52 games: How Jeff Cowan and Aaron Rome are different

Cam Charron
November 14 2011 12:18PM

Well, in regards to the title, obviously one player is a forward while the other is a defenseman.

Beyond that, the two have drawn comparisons recently. Aaron Rome is on a scoring tear right now, with three goals in his last four games, with another disallowed. He also scored in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals last season, so, playoffs and all, Aaron Rome has four goals in his last 11 games, which is a remarkable pace for a defenseman.

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Don Cherry confused me, Episode III

Cam Charron
November 13 2011 02:09PM

Welcome to 'Don Cherry confused me', a Sunday-morning feature that will chronicle the silly things that Don Cherry says the night before on Coach's Corner. The feature will focus on Cherry's out-dated focus on the game and attempt to get him to understand that things happen in hockey a little bit differently than he remembers them.

Episode Three: Who are you going to war with?

 "The worst you can do is get your star player killing penalties" 

This is in reference to Tim Connolly, one of Don Cherry's favourites, getting injured blocking a shot on a penalty kill, presumably. Other situations wherein Connolly has gotten hurt: Even strength, powerplay, penalty shots, time outs, and team dinners.

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In defense of 'JerkPuck'

Cam Charron
November 10 2011 02:28PM


Aaron Rome demonstrates JerkPuck.

After every inch of data began to be mined by Major League Baseball teams, an undervalued player today isn't what it was even seven years ago. It used to be that you could pick up a player who was thrown onto the scrap heap, but due to his ability to not get "out" (we're still talking baseball), was far more valuable than perceived.

A similar revolution is about to happen in hockey. Already certain teams are placing a high value on players who generate possession rather than those who possess traditional tools that a General Manager values. San Jose, Nashville, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are teams who, in some capacity, value modernized theories that emphasize possession and shooting ability rather than conventional aspects. This is apparent from the sort of players that these teams sign and trade for.

But the Vancouver Canucks have diverged even further from this "money puck" route. The addition of Maxim Lapierre, as well as the maturation of Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows leads to a newly constructed term. It's not so much 'MoneyPuck' because we're talking about something larger than merely winning hockey games by finding undervalued players. More accurate, I'd describe it as: 'JerkPuck,' defined as a method of winning games by frustrating the opposition, trolling them, and baiting them into taking dumb penalties.

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On the road with Dan and Patrick

Cam Charron
November 10 2011 08:23AM


(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The scene: Fresh off a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, a few members of the Chicago Blackhawks go out for some beers. Daniel Carcillo and Patrick Kane have a few too many and are left to find their own way back to the hotel. Missing wakeup call, the team accidently leaves without them, leaving Carcillo and Kane to find their own way to Columbus...

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Aaron Rome, a lesson in shot suppression

Cam Charron
November 07 2011 02:14PM


Go this way Aaron Rome, and suppress our opponents shot totals!
Photo Credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo

Last night Aaron Rome made his return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup playing, according to timeonice.com, 11.6 minutes of even strength time against primarily Chicago's depth players: Marcus Kruger, Dan Carcillo and Viktor Stalberg. It wasn't anything extremely fancy, and he didn't play a lot of situational minutes, but he got himself back into the lineup. Despite giving up 10 shots including three in the three shifts he played against Patrick Kane, Rome is ready to do what he does best when he's in the lineup: shot suppression.

A season ago, I think Alain Vigneault confused a big number of Canuck fans by sitting Keith Ballard in favour of the less impressive, less talented Rome. Let's jump into my time machine, use the shrink-ray, and top it off with a quick stint in the telepod (don't forget to bring a small fly in with you!). Now that we've morphed into itty-bitty mosquitos and are back in the Spring of 2011, let's fly into the Canucks boardroom, so we can be a fly on the wall, privy to an in-house discussion about defensive personnel:

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