February 04 2014 01:19PM
At some point, someone is going to need waste time some time scrolling through all of the posts we've written here at Canucks Army over the past 5-6 weeks and take a tally of the number of times we've written the words "low point of the season". I don't know what the exact figure is, but I'd wager that it's getting excessively high.
The problem is that you think things can't get worse, and then they do. Heading into last night's game in Detroit I figured that things were on the up-and-up with the returns of some prominent figures, but then the Canucks went out and laid a complete and utter egg against the Red Wings.
There are frustrating losses that shouldn't be happening against inferior teams (think Edmonton Oilers), and then there's looking completely helpless, lost, and unwilling to try anything to stem the tide (like they did last night). John Tortorella had some choice words for the team following the loss, saying that things needed to change, and luckily for us.. we've got some things to talk about just past the jump!
It's just another day at the office, right? *checks schedule* .. oh, it's the Bruins. Well then. At this point all you can do is hope that we're not adding another to the aforementioned tally by the end of the night..
February 03 2014 09:17PM
This picture was not taken on February 3rd, 2014.
Heading into Monday night, it felt like there was some reason for optimism building around these parts. For the preview, I spent some time talking about how the team was getting its coach back, its best player back, and had just managed to pull off a heist of a trade.
To boot, they were going up against an opponent that has been even more injury-riddled than they've been, barely getting by in the LEastern Conference. Maybe they missed Brad Richardson. Or maybe they're just not very good. Whatever the cause, they wound up going out there and dropping a stinky one on everyone that devoted 3 hours of their early evening to watch some hockey.
It wasn't that they lost 2-0, but moreso the manner in which they did. Read on for more.
February 03 2014 04:51PM
Image via CDC
"You get lost sometimes, we need to take a look at the details. We won't win every game, but we need to at least play the right way. I didn't help matters for this team and we're in a tough spot right now. It's up to me to do my job and get this team back."
Those words - which as a whole may've been the biggest understatement of all understatements - came from John Tortorella during this morning's media availability. After going 4-9-2 in the month of January (falling to within 1 point of being on the outside looking in on the playoff picture), I think it's fair to say that the Vancouver Canucks are pretty happy with the fact that the calendar has flipped a page, revealing a new month.
The team will get its coach back for tonight's game, and while it remains to be seen whether some more successful showings will come as a result of that, at least we know that they'll be a more interesting squad to follow. And then there's the somewhat surprising return of a player whose importance can't be overstated, and a trade from earlier today, both of which'll surely improve the team's chances moving forward.
February 03 2014 03:28PM
Mikael Backlund's one-man show may've been enough for the Flames, but sadly, not for me..
Topics covered on today's edition of the show:
- An in-depth character assassination of Dale Weise.
- Why are the Canadiens making such a misguided effort to bring bad hockey players in?
- Some advice on a goaltender to pick up in your fantasy league.
- Potentially controversial feelings regarding Jack Edwards are revealed.
- A recap of this past weekend's slate of games.
- .. and along those lines, my punishment for losing is announced (check back on Wednesday)
Click past the jump to stream the podcast!
January 30 2014 05:15PM
Pictured above is the most important member of the Canucks, Mike Burnstein.
The Vancouver Canucks once again lost last night, after a rapid flurry by the Blackhawks proved to be too much to overcome. If you were one of the however many people that was able to make it out to The Pint for our viewing party, all of the other festivities surrounding the game hopefully dampened the blow of another relatively meek loss. Judging from the mood in the room I don't think anyone really carried the loss with them, allowing it to ruin their night [more on this later].
But as is usually the case with every fun night, the following morning provides some challenges. After you finally gather the energy to get up and evaluate the landscape, all you can do is hope that the damage is manageable. In the case of the Canucks, the hangover is of the mean variety this morning, as there's some more bad news on the injury front. Why did the party have to end?