November 28 2016 01:39PM
Alright folks, the AM radio talk show voice of Canucks Army is back, and continues to assimilate himself into every facet of the organization.
This week, I've taken over the mailbag from an under-the-weather Joseph Dylan Burke. He'll be back next week but for now you're stuck with me. Let's have at 'er.
November 25 2016 10:01PM
As far as losses go, this one wasn't so bad. The Canucks went toe-to-toe with one of the best offensive teams in the league and were more or less able to match their intensity for the majority of the game. They came away from tonight's game with the lead in shots and scoring chances. Unfortunately, "close enough" rarely is, and the Canucks fell to 8-11-2.
November 23 2016 05:00PM
The Canucks have struggled to put the puck in the net all year. In spite of their recent offensive resurgence, the Canucks are still ranked 28th in goals-per-game.
Reports have been surfacing since before the offseason that Canucks GM Jim Benning is looking to add a 20-goal scorer. Bob McKenzie recently threw cold water on the idea that Evander Kane might return home, but one can assume the Canucks aren't done looking, so this week's question is: what would you be willing to give up in a trade for a goal-scorer? Who would you target? Or do you think the Canucks ought to just stand pat with what they have?
Try to be realistic. You aren't going to get Auston Matthews in return for Erik Gudbranson.
November 18 2016 12:50AM
The Canucks looked like two different teams tonight. Through the first half of the game, they looked sluggish and timid, giving up the middle far too often and looking permissive through the neutral zone. In the second half, however, they were as good as we've seen them this season, and they were able to come away with the 3-2 win in OT.
Astonishingly, the Canucks have seven wins, and have led for just 31 minutes at even strength over the entire season. What a time to be alive.
November 16 2016 02:19PM
The Canucks are off to their worst offensive start in franchise history. They aren't just awful, they're historically awful.
of those 18 teams, 5 of them were seasons by the Washington Capitals right after expansion (74-75, 75-76, 77-78, 78-79, 81-82)...— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) November 11, 2016
After the team's loss to Detroit, the Canucks became just the 17th post-expansion-era team to register two or fewer regulation wins in their first fifteen games. The list of other teams that have managed that feat is a veritable murderer's row of the truly inept, featuring multiple appearances by the Ballard-era Leafs and post-expansion Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. The last team to start their season this poorly was the 2005-06 St. Louis Blues, who finished the season with 57 points.
Suddenly the predictions by USA Today and EA Sports don't look so ridiculous.