Sebastian Erixon, Unhappy in Chicago?

Thomas Drance
November 18 2011 10:29AM

Canucks prospect Sebastian Erixon, signed last spring after a break-out season with Timrå of the SEL, is unhappy in Chicago according to unnamed sources who spoke with Dagbladet, a newspaper in Sundsvall. To make the matter even more dicey, the team's sports director Kent Norberg is actively talking to the press about "welcoming" the diminutive two-way defenseman back "with open arms."

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Headshots November 16th

Thomas Drance
November 16 2011 03:02PM


Dan Hamhuis demonstrates his "too cool" posture, while Hodgson flashes his dorky smile.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Embrace the Hate: BlackHawkDL Troll Post

Thomas Drance
November 16 2011 01:35PM

Editors note: The following is the first entry into our "Embrace the Hate" competition. It's written by Chicago Blackhawks blogger Kelly Reardon of BlackhawksDL.com and Puckdrunklove.com. Like most Blackhawks fans, Reardon is none of fond of the Canucks and their diving, whining antics. Check it out:

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Embrace the Hate

Thomas Drance
November 16 2011 09:42AM

This summer was an emotional and difficult one for the Canucks and their fans. The loss of the Stanley Cup and the embarrassment of the Game7 Riot were bad enough, but the untimely passing of former Canucks forwards Rick Rypien and Pavel Demitra was way harder. In response to the worst summer in recent memory for the team, the Canucks have come up with a theme for this season, and are celebrating the contributions of "local heroes" with  the Heart of a Canuck campaign. But for Canucks fans who compulsively occupy the digital space on reddit or twitter, or live outside of Vancouver; the theme of this year is quite different. This season's theme is all about redemption, it's about changing the approach, and learning to "Embrace the Hate."

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Why Alain Vigneault is a Milt

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 09:09PM

Editors note: You may have noticed a strange group of Canucks fans on twitter who seem to use a foreign language while staying hyper-current about Canucks news. Sure most of the made-up words they use have deliriously filthy meanings according to the urbandictionary.com, but regardless, their schtick is funny and pervasive. They're known as the #shap crew, or the #shap bandits, and their strange lingo has been referenced by Dan Murphy during a Sportsnet broadcast, and has made it into the Vancouver Province as well. It's all very #shapocalytic (link very much NSFW). As I often defend the Canucks head-coach Alain Vigneault in this space, I figured I'd let the #shap bandits tell you why they disagree with me.

The Following is a Guest Post from the Shap Crew:

Recently, Alain Vigneault decided to start Roberto Luongo in 3 games in 4 nights. Today, we are hearing that Luongo is hurt and missed practice. Let's think about this for a moment...prior to these 3 games Luongo's play was typical of his career at this time of year, as he's been known as a slow starter. Granted, his form has been improving. The question is: What kind of coach plays his starter 3 games in 4 nights? Answer: Only a Milt.

What's a Milt? Well, if you really have to ask that question you're probably a Milt. A bit slow to laugh at a joke... your buddy's fiancé doesn't want you at their wedding... Milt. I digress...back to AV.

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