February 11 2017 05:39PM
Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA TODAY Sports
A few months ago, The Guardian published a story on the "ugly friend effect": the phenomenon wherein a person's attractive features are augmented when in close proximity to people who aren't considered traditionally attractive. It's superficial, callous and unkind, but it's real, at least according to a recent study.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Canucks' 2016-17 defence corps. It's not pretty, but it looks better by comparison. You can thank Matt Bartkowski, and the relatively uninspiring play of the Canucks' forwards this season.
February 09 2017 09:26PM
Time and time again, your 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks have played in a manner that allows people with varying opinions to fill their boots with their narratives. Tonight was no different, as some of the Canucks' most maligned acquisitions combined for three goals, en route to a shutout victory over one of the league's strongest teams. They also did so in a manner that can't exactly be called "sustainable" over the long haul, with Ryan Miller bailing them out on multiple occasions.
But, let's give credit where credit is due. The Sedins gave us a vintage performance, the powerplay got going, and Ryan Miller was full value in tonight's win as the Canucks inched within 5 points of the second wildcard spot.
February 08 2017 09:00AM
Now that Ben Hutton is back in the saddle, the Canucks have plenty of warm bodies on the back end. It's for that reason that Vancouver's latest whipping boy, Philip Larsen, came out of the lineup last night. Larsen struggled since returning from injury, but there's reason to believe he's got more to offer. The team also gave up an asset to land the young defender, and could use for Larsen to make good on that investment.
So, do you think Larsen deserves another shot? Would you let him play through his struggles, or sit him in favour of someone else? If you want him in the lineup, who comes out in his stead?
February 02 2017 11:09PM
If the Canucks embark on a long cold streak, remember tonight's game. When the Canucks lost their first game of the season against Anaheim, I wrote that we might look back and say in hindsight that that was when the wheels finally came off the wagon. In a sense, I was correct, as the Canucks were on the verge of losing nine in a row.
Of course, they also came back and went on a tear in December and January, and now find themselves hanging in there with the playoff-bound teams in the western conference. Tonight, however, much like that other game in California, could be a harbinger of bad things to come. The Canucks schedule is going to be hell for the better part of the next two months, and the Canucks can't expect to win many games if they're consistently out-gunned in the manner they were tonight.
February 02 2017 10:00AM
Now that we've ranked the top 20 prospects in the Canucks' system, we've just got a couple more things to do before we get to the final lists. Today, we'll dive into some of the players that just missed the cut.
Before we get into it, here's a quick review of the criteria:
- The player must be 25 years or younger, and
- The player must be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season.
As a result, players that are considered to be "graduated" to the NHL (Brendan Gaunce, Nikita Tryamkin, Jake Virtanen, Anton Rodin) are not eligible.