Is It April Yet?

Thomas Drance
January 23 2012 10:58AM

After Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders West, the Canucks will get a week off for All-Star break. While Hodgson, Edler and the twins fly to Ottawa to take part in the festivities, the rest of the team will rest up, fly to warmer climes for some sunshine, spend quality time with their families (or their goomahs), and prepare for the last 10 weeks of the regular season.

Fans should take this time to prepare mentally as well, because with only a few exceptions, there aren't a lot of "big games" to get excited before the start of the playoffs.

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Headshots January 19th

Thomas Drance
January 19 2012 03:04PM


I found this a couple of days ago but forget where. Anyway, some creep made a Canucks Voodoo doll.

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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Chris Tanev: Total Recalled

Thomas Drance
January 18 2012 05:59PM


Recently recalled Chris Tanev celebrates after scoring a goal this past Preseason.

News broke this evening that the Vancouver Canucks have recalled chain-smoking defenseman Chris Tanev from the Chicago Wolves. As the good folks at Pass it to Bulis noted on Twitter, the timing of the transaction is particularly interesting, and somewhat mirrors the look the team gave Cody Hodgson prior to the trade-deadline last season. Clearly, Gillis and co. are taking this opportunity to evaluate Tanev and to see whether or not he's ready to provide the team with quality top-4 depth. This is Tanev's shot to prove to the team that he can play a top-4 role, and to do so before Gillis is forced to pay a prohibitive price (likely a pound of flesh) for a defenseman at the deadline.

Here's the official press release from canucks.nhl.com. More analysis after the jump.

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Headshots January 18th

Thomas Drance
January 18 2012 02:47PM


Luongo took a puck off his mask last night. Now that, my friends, is a head-shot.

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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Where it Might Make Sense to Increase Hodgson's Ice-Time

Thomas Drance
January 18 2012 01:11PM


Cody Hodgson is a beast on the power-play.

In the first pre-season game of the 2011-12 season, the Canucks iced two teams: a stronger squad at home against a weak Flames squad, and a bunch of cannon-fodder in Calgary against a stronger Flames team. When Alain Vigneault sent blue-chip rookie Cody Hodgson to the chopping block in Calgary with the likes of Steve Begin and Darren Archibald, the "Vigneault hates Hodgson" meme took off. This school of thinking has continued in earnest throughout the season, and has taken the form of obsessive critiquing of the way the Canucks head-coach deploys the rookie. The hand-wringing reared its head again last night when Hodgson didn't receive a single shift in over-time. 

For the most part, I've found this common obsession with Hodgson's ice-time to be a bit confusing. Under the tutelage of Alain Vigneault, Canucks fans have seen Henrik and Daniel go from point-per game players to regular Art Ross contenders. We've watched as fringe prospects like Bieksa, Hansen and Burrows became productive every day NHLers. All the while, Ryan Kesler morphed into a forty goal scorer, and Alex Edler became an All-Star. Yet we're insisting that Vigneault has lost the ability to develop young hockey players? It just doesn't pass the smell test.

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