Canucks Story Lines to Watch for in 2013

Thomas Drance
January 01 2013 06:06PM

From the trade of beloved rookie Cody Hodgson, to the team's unceremonious first round exit at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to the mystifying, frustrating NHL lockout - 2012 was a tough year for the Canucks and their fans. If you want to relive a bleak twelve months, Harrison Mooney broke it down exhaustively over at Pass it to Bulis on Tuesday morning.

Rather than looking back at the wasteland that was the Canucks' 2012, we figured we'd look ahead to what promises to be a very intriguing 2013. I've singled out five primary story lines that I anticipate we'll be following closely in the new year, and you can read all about it on the other side of the jump.

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Some Words on the Shapocalypse

Thomas Drance
December 30 2012 04:28PM

Fifteen months ago, I gave the "#shapcrew" the mic at this blog, as @Mariomontega and @Vitamin_v12 - the original purveyors of shap - wrote a mission statement of sorts, explaining why Vancouver Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault is a milt. Since then, shap has gone mainstream and the #shapcrew has expanded. At this point at least 30 individuals with varying levels of intelligence (from very smart to mind-numbling stupid), self-identify as "#shappers."

Last night, all of the group's momentum climaxed with a hilarious Roberto Luongo endorsement and a Twitter-based awards show - the second annual Shappy's - that was nothing short of rivetting. 

I'll wade into the muck a bit on the other side of the jump.

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Why Do David Booth's Tweets So Annoy Secular Canucks Fans?

Thomas Drance
December 19 2012 01:53PM

David Booth's use of Twitter has repeatedly drawn the ire of Canucks fans, mostly because of his habit of posting boastful photos (and videos) documenting his legal hunting exploits. But criticism of Booth's tweets and his worldview reached something of a crescendo this past weekend, when Booth took some time to comment on the tragic school shooting in Sandy Hook Connecticut. As debates about gun-control and ultimately inaccurate reporting from the crime scene filled up our "timelines" on Friday and Saturday, David Booth offered an alternative take on the tragic events and appeared to be advocating for school prayer:

Read on past the jump.

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Will Frank Corrado Make the Canadian WJC Team This Evening?

Thomas Drance
December 13 2012 09:26AM


Frank Corrado pushes Hunter Shinkaruk into goaltender Tyler Binnington during the Red v. White scrimmage on Tuesday.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Todd Korol

Vancouver hockey fans haven't had any Canucks-related hockey to cheer about for seven and a half months, so it's understandable why the die-hards (myself included) are beginning to feel somewhat stir-crazy. To compound that issue, the possible remedies like, following a moribund Vancouver Giants team or a Chicago Wolves team that plays at a snails pace, are generally pretty unsatisfying.

That could all change later this evening however, because it appears that 19 year old two-way defenseman and Canucks prospect Frank Corrado, a fifth-round draft pick in 2011 whose stock has soared over the past sixteen months, might make Team Canada's World Junior Championship team. A Canucks prospect, playing on Team Canada's World Junior Team, to root for over the Christmas holidays? That's the hockey-itch equivalent of Goldbond powder.

So what are Corrado's chances of actually making the team? I figured this was a topic worth spilling some digital ink over, so read on past the jump! 

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Canucks Prospect Patrick McNally Removed from Harvard Roster

Thomas Drance
December 10 2012 05:07PM

 

On Monday evening collgehockeynews.com reported that promising Canucks prospect Patrick McNally was removed from Harvard's Roster along with three other players ahead of Harvard's game against Umass Lowell.

Read past the jump for more. 

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