Catching up with Nicklas Jensen

Thomas Drance
October 17 2011 09:31AM

Nicklas Jensen, the Canucks first round selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft is skilled, and rather massive. Standing 6,3 and possessing advanced puck-skills for his age, Jensen was impressive at prospects camp and at training camp last month. The 18 year old Danish national managed to hang-around right until the final cuts were made, and many were speculating that he might become the first 18 year old since Petr Nedved to crack the opening day roster. Though he was eventually sent back to Oshawa, few would have anticipated heading into camp that Jensen would have made such an impression.

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Canucks shutout by Red Wings, Recap and Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
October 14 2011 10:32AM


Cory Schneider was tested often, and played well to prevent the blowout against Detroit.
Photo Credit: Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Canucks were soundly beaten by the Red Wings by a tally of 2-0 on Thursday night. The team has performed unevenly in the very early going, and the loss dropped the club to 1-2-1 on the season, and 1-2-0 on their current road-swing. The team had a better first period than they managed in Columbus or Philadelphia, drawing an early penalty and looking dangerous with the man-advantage. That changed in a big way during a brutal second frame in which the Red Wings notched a basically unprecedented 19 scoring chances (most of them on the power-play) and found the back of the net twice.

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Pre-Game Headshots October 13th

Thomas Drance
October 13 2011 04:43PM


Last night, Hartnell may have kicked Dale Wiese in the balls.

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

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What is the Penalty for a Cap Floor Violation?

Thomas Drance
October 13 2011 07:41AM

The following piece of analysis on the potential penalty for a violation of the "cap-floor" was written by Beantown Canuck, a Canucks fan who is supposedly a lawyer. Beantown Canuck likes to bug people about the Canucks and hockey on twitter when he's not busy bugging people about the Canucks and hockey at Nucksmisconduct, which is what he does when he's not busy at work. Originally from Vancouver, he later lived in Boston but moved to New York a few years ago and as far as he's concerned Boston ceased to exist as of June.

By Beantown Canuck

So a funny thing happened in the NHL on October 12th. The Dallas Stars, along with every other team in the NHL, opted to forego the opportunity to grab Eric Nystrom from the Minnesota Wild on re-entry waivers. Had they done so, Dallas would have only been on the hook for half of Nystrom’s salary and half of his salary cap hit for the remainder of his contract, meaning they would have only had to pay him $700,000 a season for the next two seasons. And yet later that very same day, Dallas traded the always coveted “future considerations” to Minnesota to acquire the very same Eric Nystrom, and as a result will be taking on 100% of his $1,400,000 per season salary and cap hit. Wait… what?

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Flyers Best Canucks 5-4, Recap and Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
October 12 2011 10:01PM


Unfortunately, the Flyers beat the Canucks in both the silly-face competition and in the game tonight.
Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

In what was billed as a battle between two absurdly over-paid goaltenders, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings model of team building were the winners this evening. In fairness to Bryzgalov, who was excellent despite the four goals allowed, and Luongo who was in no way excellent, the defensive breakdowns in this game were more then mere breakdowns. Both team's defensive structure and discipline were in full-blown Three Mile Island mode tonight. Though this made for an entertaining contest, it probably took a couple of years (in aggregate) off of the life expectancy of the respective head-coaches.

In contrast with recently waived uber-pest Sean Avery, it was a sloppy first that cost the Canucks this evening. The Canucks came out flat and took four minor penalties (two of the "soft" variety, and two of the stupid variety) in the games opening eleven minutes. By the time the first period was half over, les boys from Vancouver were down 2-0. It was eerily reminiscent of Monday night's game against Columbus, as the Canucks were undisciplined and lackadaisical out of the gate.

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