April 16 2012 02:02PM
As I've already written today, we'll start with the Canucks postmortems when that becomes appropriate: when the Canucks season is done, dead, and buried in the ground. At the moment, the season is on life-support, but I'm interested in seeing how the Canucks respond to their current deficit before wading into the muck and thoroughly analyzing what happened to the team this season.
Other bloggers, like our buddy Wyatt over at the Legion of Blog have already started in on the "Vigneault's future and expiry date" discussion. That's fair enough, and while we'll still wait until after the season to perform our more detailed autopsy - I want to briefly cover and debunk a widespread, and patently false misconception that many Canucks fans subscribe too: that Vigneault is consistently out-coached in the postseason.
We'll examine the fossil record, after the jump!
April 16 2012 10:03AM
(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
It hasn't been a banner week for the Canucks.
Vancouver's club has been punchless in their first round series against the Kings, they've been outscored 9 to 4 and their special teams have been an unmitigated disaster. One of the club's brightest lights, All-Star defenseman Alex Edler, has struggled so greatly with his decision making that he's quickly earning "goat" status among the Canucks faithful who only ten days ago voted him as the Babe Pratt winner (best defenseman). Add all of that to the the three-games-to-none deficit the club now finds themselves in, in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series, and there aren't a lot of positives.
There's even a chance that the Canucks could become the first President's Trophy winner in history to get swept in the preliminary round of the playoffs. But for a club that has made a habit of collecting unique, notorious NHL records like candy, that's nothing new really. This franchise is the only non-Stanley Cup winner to make it to a game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals and lose, and they've done it twice. They're also the first team to be shutout in a Stanley Cup Finals game seven...
But we'll have plenty of time for an extended Canucks autopsy over the coming months, so let's avoid that until Thursday at least. Barring a miracle sweep, however, the Canucks will almost certainly not make it out of the first round this season. The Canucks are on the brink, and there's a good deal of doom and gloom in the Vancouver market right now, but let's try to spin like Henrik and look at the bright side for a moment.
Read past the jump!
April 15 2012 02:20PM
With the Canucks down two games to none in their first round series against the L.A. Kings, head-coach Alain Vigneault doesn't have a lot of cards left to play. One of his possible trump cards, however, is stalwart backup goaltender Cory Schneider. Vigneault is going all in for game three, as he's confirmed that Cory Schneider will get the nod in net on Sunday evening.
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April 13 2012 10:42AM
Throughout the past two seasons Cory Schneider has repeatedly proven to be exceptionally skilled with his use of words. When you think about it, this skill has been essential to him, after all he occupies a highly flammable position in the Vancouver sports market. Just one tone-deaf Schneider quote could bring a chorus of boo's down on already embattled starter Roberto Luongo. Certainly Schneider is popular enough, especially among certain segments of Canucks fans, that if he came out and said something even indirectly referencing the idea that he "should be the starter" all hell would break loose on the Team 1040's call-in shows.
Schneider is something of a chameleon, really. He's Boston born, but he plays for the Canucks, and if the alleged actions of his Massachusetts born girlfriend Jill are any indication, he's very loyal towards his first professional team. He can impersonate any Canucks roster player or coach with aplomb and he can talk politics without hitting a single wrong note. We've said it before, but Schneider has a politicians understanding of "messaging" and so it was a surprise to hear that yesterday, he took an all-out, tactless (albeit highly accurate and amusing) shot at one of the Canucks most moribund divisional "rivals": the Edmonton Oilers
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April 12 2012 06:28PM
Going into the postseason, the Canucks were the only NHL team that could boast a clean sheet where supplementary discipline was concerned. That changed on Thursday evening, as it was officially announced that Byron Bit has received a two game suspension from the league for his dirty hit to the head of L.A. Kings pugilist Kyle Clifford in game one. Kyle Clifford will miss at least the next game between the two teams on Friday.