Going home: could this be the final time Montreal native Burrows plays in his hometown?

Jeff Paterson
November 01 2016 01:00PM

Don’t be surprised if Alex Burrows takes a moment or two at the end of Wednesday’s game at the Bell Centre in Montreal to soak in the atmosphere. And it’s easy to understand if he does. There’s a strong possibility this may be the last time he has the opportunity to play a National Hockey League game in his hometown. As an aging veteran on an expiring contract in a league seemingly getting faster by the day, the Canucks winger knows he can’t play this game forever.

Now, a trade or another contract may provide future chances to play in the La Belle Province, but there are no guarantees at this stage of Burrows’ career. So expect the 35-year-old to run the gamut of emotions as he returns to the Canucks line-up to start a grueling six game in nine nights road trip. While nostalgia may enter the equation, Burrows insists he’s far more motivated to help his hockey club get back on the right track after five straight losses.

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With Virtanen it's confidence issues, not injuries, holding him back right now

Jeff Paterson
October 26 2016 03:49PM

While there is much concern from the outside about the health of Jake Virtanen’s shoulder these days, the bigger issue seems like a crisis of confidence for the second year Vancouver Canuck power forward. Virtanen has yet to leave a mark on any of the five games he’s played this season and following an optional practice the morning after a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators, Virtanen admitted he’s struggling to find the form that made him effective in the second half of his rookie season.

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Why fatigue this early is a red-flag for Canucks

Jeff Paterson
October 24 2016 03:00PM

Willie Desjardins offered up an interesting theory in the wake of the Canucks 4-2 loss in Anaheim on Sunday night. The coach suggested that his team may have exerted too much energy digging out of a 3-0 hole the night before in Los Angeles and, as a result, had little left in the tank to face the Ducks less than 24 hours later.

In essence, the coach suggested his team’s pursuit of a single point at the Staples Center hamstrung their ability to compete for two points the following night ably.

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Jack Skille refusing to get caught up in the numbers game as decision day nears

Jeff Paterson
October 06 2016 09:00AM

 Jack Skille has fallen in love with the city of Vancouver during his brief stay on a professional tryout with the Canucks. From walks on the Stanley Park seawall to time in downtown shops and restaurants, he’s grown fond of a place he desperately wants to call home for the coming hockey season. It could happen, but Skille knows there is still plenty of work to do before he can call himself a Vancouverite or a Canuck.

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Season-ticket holder Tanev pulling hard for his beloved Blue Jays in baseball's post-season

Jeff Paterson
October 05 2016 04:51PM

Chris Tanev has made a name for himself in the National Hockey League as a quiet, confident defenseman whose best attribute may just be the way he processes the game and executes calmly under pressure. Very little rattles the 26-year-old. That’s the ‘hockey’ Chris Tanev that Vancouver Canucks fans have come to know and appreciate.

                Put Tanev in front of a television watching his beloved Toronto Blue Jays grind out an extra inning win to advance to the American League Divisional Series as they did on Tuesday night and it’s a different story. That calm demeanour and those mild manners go out the window as quickly as Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run  walk-off homer left the park.

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