Morning Headshots: April 1st

J.D. Burke
April 01 2014 10:36AM

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It 'twas the early morning of the Canucks Army Rally and not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, blah blah blah. Sugar plums and all that jazz. In all seriousness though, that little bit about you creatures not stirring couldn't have been further from the truth. There's plenty of great content from the Canucks blogosphere and below I'll do my best to showcase it.

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Salvaging the Season: Getting Something out of the Remaining Six Games

J.D. Burke
March 31 2014 12:22PM

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In what has essentially been a lost season - be it self-inflicted, or by injuries, or some sort of combination of everything - the Vancouver Canucks and their increasingly disinterested fanbase now find themselves struggling to grasp at straws for some semblance of a silver lining to close out the 2013-14 campaign. 

Having plummeted from the middle of the Western Conference’s pack, where the playoffs seemed in reach, to the dregs and halfway back again, the Canucks are now left in no man’s land. They find themselves with less than a 0.5% chance of making the playoffs, according to www.SportsClubStats.com

Conversely, the Canucks sudden bout of regression and emergence from PDO-Hell have moved them further from the draft lottery than most fans would like (and have been hoping ever since the playoffs started to slip away). In short: this club is inching dangerously close to entering full-Calgary Flames territory. You never want to go full-Calgary Flames.

But as is always the case, we here at Canucks Army try our very best to avoid catering to the alarmist sensibilities of the petulant section of fans. And in doing so, today I will try to bring three ways for the Canucks to get something out of these final six games. It's not much, but it's something..

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Evening Headshots: March 24th

J.D. Burke
March 25 2014 12:29AM

The Canucks have found their way back into the win column and I figured that's as good a reason as any to get me back into the.. headshots.. column. Or something. 

Anyways, things are looking moderately less bleak in the land of Canucks at the moment and this has everyone just a little less on edge. It's great. I haven't even seen so much as a "shapheat" develop since their last loss, I might add. What I have seen, however, is a ton of great local content on the Canucks and I'll try to bring it all your way, right after the jump.

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Was not dealing Ryan Kesler at the trade deadline really the worst thing, though?

J.D. Burke
March 06 2014 08:30PM

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All of the talk in Vancouver leaving yesterday's trade deadline had to do with the one that the Canucks didn't make, rather than the two they did. The way the rumours had been given an opportunity to gain steam and marinate in the week leading up to it surely played into that, as did Ryan Kesler's tweet (and awkward way of trying to deflect the attention afterwards, except not really).

How the team handled the entire situation has been a polarizing topic. Without being in the room, we may never know the full story of how close a trade actually was at any time leading up to the deadline, but the fact of the matter is that the Canucks are a fast-sinking ship, and a seemingly malcontent Kesler is still here. 

A case can certainly be made that it would've behooved the team to expedite his departure from the situation in an attempt to begin the "retooling" as Mike Gillis calls it, but - strap into your seats - I'm actually of the belief that the Canucks were wise to note cater to the contenders that circled them once they smelled blood.

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Evening Headshots: February 11th

J.D. Burke
February 11 2014 06:07PM

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I'm sure I speak for everyone in the vast world of Canucks fandom when I say that the Olympic Break couldn't have come soon enough. Seven losses in a row, that's one thing. But to lose in such an utterly boring and draining fashion for seven straight, that's practically enough to turn even me into one of those alarmist fans. 

You know the kind... They've usually got the least to say, yet say the most; big fan, personally. But hey, for at least the next two weeks, our favourite team and country is a serious threat to own the podium again.

Not only that, but I've tons of great links for your reading and enjoyment, on the other side of the jump.

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