Alex Edler Assessed Major Penalty for Charging Mike Smith

Thomas Drance
March 21 2013 10:30PM

Late in the second period of Thursday night's Canucks game in Glendale, Arizona the Canucks were on the power-play when an unsuspecting Mike Smith left his net to play the puck in the trapezoid. What happened next will shock you! In fact there's lots of shocking things about this play.

First off, it's a bit of an uncharacteristic shot from Alex Edler - who generally plays more like a Lady Byng candidate than a thug. Secondly, it's uncharacteristic of Mike Smith to hop back up after an opposition skaters makes contact with him, as opposed to doing his best Ryan Kelser impression and rolling around on the ice. Thirdly, Alex Edler was assessed a major for charging on the play, which I found kind of surprising.

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Evening Headshots March 21st

Thomas Drance
March 21 2013 06:38PM


Chris Higgins is out of the lineup for tonight's game against Phoenix.
But don't worry, he's not injured (as is being reported elsewhere). He's just joined the Wiserhood.

Today at Canucks Army we previewed tonight's Canucks game against the Phoenix Coyotes, considered some NHL defensemen who the Canucks would do well to acquire at the trade deadline, investigated whether or not Alain Vigneault's "trap it up" game plan was unique among NHL coaches (it's obviously not) and looked at the unpredictable impact of a mid-season coaching change.

Read on past the jump if you want a longer recap of today's Canucks news and assorted hot sports takes from around the internets.

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Game #30 Preview: Canucks @ Coyotes

Thomas Drance
March 21 2013 01:05PM

The Canucks have been an inconsistent group this season, to put it mildly, and they've underachieved expectations through the first 29 games of this weird lockout shortened season. While the team continues to handle and outscore their opponents at even-strength, the club's special teams have been pretty mediocre and the goaltending has been surprisingly average too. 

Phoenix is in the same boat basically, except even worse. While the Canucks have fallen out of the top-slot in the Northwest, the Coyotes have fallen out of the top-8 in the West and find themselves tied with *gulp* the Columbus Blue Jackets with thirty points in thirty games. Getting quality goaltending has been a staple of Dave Tippett's over-achieving Coyotes teams in the recent past, but so far this season that hasn't showed up for the desert dogs (the Coyotes' 'tenders have an abysmal .909 sv% at even-strength). Worse has been their offensive production as the Coyotes have been shutout in four of their last five games. And you thought the Canucks had a pop gun offense.

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Report: Anton Rodin Might Return to Brynäs Following this Season

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 03:30PM

Canucks prospect Anton Rodin has skill to burn. Though injury prone, Rodin is an excellent skater with plus puck possession skills and we thought he might be poised for a breakout campaign in Chicago this season.

For whatever reason though, Rodin has continued to struggle to adjust to the North American game and has underwhelmed throughout his two seasons with the Chicago Wolves. Well now it appears that Rodin may not remain in the Canucks system for much longer. According to a report from Aftonbladet (a reliable Swedish outlet) the speedy winger is strongly considering returning to Brynäs, his SEL team, upon the expiry of his entry-level contract this summer.

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Could AHL Affiliate Musical Chairs Bring a Canucks Farm Team to the Valley?

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 01:21PM

On Monday afternoon, veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks are in active talks to purchase the Peoria Riverman, an AHL club currently owned and affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.

The plan, according to Mayenknecht, would be for the Peoria Rivermen to be purchased by the Aquilini group that owns the Canucks. The Canucks would then move to the Fraser Valley in place of the Flames affiliated Abbotsford Heat who would move on to Utica (as previously and denied by the Flames). To complete this round of musical chairs, the St. Louis Blues would take on Vancouver's current AHL affiliate, the independent minded Chicago Wolves as their new farm team.

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