Canucks TV discuss 'Moneyball'

Cam Charron
November 24 2011 02:06PM

I tuned into Sportsnet last night a few minutes before the game started and one of those Canucks TV segments was trolling along before the game. I don't typically watch those because there's usually nothing in my own specific interest that pops up, but I happened to tune in mentally because I saw Canucks assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman on-screen as host Barry MacDonald asked him a question about Moneyball. The full interview is up at Canucks.Com but I've quoted the relevant sections of the interview pertaining to the interest of this blog and its readers.

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The Canucks and Lebron, Together at Last

Thomas Drance
November 24 2011 12:01PM


There are some uncanny similarities between Lebron James, and the Vancouver Canucks. Both made the finals and lost this year, both Lebron and the Canucks (led by their goaltender Lebrongo) are reputed to be "choke artists" despite being really good at what they do, and both are almost universally reviled. Of course, there are also some key differences, like the fact that Lebron took his talents to South Beach, whereas the Canucks take talent out of South Beach - but that's a minor quibble with the overall applicability of this drawn out comparison...

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November 24 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
November 24 2011 11:50AM


The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.

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Vigneault's Franchise Mark In Context

Thomas Drance
November 24 2011 11:27AM

With last night's shutout road win over the Colorado Avalanche, Canucks head-coach Alain Vigneault moved into sole possession of the franchise's all-time head-coaching wins mark. But what does Vigneault's team record mean in the context of Canucks history, and where does he rank in the pantheon of the "best" all time Vancouver Canucks coaches?

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Should Gillis Always Draft One Goaltender?

Jeff Angus
November 24 2011 08:54AM

Joe Cannata is having a stellar season in the NCAA, but was he a good value pick at 179th overall?

Mike Gillis has made it a point to draft one goaltender each year since taking over the Canucks back in 2008. With so many late-blooming goaltenders making an impact at the NHL level in recent years (Niklas Backstrom, Antti Niemi, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Jonas Hiller, most notably), the question needs to be asked: is it worth using a draft pick on a goalie? The Canucks signed their top goaltending prospect, Eddie Lack, after he was passed over a few times at the draft. Projecting how a 17 or 18 year old goaltender will look at the NHL level in a few years is much harder than doing the same with a forward or defenseman.

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