly but decisive style of operating, a new franchise villain, a new oft-criticized star goaltender, and a handful of new players - none of them, really, top-of-the-lineup pieces (Radim Vrbata, aside). Looking a bit deeper though, at least in terms of the organization's posture heading into next season and the into future, the changes seem cosmetic.

In the big picture, what's the difference between the 'reset' of the summer of 2013 and the 'retool and reenergize' of the past six weeks? Cap space and decisive action. Aside from that, the goals of the franchise and the identity of the core is unchanged. 

Let's unpack this a bit further after the jump.

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