January 29 2014 10:16AM
Umm.. [Image via Puck Daddy]
January has truly been the month from hell for the Vancouver Canucks. They've gone 4-7-2, but somehow it feels like it's almost been worse than that. There have been some losses that I'd characterize as both embarrassing and largely forgettable. After the way last season had concluded - and the way the summer went, with the lowered cap essentially handcuffing Mike Gillis from making any sort of big moves - we knew that this team was a far cry from the (Presidents' Trophy!) champion of years past.
But things have been so, so, so much worse with all of the injuries the team has been racking up. A squad that was already dealing with depth issues has really been decimated for weeks now, most recently having to play without 2 of its top 3 centers. So its not exactly surprising that they've had difficulties scoring, with the Brad Richardsons of the world being thrust into roles their individual skillsets don't allow them to succeed in.
Something that needs to be discussed, despite how unpleasant it may be: the fact that Daniel Sedin probably can't hit the broad sign of a barn at this point. During a stretch where his team has scored 25 goals total in 13 games (dropping them all the way down to 22nd in the league on the season), the most prolific scorer in the franchise's history has failed to score once. That's a problem, and has been for a while now. Jim Jamieson broke the ice this morning, and we'll take the baton from him.
January 27 2014 11:57PM
"Since neither of us are good at hockey, let's give rugby a shot, shall we?" [Image via Adam Gretz]
Let's not sugarcoat things, because losing to the Edmonton Oilers (a team that could actually conceivably be the worst team in the league; yes, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres) surely represents a new low point for a team that has endured some pretty embarrassing results in recent memory. Especially when it happens at home.
But it's also one that's not necessarily all that surprising, and certainly one that needs to be put into perspective. Everything is a jumbled mess right now, with players being asked to fill roles their natural talent level doesn't allow them to fill. Their recent 4-game stretch of "getting by" was more of a testament to their opponents' misery than it was to the Canucks suddenly turning a corner.
.. and Monday night, the ineptitude that has been a byproduct of missing two of their top 3 centers finally caught up with them, coming back to bite them in the rear. Read on past the jump for a recap of the humbling loss.
January 27 2014 03:22PM
The Canucks and Oilers played each other just 6 days ago, and while that can have its advantages in terms of things spilling over from one meeting to the other, helping build a story of sorts.. it makes previewing the game the second time out a total nuisance. What else is there to say? Not much has really changed since the January 21st game preview.
But thankfully, we've got a player making his return to the Canucks lineup tonight to report on, plus some thoughts on tonight's starting goaltender. So read on past the jump for more on that..
January 26 2014 02:42PM
The great thing about Twitter - well, other than being the wonderful source of entertainment and information that it is - is the fact that it provides you with an opportunity to take in sports spectacles with a wide array of different individuals that you otherwise would never have been exposed to. It can be frustrating at times, but for the most part it enhances the viewing experience.
Two particular instances of this have come within the past 2 weeks; Tom Sestito's debut in the team's top 6 and 1st unit PP v. the Ducks (ultimately climaxing when he scored a PPG) and the Canucks/Kings fight night were two memorable moments for me personally, that were significantly augmented by exposed to the endless list of jokes online.
I don't know about you but I enjoy the feeling of being a part of something, and the tightly knit online hockey community is just that. On Wednesday, January 29th we've been presented with an opportunity to take our collective relationship to the next level as the official watering hole of Canucks Army is kindly hosting a viewing party for us.
Read on past the jump to find out what you need to do to make sure you're there. And I assure you, you'll want to be there; we've got an assortment of fun prizes and gifts to give away to you guys, as if we needed to sweeten the pot beyond hanging out, and drinking beer while watching the Canucks take on the Blackhawks.
January 24 2014 11:35AM
A video depiction of Vinny Prospal's reaction last night. [GIF via The Stanchion]
"I'm out!", is what Vinny Prospal was probably thinking after finishing up his PVR recording of last night's Canucks/Perds game. If you watched that game and thought to yourself, "you know what, this team is just one 39-year old winger away!" then I don't know what to tell you (except to ask you what you're on, because I want some!).
Less than 24 hours following the announcement that Prospal was signing a PTO with the Utica Comets, he has apparently reneged. Right now all that's being reported is that he had some time to think on it some more, and speak with his family, and that's how he came to his final decision. I'm thinking he did some Googling ("Abbotsford", "Utica".. no thanks..)