August 21 2013 09:20PM
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New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is on his way to Vancouver, slowly winding his way across the continent in a converted van with his wife and four dogs. But he took a break from his remote Wisconsin getaway to chat with Vancouver media on Wednesday evening, and wouldn't you know it, he said something indirectly referring to analytics that caught our eye. Per shooting percentage enthusiast Jason Botchford:
(Tortorella's) open to a more scientific, analytical approach to managing his team, something Canucks GM Mike Gillis presented to him early in their courtship.
“I think I’m going to learn from him because he’s into the science of the game and that’s something where I’m a bit of a Neanderthal,” Tortorella said. “I want to learn more about it.
“People should know, (Gillis) is leaving no stone unturned trying to find an edge.”
Let's unpack this comment after the jump.
August 21 2013 07:47PM
I have some thoughts on this uneven spot of Vancouver professional sports franchise #shapheat, and the awful timing of the exchange from a Canucks perspective. I'll share them with you after the jump.
August 07 2013 09:52AM
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At the 2013 NHL Draft, not long after stunning the hockey world with the consummation of the Cory Schneider deal, the Canucks made Oshawa Generals centreman Cole Cassels their third pick of the draft. A two-way centreman with "NHL bloodlines" (Cassels' father is former Canucks centreman Andrew Cassels) scouting reports are divided on Cassels' offensive upside, but uniformly commend his physical play and willingness to block shots. That mostly meshes with what I've seen of Cassels in the past.
Cassels played a somewhat limited role and was sheltered behind two excellent two-way OHL centremen in Boone Jenner and Scott Laughton in Oshawa last season. I'd mention that in past viewings, Cassels hasn't particularly stood out to me as a likely NHL player. Still, I had Cassels a bit higher on my list than 18 (I had him at 15). Based on his age, versatility and production; Cassels represents a better bet to develop into an NHL caliber asset, in my view, than a whole slew of centre prospects who will appear ahead of Cassels on our consensus list.
Read past the jump for more.
July 23 2013 11:40AM
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On Friday an agreement between the IOC and the NHL was reached, which will allow professional men's hockey players to compete in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. Shortly thereafter the Olympic schedule was released, followed promptly by the Canadian and American orientation camp rosters. On Tuesday the Swedes and Finns followed suit, and the North American nations named their respective coaching staffs.
So by this point we have a good feel for which Canucks players and coaches will be involved (or not) in the 2014 Olympic games. Beyond that there are a variety of players who may yet force their way onto their respective national team's rosters and, of course, there are a couple of players (and coaches) whom we might describe as having been snubbed.
Let's get into it further after the jump.
July 10 2013 09:12AM
It's summer time and that means the hockey news cycle is light. It also means it's time to wear t-shirts, the perfect summer garment. Simply put the summer tee has never been improved upon as a piece of warm weather clothing since time immemorial. And that's despite American Apparel's efforts to "innovate" with things like a v-neck collar so deep it shows off your dick...
And wouldn't you know it, we have some pretty sweet CanucksArmy Gear T-Shirts for sale featuring The Stanchion's limited edition "It's a Riot" Design (as voted on by our readers). But they're only available until Friday, then the t-shirts will go away forever, and you'll be left wearing out of style plaid and flop sweating like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News all summer long.
Still not convinced? Need to hear a hard sell first? Okay. Read past the jump.