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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There's No Such Thing As A #FreeTorts

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March 14 2014 10:54AM

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Yes. That is how much it will cost Francesco Aquillini to free Torts from his responsibilities. 

Whatever those are. 

I mean, he runs as few practices as he can get away with. Doesn't attend game-day skates. Heck, he's even delegated his in-game tirades during time-outs to his assistant coach.

The point is, whatever it is that John Tortorella does for the Canucks, it's not coaching.

So if it's true that Tortorella was not Mike Gillis' candidate-of-choice for to replace the departed Alain Vigneault last summer, but rather a hire made at the insistence of the Canucks' owner, then Gillis has a very small window to fix that mistake before it costs him his job. And if there's one thing Gillis should now a thing or two about, it's rapidly closing windows.

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USA Hockey Announces Their Olympic Dream Team, Literally

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January 04 2014 10:12AM

Either way, it's a dream team.

Yes, between David Poile having a guilt-ridden dream about leaving Jack Johnson off the team, and Brian Burke waking up in a sweat over a Seth Jones turnover, it was quite the selection process. I know the US men's basketball team has had success at the Olympics after putting together a dream team, but I don't think this is what they had in mind...

In what was purely a PR move, USA Hockey decided to allow two reporters to sit in on the meetings and conference calls that were part of the selection process for the men's Olympic hockey team. The stories from the two reporters "embedded" in the process, Scott Burnside for ESPN.com and Kevin Allen for USA Today, were to be part of a coordinated reveal on, sadly, the biggest night of the NHL season in the United States: January 1.

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Brian Burke Is Running Cowtown

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December 13 2013 01:07PM

Brian Burke is running cowtown

His hair's sticking out
He's wearing a tie
Feaster is out
I'm telling you why
Brian Burke is running cowtown

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