October 03 2013 11:14PM
Back to the drawing board for Tortorella after this one, no doubt. (Image via James Guillory )
It had been 149 days since the Vancouver Canucks last played a meaningful game heading into Thursday night's regular season opener against the San Jose Sharks. As you're all aware of, that game took place in the same building as this one, and I'm sure many a Canucks fan was still dealing with the trauma brought on by the Sharks' prolific power play back in May.
Well, it was a similar result this time around as the Canucks fell to the Sharks by a score of 4-1, but they did so in a different manner; San Jose had 8 power play opportunities, including a 2-minute 5-on-3, and failed to register a single goal. Yet they still managed to handle the Canucks with relative ease.
So what went wrong on Thursday night? Here's a hint: more things went wrong than right. Read on past the jump for some quick thoughts.
October 03 2013 02:12PM
image via sharks.nhl.com
Some time ago, in April (was it April? The first round of the playoffs is usually in April. Maybe it was May?) the Vancouver Canucks were swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by an underdog team known as the San Jose Sharks.
Since then, the Canucks have made significant changes, including ditching the old coach, hiring a new one, and shaking up the bottom six (a figurative shake-up, like when you've left orange juice in the fridge too long and all the pulp seeps down to the bottle of the pitcher. You shake it to even out the pulp but it doesn't really change the overall composition of the components of the pitcher) and sacrificing a bull to Apollo, the Greek God of healing and medicine, in hopes that the top six will stay healthy throughout the season.
The Sharks, meanwhile, ditched the shoulder yokes and tail stripes on their jerseys, as pictured above. Aesthetically, they'll look more different than the Canucks.
October 02 2013 03:32PM
Ok, NHL, it's time we had the talk.
No, not THAT talk, although it is about clearing up some myths about protection.
No, it's time we had a talk about the role of fighting and violence in hockey. As in, why is there one?
October 02 2013 11:46AM
The Canucks' third-line centre spot is notably bare. As Thom noted on Twitter, there are a lot of players that fit the third-line centre role very well in expiring deals. While I haven't checked to see exactly who these players are, a couple of names that come to mind are Jay McClement and Tom Pyatt, reasonable players that could fit a third-line role effectively.
This is all in sort of this attempt to recreate the Manny Malhotra Ideal. Malhotra had an excellent 2011 season and the only time Mike Gillis has made a move at the deadline is to upgrade his team's primary defensive centreman, in 2012 with Samme Pahlsson and again in 2013 with Derek Roy.
I think there's a misconception as to what Malhotra did in 2011.
October 01 2013 10:55AM
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