July 16 2013 12:25PM
Last week in this space, Jeff Angus broke down the current forward crop. Obviously it’s early, and he said as much, but something caught my eye when he drew up the potential top-six:
LINE 1: SEDIN-SEDIN-KASSIAN … LINE 2: HIGGINS-KESLER-BURROWS
Putting Zack Kassian with the Sedins rather than Alex Burrows is a pretty major change. After all, Burrows played over 400 even strength minutes with the twins this past season while Kassian played just north of 100.
I wanted to take a look and see how this may impact the top two lines if Angus’ intuition is correct.
July 13 2013 11:50AM
There's been some discussion on Twitter—and a lot of confusion—over why Ilya Kovalchuk's cap recapture penalty for the New Jersey Devils is so low in the wake of his surprise retirements while Roberto Luongo's would be pretty high.
The problem with the confusion surrounding the recapture process is that it's been tagged as a "penalty". There was a good post by Tom Tango a couple of days ago about how salary recapture isn't necessarily a penalty, it's just paying out salary cap savings from a previous date.
July 11 2013 12:47PM
Ryan McDonagh, who flourished under John Tortorella - WikiCommons
The Canucks still possess a solid team, especially on the back end. There is a lot of negativity surrounding the team right now though. The Canucks were swept in round one, they fired head coach Alain Vigneault this summer, and the inaction from the front office has removed a lot of the optimism that was once ever-present surrounding this team.
Much to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Canucks bought out defenseman Keith Ballard last week. And to the surprise of a few, they shopped Alex Edler at the draft. Moving Edler would have taken a very, very nice return, and I think the team just wanted to get a feel for the trade market.
Assuming the team goes forth with the defensive group they have now, how are things shaping up for this coming season?
July 10 2013 09:12AM
It's summer time and that means the hockey news cycle is light. It also means it's time to wear t-shirts, the perfect summer garment. Simply put the summer tee has never been improved upon as a piece of warm weather clothing since time immemorial. And that's despite American Apparel's efforts to "innovate" with things like a v-neck collar so deep it shows off your dick...
And wouldn't you know it, we have some pretty sweet CanucksArmy Gear T-Shirts for sale featuring The Stanchion's limited edition "It's a Riot" Design (as voted on by our readers). But they're only available until Friday, then the t-shirts will go away forever, and you'll be left wearing out of style plaid and flop sweating like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News all summer long.
Still not convinced? Need to hear a hard sell first? Okay. Read past the jump.
July 09 2013 12:02PM
Zack Kassian - Wikimedia Commons
The dog days of summer won’t set in for a few more weeks, but the craziness of the past few weeks (heck, since January) has finally started to slow down. We will be rolling out a lot of prospect content in the coming weeks, too. The Canucks have had a pretty bare prospect cupboard since… ever, but thanks to the Cory Schneider trade and a highly-touted prospect falling into their lap, the future looks a bit brighter.
But how about the present? Let's take a look at some potential line combinations for opening night.