Afternoon Headshots: March 5th

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 06:43PM


Biesellent is such dad humour.
Via Sealcat, who else?

Today at our humble old Canucks blog we guffawed at some funny photos of Zack Kassian, tried our best (and mostly failed) to figure out whether or not Nicklas Jensen was AHL eligible following his successful season in the Swedish Elite League, laughed at the ineptitude of the Northwest Division and previewed tonight's contest between the Canucks and the Sharks.

Lots of other Canucks news happened too (okay, not lots but some!) and we'll recap it after the jump.

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Nicklas Jensen finishes off his SEL Season, will be assigned to Chicago this week

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 02:22PM

 
Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with AIK in October.
Photo Uncredited Via Expressen.

On Tuesday morning Nicklas Jensen's season with Swedish Elite League team AIK came to an end, and he scored a third period goal to seal the win in his final game. According to Vancouver's Assistant General Manager Lorne Henning, Nicklas Jensen will be assigned to Chicago on Friday.

That said his eligibility for American Hockey League action isn't quite a slam-dunk yet.

Read on past the jump for more.

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An Extraordinarily Silly Zack Kassian Photo Gallery

Thomas Drance
March 04 2013 06:32PM


Zack Kassian reacts to the news that another blogger put together a photogallery of funny photos of him.
All photos in this post from Grainne's Sealcat tumblr.

I'm not sure what it is about Zack Kassian that makes him so ceaslessly photogenic, but it's undeniable.

Maybe it's his ability to grow multiple different types of hilarious facial hair? Or maybe it's that his wild hair and receding hairline makes him look like a cross between a lumberjack and a wildabeast? Or perhaps it's that gap-toothed grin that just screams "1970's hockey"? Whether or not it's one of those factors, or the unique combination of all three, cameras just love Zack Kassian and I'm far from the first person to notice it.  Already in this young hockey season multiple hockey bloggers like Rob the Hockey Guy and Justin Bourne have built Zack Kassian photo gallerys, and both posts owned.

Maybe it's overkill for me to get into it as well, but I found a whole whack of hilarious Kassian photos that I hadn't seen before on Tumblr today, and I figured I had to put them into a post. Read on past the jump for more.

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Afternoon Headshots: March 4th

Thomas Drance
March 04 2013 05:18PM


In this particular .gif Jordan Schroeder appears to be a puppet.
Photo Courtesy: SedinTwins.

After a week off, headshots are back! I'm going to change the structure of these posts a bit, and begin by recapping the day that was at Canucks Army. Other Canucks-related links will appear on the other side of the jump. 

It was a big weekend for the Canucks and a busy content weekend for Canucks Army too! We kicked off our Saturday with the Canucks week in quips, considered Jordan Schroeder's offensive upside and capped the day off by thoroughly enjoying Vancouver's complete dismantling of the Los Angeles Kings on Hockey Night in Canada. On Sunday we learned more about what goes into cutting a hockey highlight package, pondered whether or not Mike Gillis really knew that Ryan O'Relly would've had to clear waivers had the Canucks signed him to an offer sheet, and were underwhelmed by Vancouver's exhausted performance in Calgary. Today we fleshed out the reasons behind Keith Ballard's most recent press box stint and marvelled at Cory Schneider's Vancouver Millionaires mask.

More Canucks links and other fun stuff on the other side of the jump!

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Free Keith Ballard

Thomas Drance
March 04 2013 03:18PM

 
Keith Ballard is back in the doghouse following a strong start to the 2013 season.
Andy Marlin/Getty Images North America

For whatever reason, whether it's his relationship with headcoach Alain Vigneault or an inability to fit in with the Canucks' system, Keith Ballard's Vancouver Canucks tenure has been a blackhole. The fleet of foot defenseman with the marvelous hips was acquired prior to the 2010 NHL draft in exchange for Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier and the pick that became Quinton Howden. Since then Keith Ballard has gone from a steady tough-minutes top-four defenseman to a (probably) untradable asset and a likely buyout candidate. It has been a mind-boggling fall from grace, and a borderline inexplicable one.

While Keith Ballard has handled the situation in gamely fashion publicly, it's clear that his latest stint in the pressbox (coming as it did on the heels of a steady first sixteen or so games to start this season) has frustrated the Canucks defenseman. Talking to the folks from News1130, Ballard's agent Ben Hankinson revealed as much on Monday morning, and said that he'd be talking to the Canucks about the situation:

Let's get into it on the other side of the jump.

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