Headshots December 12th

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 02:56PM


I'd laugh about Daniel's dorky pose, but I'm scarred by those particular Luongo sweat pants.

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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Fourth Line Help

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 12:55PM


Volpatti's toughness has been lost for the year, and the team still needs to replace his planking ability.

Following a season ending injury to Aaron Volpatti and recent injuries to "skill players" David Booth and Cody Hodgson: the Smylosphere is preoccupied with the Canucks "team toughness", and the personnel on the fourth line. This preoccupation gained added steam following a physical, dirty game against the Ottawa Senators in, which, several Canucks (including Kesler and Edler) were dealt cheap-shots while in vulnerable positions.

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The Canucks Top-5 Russians

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 07:36AM

This is a Guest Piece By Andrey Osadchenko

Vancouver is seen by many Russians as a surreal place – it’s about as far out West from Western Russia (the most populated part of the country) as it gets. Maybe this is why there haven’t been a whole lot of ruskies in the Canucks’ system historically. Perhaps, there’s a another explanation for that, but the fact is several of the Russian skaters who made it all the way out to BC became legendary. At least, 3 of them did. Here’s a quick look at the Top-5 Russians who ever played for the blue- green-and-white (or black-yellow and red).

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Vesitigial Senators Toothless in Nations Capital: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
December 11 2011 02:26PM

 

It was a rough and tumble affair in the Nation's capital last night, but the Canucks comfortably controlled proceedings and dominated the Senators on their way to a convincing 4-1 win. While the Canucks played very well, they didn't comport themselves as well as they performed. The team abandoned  to some extent their "between the whistles" mantra and the result was a fair few penalties, a fight to respond to a borderline hit, and what I'd call a loss of focus at times. The Senators aren't a good enough team to make the Canucks pay for this sort of shenanigans, but I'd prefer the Canucks stuck to a more straight up variation of jerk-puck. Also, when discussing referees after games, can we get the team a collective muzzle? A more detailed recap and chance data after the jump.

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Wither Raffi Torres?

Thomas Drance
December 11 2011 12:59PM

Our good friend Shane M (Socialasssassin2 on twitter) has an open invitation to join Canucks Army, but he prefers to just chime in on his own schedule. Previously in this space he's written a well recieved take about the Wayne Simmonds incident. He's inarguably an intelligent, funny and engaged sports fan, with a unique perspective and a habit of stealing his mother's liqour (according to a particular Rogers Sportsnet Host). Here he is chiming in on the Canucks "team toughness" issues. If you like what you read, please go pressure him to blog more!

The Following is a Guest Post From: Shane M

Where have you gone, Raffi Torres?

Last night, in the Nation's capital, the Ottawa Senators attempted to run the Vancouver Canucks out of the building, city and perhaps, the country. Did they succeed? No, but they left Cody Hodgson dazed and confused (although Alain Vigneault said Hodgson is "fine").

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