Graphic Comments: You win some, you lose some

Graphic Comments
November 06 2015 09:51AM


I'm torn. I mean, I am a Canucks fan. On any given night, I want to see them win.

But at the same time, I have seen nothing to indicate that there's any sort of foundation on which to build a contender here.

So I also want them to fall enough in the standings so that they are sellers at the deadline and wind up not only with a high first round pick next June, but also a cupboard full of other picks acquired by trading away some of the looming UFAs.

Now, I didn't always feel this way.

Read Article | 11 Comments

Graphic Comments: And Patrick Kane Played On

Graphic Comments
September 25 2015 12:41PM


As I watch the NHL sail into a new season, I am reminded of the Titanic on its maiden voyage, sailing full steam ahead despite warnings of ice in the area. The Titanic, you see, was not like other ships. It was unsinkable. Until it hit the ice.

Similarly, the NHL continues to hold its course despite a variety of warning signs, all the while clinging to the notion that it's not like other leagues. NHL, you see, is not like other leagues. Its players "know what's right and wrong." Until they hit their spouse.

Or worse.

Read Article | 14 Comments

Graphic Comments: #pleaselikemysport

Graphic Comments
September 11 2015 07:36PM


For the second time this week, Pierre Lebrun has whitewashed the NHL's image in light of the arrests, convictions and criminal investigations of a number of its players.

The first time he was writing about the LA Kings specifically, and then today a more general piece on the NHL and NHLPA's plans to provide more education to players, presumably, on how to behave like decent human beings.

But the problem I have with both of these pieces is the lengths he goes to tells us that the NHL is different from those other sports. These are just "disconnected arrests or incidents" according to Lebrun.

Indeed, they are. But is he suggesting that the incidents plaguing the NFL, for example, are connected?

Why does the NFL get a bad rap, while the NHL remains "accustomed to a clean image"?

What if instead of Richards, Voynov and Patrick Kane we were talking about Ho-Sang, Subban and Evander Kane?

Read Article | 14 Comments

Graphic Comments: I Give Up

Graphic Comments
September 04 2015 06:04PM


Seriously, I give up.

Look, it's one thing to disagree with me on Benning's plan or lack thereof.

But now you guys want Benning to sign Lucic next summer? That is seriously insane.

Have you learned nothing reading Canucks Army all these years?


Where do I even start?

Well, I suppose I should start at the beginning...

Read Article | 54 Comments

Graphic Comments: Not So Great Expectations

Graphic Comments
August 26 2015 05:12PM


So in the last few weeks we've had a rash of blog posts and commentary about Jim Benning's "plan" for the Canucks. The takes range from "Benning has a great plan and he's making great deals just like when Gillis brought in Sundin" to "Benning has a plan, and don't worry if it makes you uneasy because look at the dumb moves Gillis made in his first couple years, like bringing in Sundin."

Now, do I think Benning has a plan? Sure. He has a plan. I don't particularly think it's a great plan, but he has one. The question, really, is whether or not this plan to retool on the fly, rather than tear it down and rebuild it is the way to go.

The interesting bit to me, is that Trevor Linden doesn't seem to think the full rebuild can work in this market. That the fans won't put up with it. But I've been around here long enough to know that what this fan base really won't put up with, is unrealistic expectations.

Read Article | 41 Comments