The Bruins Are the Worst, But It's Good for Hockey

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 09:58AM

Another week, another controversial Boston Bruins hit. No one is surprised that a Boston Bruins player, in this case Milan Lucic, got away with a cheap-shot, that's how the story always seems to go. As far as I'm concerned, a goalie playing the puck outside the crease should be fair game, but that's not how it works in the rulebook, or in practice. 

Milan Lucic pretty clearly could've made an effort to avoid Ryan Miller, he didn't. Instead he drove through the hit and concussed one of the world's best goaltenders. I didn't think the hit was altogether that heinous, but I wouldn't have had an issue with the former Vancouver Giant being suspended for a game or two. After all, i thought the NHL was trying to do more to discourage exactly these types of unnecessary plays that can lead to concussions... 

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Headshots November 14th

Thomas Drance
November 14 2011 02:54PM


Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jackie Chiles.

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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Headshots November 11th

Thomas Drance
November 11 2011 03:00PM


Vintage Igor Larionov hockey card via @NHLHistoryGirl

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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The worst Canucks Captain Ever

Thomas Drance
November 11 2011 01:25PM

If you ask most Canucks fans the salient question "who was the worst captain in team history?" few hesitate. The answer is clear: #11 Mark Messier, hands down, we can all go home now. The Canucks have had 13 captains in their history and many (most) of them were forgettable (Chris Oddleifson), or were a misguided selection in the first place (Roberto Luongo? Really?). Still, Messier takes the cake. To describe his tenure as Canucks captain as inglorious, pathetic or a trial of faith is probably underselling how hard it was to watch the team from 1997 to 2000.

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Canucks Commit Regicide: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 11 2011 01:01AM


Future 2011/12 All-Star Aaron Rome Celebrates his GWG on Thursday night.

It was a tale of two halves, as it so often is in hockey.

In the game's first act, which lasted until the 25th minute of game-play, the Canucks took a commanding three goal lead on the scoreboard and out-chanced the Kings 12 to 3. From then on the Kings took over, partly because Vigneault went to the old "prevent defense," and partly because the Kings are actually a talented team. They ended the game on a 13 to 5 scoring chance run and made the match something of a nail-biter by the final buzzer.

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