July 12 2012 07:25AM
Thought this might be of interest. Mikael Samuelsson recently had an interview with Ronnie Johansson of HockeySvierge.Se. The full interview can be found here, but it is unfortunately in Swedish. We reached out to a Swedish friend of Canucks Army who was happily willing to translate the interview for us.
Samuelsson discusses some of his past issues with the Canucks, including his role, his feelings when he was traded away from the club last season, and finds a way to blame Alex Burrows for the Canucks losing the Stanley Cup Finals to Boston.
Click past the jump for the full text.
July 09 2012 02:36PM
Mason Raymond in his natural habitat.
So Mason Raymond re-signed today, and a fanbase went nuts. But you all know the story. Thom linked to it earlier.
Anyway, I don't think that fans in the Vancouver market truly appreciate shooter regression. Raymond shot at just 8% last season and 7.6% the season before that. Now, there's reason to believe that "Raymond is just a horrible shooter" but like I showed with my Jason Garrison analysis, even four years doesn't generally predict how good of a shooter a player is.
July 04 2012 01:58PM
About a minute after my post on Province Sports about Jason Garrison went live, I got a barrage of texts from resident blog chief Thomas Drance:
"You kidding me?"
"5 Garrison goals"
"You expect JG to score 5 goals"
"Wrote it today"
"Least well thought out thing you've written in a while!"
Obviously I pride myself in thinking out at least half the things I write, but I calmly explained by reasoning. For one, I never stated that Garrison would score "5 goals". I wrote "upwards of five". The second thing to note is that I think five goals is a lot of goals for a defenceman.
June 28 2012 08:24PM
To open the Canucks 2012 Summer Summit, Mike Gillis fielded a couple of awkward questions from host John Shorthouse. The first was about Justin Schultz - and he declined to comment on how the pitch meeting went. The second concerned the team's enviable depth in goal - some might even call it a log-jam - and any potential moves that might be on the horizon. While Mike Gillis declined to elaborate at length on any Luongo news - he told fans in attendance - and those watching over the canucks.nhl.com livestream, that the team had "agreed in principle" on a new deal with Canucks goaltender and pending restricted free-agent Cory Schneider.
June 25 2012 08:21AM
At this weekend's NHL Draft, we were able to catch up briefly with Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. We didn't have the time for a full-length interview but we got a few thoughts from him on zone starts, along with two young players in the Canucks' system in Zack Kassian and Nicklas Jensen. Questions and answers are edited for grammar.
Cam Charron: You deploy your players so much differently than any other coach in the league. How involved do you get in the player selection process?
Alain Vigneault: Not at all. This is all the amateurs [scouts]. I don't see any of the games as far as the potential players that come to our organization so we've got a great amateur scouting staff that do a great job and it's all up to them.