April 11 2014 11:48AM
Canucks Army is preparing for the playoffs in a way only Canucks Army can: by preparing an exhaustive list of profiles of potential general manager candidates, and by preparing an exhaustive list of profiles of potential new coaching candidates, just in case.
Twas I who had the misfortune of writing the profile for John Tortorella back in June. I'm going to share a few key passages from that profile:
April 10 2014 10:13AM
Part of me wonders attributing which recent Vancouver Canucks misjudgments to ownership rather than management would prompt receiving a letter from Francesco Aquilini. One thing I'm quite confident ownership had no control over was the Canucks' brutal draft record from 2008 to present. Of the 37 young men selected by the Canucks during Mike Gillis' tenure, only one has made the Canucks in a regular capacity, being Jordan Schroeder, and even then it's debatable.
I can kind of give credit to Gillis for attempting to think outside the box and draft older, more developed prospects, but that strategy turned out to not be a calculated move structured at replenishing the minor league rosters more quickly; all it wound up doing was taking away lottery tickets for the Canucks to hit on some 5th or 6th rounder that hit a development spurt midway through his 18th year.
But there's one pool that Gillis failed to consider, one that I think was a big downfall of his as general manager and no, it isn't the Vancouver Giants.
April 04 2014 11:27AM
Unfortunately, you can talk more about the soap opera in the Vancouver Canucks front office more than you can talk about the actual Vancouver Canucks games on the ice. There appears to be a variety of conflicting views between ownership, management and coaching, and those rumours about ownership trying to bypass Mike Gillis into hiring John Tortorella as coach doesn't bode for the future for several reasons—the first of which being that you never want the owner making the on-ice decisions.
Dimitri, who is a Cowboys fan, surely can relate.
March 31 2014 08:56PM
Now Dellow has done it. That darned Toronto lawyer has gone and posted possession data from 1997 to 2007, which is excellent if you want to kill a few hours and/or scream loudly about how things went for Vancouver in the early 2000s.
March 28 2014 03:38PM
Generally, my list of Facebook friends is different than the list of people I interact with online. It's made up of college bros and girls I used to flirt with, the common thread being that I had enough real-life interaction with them to be generally curious about their new jobs, new cities and vacation plans.
These Facebook friends, generally scattered across British Columbia but contained within Vancouver and Kamloops, aren't into hockey like I'm into hockey. Even in my periods of disinterest from the NHL, I still check scores and scorers. I check my Fantasy teams every night. I'm interested in which junior hockey player I'd interviewed once years ago is finally making his NHL debut. The friends I went to high school and university with are not like that. Events were made out of watching Canucks games and finals games, but there's not enough interest in what the Philadelphias and Tampa Bays of the world are doing for me to have legitimate hockey discussions with these friends where I'll learn something.