A Second Consecutive 'Once in a Lifetime' Season

Jeff Paterson
February 17 2012 08:47AM

Vigneault, the twins and their teammates are putting together a second straight season to remember.

Much was said about the Vancouver Canucks setting franchise records with 54 victories and 117 points last season. With a 17-1-2 stretch from late November through late January, and a 12-1 roll in March a year ago - the Canucks were doing things no team in the franchise’s 40-year history had ever accomplished. And it all added up to an NHL best record and the first President’s Trophy in the hockey club’s history. But you know all of that. You also know that when the final buzzer sounded on June 15th, none of that mattered.

Read on past the jump!

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Searching for Salo - Or Someone to Take his Place

Jeff Paterson
February 13 2012 08:39AM

There's a line of thinking that the Vancouver Canucks must acquire a defenseman ahead of this month’s trade deadline, to provide insurance in the event of another – and likely inevitable -- Sami Salo injury. However, after watching the Canucks game on Saturday night in Calgary, it seems that Mike Gillis should be looking to pull the trigger on a deal to acquire someone who can play ahead of Salo, even when the veteran defenseman is healthy and in the line-up.

Read on after the break!

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21 Overtime Salute for Canucks Who Refuse to Lose in OT

Jeff Paterson
February 09 2012 10:29AM

Ebbett celebrates an GWG in OT against San Jose in December. The Canucks haven't lost in OT in a calender year.

21 and counting. That’s what the Vancouver Canucks streak is up to in regular-season games without an overtime loss. Oh sure, until recently, there have been more than a few shootout setbacks along the way. But the Vancouver Canucks are – and have been for a while now – bulletproof in regular season overtimes.

Read more about the team's incredible streak after break!

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How "The Great Dane" can get out of the Doghouse

Jeff Paterson
February 06 2012 12:58PM

Where has Hansen's gumption gone?

Alain Vigneault made a decision Saturday in Denver. Now it’s Jannik Hansen’s turn to make a decision of his own.

In the Canucks 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche, Vigneault gave Hansen a season-low 8:04 of ice time. It wasn’t just a season low, but a substantial 2:49 lower than the previous low (10:53 on December 1st vs Nashville). The Danish winger hasn't seen as little of the ice since he played a total of 3:58 in Columbus on February 12, 2010 – the night of the Olympic opening ceremonies nearly two years ago.

So it has been a while since Hansen sat and watched as much hockey from ice level as he did at the Pepsi Center this weekend. He’s a different – and more valuable -- player now than he was back then, but Saturday’s move by the coach had better get Hansen’s attention.

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The Canucks vs. The Northwest Division: Feasting on Cupcakes

Jeff Paterson
February 03 2012 01:24PM

Shhh. Don't tell the four teams waging war on a nightly basis for Central Division supremacy about what's going on in the sleepy Northwest. Alright, it's not much of a secret really, but I don't know if people realize just how much the Canucks have benefited from running roughshod over the "cupcakes" in their division the past three seasons, especially the Colorado Avalanche. This stuff will make those Central Division guys cringe, if not cry.

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