Chris Higgins and the Art of the (Penalty) Kill

Jeff Angus
April 11 2013 10:06AM

Chris Higgins is a very good hockey player. We have seen him thrive as a Canuck since coming over at the 2011 trade deadline, and the team rewarded his strong play with a $10 million contract extension last week. Higgins is currently out with an injury (somewhere on his lower body we have been told), which should keep him out of the lineup for an undetermined period of time. How's that for a report?

He is the type of player who can have no shots on goal, no goals, and no assists, and still have a strong game. Don't get me wrong, for $2.5 million per season (starting next year), the Canuck are hoping/expecting 15-20 goals a season. But Higgins does all of the "little things" at such an elite level, that he makes life a lot easier for his linemates and teammates.

Against the Oilers last week, his ability to excel at said "little things" was on full display.

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Looking Ahead to the Postseason: Forward Deployment

Jeff Angus
April 08 2013 10:10AM

How will Alain Vigneault deploy his forwards in the postseason? Assuming Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Derek Roy, and Max Lapierre are all healthy, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect Lapierre to bear the brunt of the heavy lifting (from a defensive zone start perspective), while the Roy line (with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen) would be another defensive/two-way line to lean on.

Roy isn't as strong at faceoffs as either Kesler or Sedin, and this also assumes that Zack Kassian is able to contribute on a line with Kesler (which may be a stretch).

Let's look a little further at this, shall we?

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Post-Deadline: How Do the Canucks Look?

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 04:04PM


Derek Roy, courtesy of the @VanCanucks Twitter account

The dust has settled on a rather eventul trade deadline (more for what didn't happen than what did). The Canucks made a great move bringing Derek Roy over from Dallas yesterday, but they didn't follow that up with anything today. It wasn't for a lack of trying, as Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman were working the phones all morning.

Drance offered a great post-deadline take on the Luongo situation (which continues on, much to the chagrin of every single person involved), so I'll take stock of the rest of the team, as well as the rest of the Western Conference.

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Zack Kassian was Reportedly Demoted for Disciplinary Reasons

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 10:32AM

 

The Canucks re-assigned rugged winger Zack Kassian to the AHL a few days ago. Officially, it was a standard re-assignment but it was widely seen as an unofficial "conditioning stint" since Kassian has missed some time over the past few weeks with a nagging lower back injury.

However, it now appears that there may have been disiplinary reasons that factored into Kassian's demotion. Read on past the jump.

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Pavel Bure Coming to Vancouver to work with Canucks Charities. First step towards retiring #10?

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 09:48AM

 

According to Global TV's Squire Barnes, Pavel Bure will be coming to Vancouver this week to help out with some charity work for the team. Is this the first step in the jersey retirement process?

Among Canuck fans, Bure's jersey retirement has been building momentum over the last few years. However, there are still some in the media (and within the organizaton, and at this blog) that don't feel his #10 should hang from the rafters.

More on the latest news after the jump.

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