#IsItOctoberYet

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September 05 2014 11:37AM

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NO, it's not. Now quit asking. 

Sheesh.

As any Canuck fan worth her or his salt will tell you, it's not October until the sky starts falling. Literally and figuratively.

But as we wait for the rainy Canucks' season to start, let's review some of the things making news around the NHL as the dog days of summer come to a close...

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Fighting Is Pointless. Literally.

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August 16 2014 08:00AM

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Now that the Stats Wars are over, I expect the next bastion of hockey traditionalists to fall to be the role of fourth line energy guy designated fighter. Because, really, having a guy like Colton Orr taking up a roster spot is literally pointless.

If you missed it, Trevor Linden was on Team1040 a couple of weeks back and he openly questioned the role of fighting in hockey. Interestingly, Linden also singled out Coach's Corner as one of the leading influences in promoting the need for that role. Can't wait to see Cherry stomp on his "Trevor Linden for Rookie of the Year" button.

Anyway, Linden's bigger point is that this mentality that you need an enforcer to protect your stars or provide an energy boost, or shift momentum by doing some face punching, has been coached in. But if you look around the league, the successful teams have started taking that option away from their coaches.

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You Can Take The Blogger Out Of The Basement...Well, Maybe Not

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August 08 2014 10:19AM

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Wow, guess that was a bad time to take a couple of weeks off, what with bloggers getting hired by real life NHL teams. I hope I didn't miss any calls.

But in case you've been living under a rock, the advanced stats coming out party continued this week with news that Tyler Dellow (aka @mc79hockey) was hired by the Oilers to consult directly with head coach Dallas Eakins over the coming season. This is an interesting development for several reasons, not the least of which is that it's now a little bit safer to give Twitter a try.

More on the other, less snarky, reasons after the jump.

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You Know You're In The Off-Season When...

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July 18 2014 01:27PM

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Wow, it really is the silly season, isn't it?

While the default here on the coast is bleak pessimism and recrimination no matter what time of year, our friends up in Northern Alberta have no shortage of optimism when it comes to anything related to oil it seems. That includes the local hockey team, which, coincidentally enough, is named for the stuff. So it makes sense that they would be resistant to reality, no matter how much evidence there is to support it.

So why have I chosen now to pick on the Oilers? Well, it all started with that little poll the right... ---->

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This Canucks Season Hinges On Draft Selections

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July 11 2014 01:37PM

It's all about draft selection.

In what may be the most important move they make this off-season, the Canucks have brought in a professional bartender to spruce up the beverages at Rogers Arena. Too bad it didn't happen last year, given how much time Canucks' fans spent crying in their already watery beer. Hopefully Jay Jones' first order of business is to add a little character to their draft beer selection.

On the flip side, if only Trevor Linden and Jim Benning realized that what their draft pick selections could use is a little less character...

Oh well, maybe next year they can bring in a professional scouting team. Sigh.

Anyway, the draft is done and it's not like they made bad picks, it's just that they could have made better ones. So let's move on to taking a look at just what Jim Benning has planned for this team.

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