July 29 2016 03:18PM
Since their unveiling in August of 2007, the Canucks uniforms have been a controversial topic in the NHL. Some despise the arching "Vancouver" that covers the front of the jersey, while others love the fact they are embracing their city. Most agree, however, that after decades of identity crisis' they finally have themselves back in the right colour scheme. Now, unfortunately, those hoping the Canucks would change their uniforms in a couple years time when Adidas takes over as the NHL's uniform supplier, had a bucket of cold water dumped on them this week.
Trevor Linden co-hosted on TSN 1040 during President's Week and said there are no plans to change the uniforms at all. Is it the right move? Our writers discuss.
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July 29 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattews contract saga over nothing, how do the best NHL teams structure their salary cap, Trevor Linden speaks, Flames off-season report card, all signs point to Connor McDavid to be Oilers next Captain, Pacific division preview, size doesn't matter, Evander Kane, The Tragically Hip and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 27 2016 09:00AM
It's Presidents Week on TSN 1040 AM, which to the best of my knowledge is a week featuring extensive interviews with the Presidents of each Canadian market team in the NHL. Yesterday was the Vancouver Canucks day, which means that Trevor Linden sat in on the show.
Our very own Vanessa Jang did a fantastic job transcribing and providing analysis on that radio hit. Given the time frame, Linden had the opportunity to talk about any number of topics. They ranged from the Evander Kane rumours all the way to trades they've already completed and beyond. This nugget in particular about the deals they've already made sticks out...
Linden on management mistakes: "We were criticized for trades we made last year and I wouldn't go back and change one of them." #canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) July 26, 2016
I'd change nearly all of them, but I can hardly fault Linden for standing by his management teams decisions. Now, assuming you were in Linden's shoes and had the ability or desire to change any of these contentious trades, which one(s) stick out to you and what would you have done differently?
July 26 2016 04:21PM
Hockey talk in the middle of July can be bland, speculative, and argumentative. Obviously the off-season is uneventful, with the exception of a few trades here and there. In the eyes of those whose work focuses on hockey though, any hockey talk is better than no hockey talk.
During this time of the year, the topics that emerge are meant to generate discussions, they're not necessarily ideas that are being pursued by management. Earlier today, Vancouver's hockey fans were given a reprieve from the dog days of summer as Canucks President Trevor Linden gave a two hour 'tell-all' on TSN 1040 as part of their President's Week coverage.
July 25 2016 07:45PM
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From the looks of it, Evander Kane is going to hit the trade market for the second time in less than two years. Not many were surprised to see him head from Winnipeg to Buffalo during the 2014/15 season, and many came to his defence. Most of his issues, after all, had been with the team, and a civil suit placed in his direction for an incident in Vancouver was brushed off when Kane retorted that his thrown street punches were in self-defence.
Fast forward, and we're back to where we started, except worse. This time, the Buffalo Sabres want off of this wild ride, and it's due to a string of off-ice incidents. You don't need me to re-paint the picture for you here; Canucks Army managing editor JD Burke did an excellent job detailing the list of accusations placed upon Kane, and why he has reservations about bringing in a player with this much and this type of smoke surrounding their personal life.
Vancouver Province writer Ben Kuzma, on the other hand, feels differently. He thinks the Canucks should go after the local youngster. Which, of course, is his opinion, which he's welcome to have. But the delivery is almost as problematic as the player he's defending.