June 28 2011 11:45AM
The evil empire is re-loading - are you ready to Embrace the Hate?
(Thanks to @notafullcolon for the photoshop work.)
The week before July 1st tends to be a lot less interesting than the week before the draft – and this year has been no different. In comparison with Holmgren's drinking binge, the comedy of errors that was the Albertan team bidding war for Ryan Smyth, and the draft itself – a week of qualifying offers and over-priced extensions seems dreary – but there is still much to discuss.
Gillis – the former player agent – has been especially busy the last couple of days, inking two players yesterday in Bieksa and Lapierre, qualifying two RFAs (Hansen and Oreskovich), and choosing not to qualify diminutive defenseman Lee “Rudy” Sweatt, and skilled Russian winger Sergei Shirokov. Lets take a quick look at the moves he made, and their implications going forward:
June 21 2011 10:00AM
It's been hard to deal with, but in a contest of wills, the Bruins won. Now it's time for the Canucks, and their fans to look forwards.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canucks fans tend to be pretty emotional, and I'm no different. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise then, that I haven't written a single word on the Canucks since last Wednesday's game 7 pantsing, and the thoroughly embarrassing riot that followed. It has been a rough week.
I watched Monday's game 6 at a bar, and within minutes regretted it. It's tough to be in public when the Canucks get blown-out, and the game 6 loss left me particularly dejected. Not even good company, delicious wings and ribs were enough to cheer me up.
I spent Tuesday in a fatalistic stupor, and though I managed to work up a certain false arrogance for Wednesday, I had a premonition of what was to come. I watched the game at home, I wasn't going to spend another night moping in a bar. Even before the first goal was scored, the game was agony.
To twist what Pat Riley said about the Heat-Mavs NBA Finals series recently – it's hip and popular to say that the Canucks choked, but really the Bruins went out and took the cup. Lets give credit where it's due: the Bruins dominated those last two games. Tim Thomas clearly got good value for his soul – because that old man was unbeatable. In game 7, the Bruins simply wanted it more and played a great game to ensure their Cup victory.
June 20 2011 01:52PM
The Canucks have some tough decisions to make, none more difficult than what to do with Roberto Luongo.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
This is a fan-post written by Malcolm Ert.
I still can’t believe what happened on Wednesday night. Like a lot of you, I was so sure the whole year that the Canucks were destined to win it all. I think Bieksa said it best “I don’t think you ever get over a SCF game 7 loss.” I once lost a winner takes all championship game like this one, obviously, it was high-school sports so it's not even remotely on the same level – but I do know it hurts and that you never get over it. But there is nothing we, or anyone else, can do about it now - I know I did everything thing i could at game 5 as a fan, so on to the next one...
The one thing the 11/12 Nucks will have the 10/11 team didn’t is the taste of the finals. The desire to get back might have been absent had the team drunk from the cup. So yes, i will once again be put money on our boys in Vegas. The core will want this badly now, more so than before. However, Gillis and company do need to make some tweaks. Sure, I would take the exact roster again next year, but in a capped world – that's not really an option. Changes are coming.
June 07 2011 01:43PM
If a goon puts his fingers in your mouth, that is trespassing and the UN authorizes you to use "any necessary means" to expel the intruder.
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward))
It's with a heavy-heart that I write this game review. Last night sucked, all around. If you're a Bruins fan, the 7 goal victory probably provides some consolation, but my guess is you'd trade 6 of those goals for a healthy Horton going forward. The writers at Canucksarmy wish Horton a speedy, full recovery and our thoughts are with him, his family and his teammates this afternoon. We've gone on record many times criticizing the NHLs, and the NHLPAs abject failure to protect their players from head-injuries – so despite Rome's harsh punishment, we applaud the league for having the stones to do the right thing in this instance.
June 05 2011 01:11PM
Om Nom Nom
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
From the stellar ratings, to the nicknacks in Harper's office - Canada clearly cares about the Canucks. Whether you're rooting for the Canucks, or obsessing over your hatred for their greasy, diving ways – you're watching the games, and you have an opinion. So they don't “represent you” - of course they don't – unless you were born in Vancouver, moved there, or developed an affection for the team through the osmosis of knowing, dating, or working with a huge fan. Obviously, the only team that represents Canada is the national team. Either way, Canada cares what happens to this team, and lots of neutral fans are rooting for them – that's just fact.