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.
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?
September 04 2015 06:04PM
Seriously, I give up.
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...
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.
July 18 2015 10:00AM
Well, it's been over a week since the Canucks held their annual Summer Summit event for season ticket holders. It's basically an orgy of wasted food and discounted merchandise followed by a chance to hear from the Canucks brain trust and even ask them a few questions.
As you can expect, it was a complete train wreck this year, given some of the player decisions the team has made lately. You can watch it in all it's glory here.
But the one thing I'm still not quite over is the bomb dropped by Jim Benning in response to fans voicing their displeasure at the Eddie Lack trade. I'm not even sure Benning intended to let this one out of the bag, but he did.
The Canucks could have moved Ryan Miller and his $12 million contract, but chose not to. Instead, they chose to move the cheaper, and better, Eddie Lack.
So yeah. I need a drink.