August 23 2010 02:32PM
Sergei, it's time to step your game up.
A report out of Russia today indicates that Sergei Shirokov has his eyes set on making the NHL this year as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. From Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter, "#Canucks' Shirokov tells SovSport he is focused on breaking into the NHL with Vancouver; didn't consider KHL offers this summer.".
So... do I think Sergei Shirokov has a shot at making the Vancouver Canucks this year? Well...
August 19 2010 11:09AM
Ah, the wonders of the internet. And family.
When Dan Hamhuis signed in Vancouver, Canucks fans were buzzing with excitement all over the web. When my cousin Simone found out, she remembered an article she wrote about the Smithers native and the interview she had with him when he was just a wee lad. After pulling some strings through the Bulkley Valley Museum (thanks!) and getting some e-mail addresses sorted out, she sent me a copy of the article and I've reproduced here for Canucks Army.
Enjoy. And huge thanks to my cousin, Simone Blais and the Bulkley Valley Museum.
August 18 2010 02:22PM
Ryan Kesler is the cover athlete for the new NHL 2K11 game. This strikes me as interesting.
At first, I didn’t really get it. Video games are by their very nature all about creating a flashiness and hyperbole that isn’t quite captured by the reality they are meant to represent. There are loads of things about real hockey that are glossed over, and turned glossy, when it comes to their video game depiction. It is fitting, after all, that the last four cover athletes on NHL 2K are Thornton, Spezza, Nash and Ovechkin – appropriate symbols, it seems to me, for just that kind of gloss.
August 18 2010 01:57PM
Mike Gillis has been plenty busy this summer, honing in on Keith Ballard during the first night of the draft and delivering a hometown discount (however slight) for Dan Hamhuis once the clock struck noon on July 1st.
One signing that went under the radar - but not before inviting some immediate scrutiny - was the three-year, $7.5 million dollar deal for 30-year-old Manny Malhotra. Some were quick to wave a nagging finger at the deal, including Pierre McGuire who kindly took it upon himself to suddenly become Cody Hodgson's agent. Others questioned why Malhotra was a better choice over similar forwards, particularly at a reduced cap hit and one that wouldn't muddy the waters of the bottom six where there are plenty of existing options (like Hodgson, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, Tanner Glass and the newly acquired Joel Perrault and Victor Oreskovich to name a handful).
Make no mistake: not only was Manny Malhotra a smart signing, it was necessary and one that will make the Canucks immediately better in several of their weaker areas.
August 16 2010 02:57PM
(**psst - I'm back!**) As rumours continue to swirl about the immediate future of WIllie Mitchell, it seems the fleeting optimism about Mitchell's return to Vancouver may be somewhat premature.