Kevin Bieksa and the "diving list"

Thomas Drance
August 22 2012 08:54PM

 
Kevin Bieksa wants the diving to stop.

As a team, the Canucks have a reputation for being the diviest divers in diverville. During the London 2012 games for example, Twitter was routinely ravaged by predictable jokes that riffed on Vancouver's NHL club using Olympic diving events as a... uh... springboard. I suppose that's the cost of having players who are reputed to be "floppy," and the Canucks employ several in the Sedin twins (not actually divers), Maxim Lapierre, Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo, and Ryan "tumbleweed" Kesler.

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Laurence Gilman and the Ark of the Covenant

Thomas Drance
August 21 2012 03:46PM

 

On Tuesday afternoon Canucks Assistant General Manager and "master negotiator" Laurence Gilman co-hosted the mid-day show on the Team 1040, alongside Matt Sekeres (listen to the first hour of the podcast here). Gilman and Sekeres talked about the difficulty of making trades when you're up against the salary cap, they spoke about Shane Doan, and which Canucks uniforms are the most attractive (the flying V? Are you kidding me?). 

More revealingly, Gilman gave us some insight into the way the Canucks recruit players, and how they negotiate extensions with their own players. Considering the undeniable quality of the management team's contract work over the past four years, I think some of his comments are worth examining in further detail.

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On Aquilini and the Abbotsford Heat

Thomas Drance
August 20 2012 03:42PM

Over the weekend, Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun dropped a report, which suggested that Canucks owner - real estate magnate Francesco Aquilini - is planning on taking a run at the financial and marketing catastrophe known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, and their primary tenant the Abbotsford Heat.

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Prospect Profile: #10 Joe Cannata

Thomas Drance
August 20 2012 12:58PM

 

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Cannata's development over the past couple of seasons has the Canucks, and many of the club's fans excited. He checks in as the #10 prospect on our list.

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An Improvement in Competition Metrics: The Sedins Play The Tough Minutes

Thomas Drance
August 19 2012 01:49PM


Hey lookie here, it's a Sedin facing the opposition's top defenseman. Quel surprise!

The application of advanced analytics to hockey has allowed us to better contextualize offensive production. Generally speaking however, I think our understanding and ability to "rate" offensive play lags behind our ability to evaluate defensive play (for now). 

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