Chicago Wolves Set Clear Day Roster

Thomas Drance
March 06 2012 09:48AM

Photo Courtesy Chris Jerina.

Today is the day AHL teams submit their "Clear Day Rosters." What that means is that, as of today, the Chicago Wolves roster is frozen in effect, and they'll be unable to add additional players barring an emergency injury or recall situation. Here's what the AHL says about the by-law: 

Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2011-12 AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.

Teams may also add signed draft choices and players signed to amateur tryout contracts, provided that their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

The full Chicago Wolves clear day roster and some analysis after the jump.

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Headshots March 5th

Thomas Drance
March 05 2012 03:55PM

My favorite part of Saturday's game was Booth retrieving the puck Kassian is posing with above.
Booth really likes rookie skaters.

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 Thom at

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Game #67 Preview: Hello Old Friends

Thomas Drance
March 03 2012 10:32AM


Less than a week ago, Mike Gillis altered the franchise's immediate and long-term trajectory by dealing a rookie heralded as the second coming of Linden, and sending him to Buffalo. Yes, a week ago today Cody Hodgson was a member of the Vancouver Canucks (though he'd just had a meeting with the coach, and indirectly forced the team's hand over three minutes of ice-time per game). Today: he returns to Vancouver to face the Canucks as a member of the Sabres, a hockey team that represents inarguably the crappiest, loser town in North America. 

There are Canucks fans who fell so deeply and irrationally in love with Cody Hodgson's shooting percentage and youthful charm, that they'll be rooting for the rookie to play well in Vancouver tonight. I'm not one of those Canucks fans. I for one, hope Vigneault has money on the board tonight: half of it for the team keeping Hodgson off the scoresheet, and the other half for targeting him physically every chance they get. 

A more thorough preview, the three keys to the game and underlying numbers after the jump!

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The Five Stages of Grief, or a Mason Raymond Shootout Attempt

Thomas Drance
February 29 2012 10:14AM

You'll never guess what happened next... Well, that is unless you guessed "he didn't score and then fell down."

I remain convinced that Mason Raymond is a valuable forward for the Vancouver Canucks. Holding that opinon puts me in the extreme minority of Canucks fans, bloggers and observers, however. Basically for me to be correct on this one nearly everybody else who covers the team, and 98% of the team's fans have to be completely and totally wrong. Put another way, if Raymond is as valuable as I think he is, that would have to make him the most under-appreciated and misunderstood athlete in the history of the Canucks franchise.

Well, I am right about Raymond. Even though everybody hates the guy, he's a quality contributor and had a big game last night (despite his woeful shootout attempt and collection of pratfalls). Raymond consistently drive possession, helps the Canucks outshoot their opponents and plays stellar defense. What a bum. 

Anyway, I'm not going to do what you think I'm going to do - I'm not going to use objective data to prove that Raymond is a valuable contributor to the team. Instead I'm going to explore the psychological damage Raymond's mere presence on the team and in the shootout is causing Canucks fans. Click past the jump to find out more!

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Canucks close out road trip with shootout loss to the Coyotes: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 28 2012 11:48PM

Kassian tries to direct a Henrik Sedin feed past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
The Canucks newest acquisition impressed in the team's 2-1 SO loss in Glendale.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tonight's game between the Coyotes and the Canucks got off to a typically slow start, but somehow on the way to the Forum, it turned into a wide-open hockey game and a goaltenders duel. The Canucks got the opening marker on a first period power-play, when Alex Edler directed a pass in the general vicinity of the Coyotes net. The puck deflected off of multiple Coyotes defenders and past Mike Smith. 

From there the Canucks continued to generate shots, but had few scoring chances and looked lost in the first fifteen minutes of the second frame. I think it's fair to describe the team's breakout in the second and third periods as conservative, and so was their cycle game. The team fell into the "get traffic and set up points shots" offense as the Coyotes out-chanced Vancouver's club mostly against the flow of possession. 

The Coyotes caught a break with 10 minutes to go in the game, when "the Wizard" Ray Whitney capitalized on an ugly rebound that Cory Schneider coughed up off of a 120 foot Keith Yandle shot. The goal shook the Canucks out of their mid-game slumber, and they dominated what remained of the game but couldn't beat Mike Smith. Smith shut the door over the balance of the third, throughout OT and then stoned both Canucks shooters in the skills competition to earn the NHL's hottest team yet another two points.

A more detailed recap, scoring chance data, and the statistical three stars and goats after the jump!

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