GAME #72 SCORING CHANCES: Avalanche @ Canucks, MAR. 16/11 (4-2 WIN)

Thomas Drance
March 16 2011 10:48PM

 Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21053

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Thomas Drance
March 10 2011 03:09PM

I had an awful week as a hockey fan. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Thomas Drance
March 03 2011 11:17AM

 

Hamhuis hip checks Jakub Voracek into the 19th century. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

 

It has been a busy week in Canuckistan. On Sunday, the team hosted super-skills, and a curious twitter controversy erupted over media independence; on Monday – Gillis acquired reinforcements just before the deadline; on Tuesday – ghastly superimposed ads appeared behind the glass – sending fans into paroxysms of general annoyance. Ironically, the least exciting part of last week was Tuesday nights game...

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The Canucks at the Deadline

Thomas Drance
February 28 2011 07:42PM

 

Photo of Canucks GM Mike Gillis courtesy the Vancouver Sun.

 

Gillis at the Deadline:

This wasn't Mike Gillis' first trade deadline as an NHL GM, but it was certainly his most revealing. In 2009, Gillis stood pat – Sundin had been his big midseason acquisition and Gillis was still restocking a feeder system left atrophied by the Burke/Nonis regime. (*) In 2010, Gillis had more pieces to play with; early in the day he moved disgruntled former client Mathieu Schneider, and swapped AHLers with St. Louis. In his biggest splash of the day – the word “splash” being applied generously in this case – Gillis exchanged a third rounder with Jim Rutherford for Andrew Alberts right at the deadline. Though it's a small sample size, there is a pattern that corroborates two things Gillis often reiterates to fans and the media – he prefers not to make large deals at the trade deadline, though he is comfortable waiting to the last minute, or as he ironically calls it: “working to a deadline.” 

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The Raymond Misconception

Thomas Drance
February 23 2011 02:48PM

Photo (Nick Didlick/Getty Images)

As expectations surrounding the Vancouver Canucks have skyrocketed the past couple of years - fans have developed a tendency to deal with defeat by blaming individual players for team performance. Mitchell and Luongo were the goats after the 09 Blackhawks loss, and Bieksa took a lot of flack all summer for the most recent loss to Chicago. In both cases – I'd suggest to you that the consensus view was unfair.

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