November 15 2016 11:00AM
The NHL is made up of 30 teams vying for one prize. They may not all be at the same part of that process, but ultimately, the goal for every team is to win the Stanley Cup (and make money along the way).
With the implications of the salary cap running concurrent with that common goal, every team is working from the same starting point. It's an efficiency contest, first and foremost. Teams should tap into any unexplored market, and exploit any and all advantage found therein.
November 15 2016 08:35AM
Welcome to Episode Four of this season's Canucks Army Podcast. J.D. Burke and myself talk about the emergence of Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin. These two young defensemen have been a beacon of light for this struggling Canucks team so far this season. We also look at the defense as a whole and how it shapes up this season by evaluating the defense corps, and we look at what is coming through the pipeline.
November 14 2016 03:07PM
After a weekend in Utica, Jake Virtanen was back on the ice with the Vancouver Canucks at the team’s Monday morning practice at Rogers Arena. It may be a while yet, however, before the big winger returns to the team’s line-up.
Sent to the American Hockey League for two games in an attempt to recapture his waning confidence, Virtanen failed to make any noticeable impact in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. A night later, Virtanen registered a game-high six shots on goal and while he didn’t figure in the scoring felt he was able to leave his mark on the contest – a game the Comets won 3-2 in overtime.
November 14 2016 01:00PM
Photo credit: Sarah Hobday
I missed the Comets weekly report last week (my apologies), but even though the Comets have played an extra pair of games, I couldn't deprive the loyal local fans of the farm team a review of the lost week. I'll give a bit of a stripped down rundown of the three games that took place between October 31st and November 6th, and a newer edition of the weekly update (on last weekend's games) will appear in the next couple of days.
This was a bad week for the Comets, there's not really any way around that - three losses and just a single points to show for them. A least we can take solace in the fact that the following week went marginally better. But we'll get to that.
November 14 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks didn't just win one game this week. They won two. I can barely believe it myself, but it's a thing, and it happened. Last time the Canucks pulled that off they were on their way to their best start in franchise history. Ah, a simpler time.
Is this a sign of things to come? Doubtful. The Canucks probably aren't as bad as their eleven losses in twelve games might indicate. By that same token, I have my doubts they're anywhere near as potent offensively as Kari Lehtonen made them look. Maybe there's a middle-ground?
Well, onward to the questions. Answers too I suppose.