March 07 2014 01:19PM
Ah, those were the days.
I'm typing these words up at 6:09 on a Thursday evening, between the afternoon and the evening curling draws at the Brier. It's not that I find curling more exciting than hockey, but I don't think I've watched a full Vancouver Canucks game beginning-to-end since their game against Toronto right before the Olympic break, and before then, well, yeah.
I was born in Vancouver, grew up in Vancouver and have lived 98% of my life in British Columbia. I've also spent about 40% of my life watching sports. It would shock my 15-year-old self that my 25-year-old self doesn't watch Canucks games all the time anymore, nor particularly cares where they finish in the standings. I'm not sure quite what did me in, but I haven't cheered for a goal since the Stanley Cup riot (well, except that time Chris Tanev happened).
There's a TV behind me tuned to TSN replaying the Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore incident on repeat, doing a 10-part series because of the 10-year anniversary of March 8. 2004. Yeah, I was at that game too. I remember the date.
March 07 2014 11:09AM
Image courtesy of UticaComets.com
While you were busy focusing on the Roberto Luongo trade, and whether or not Ryan Kesler should be dealt, I was pounding the pavement, looking to find some answers to the question of the day for those of you prospects junkies out there: "who the heck is Jeff Costello?".
The team made three trades during this year's trade deadline frenzy, and from a prospect perspective, the impact was fairly limited. Jeff Costello was brought in, and Patrick Mullen/Steven Anthony were shipped out.
Just past the jump we'll have some thoughts on that, though, as well as all of the latest Comets Militia updates, and all of the other things you've become accustomed to reading up on here (OHL, WHL, ECHL, NCAA, and even Europe). We do it all.
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
March 06 2014 11:02PM
"Must-win game!" "Biggest game of the year!" "Fighting for their playoff lives!"
Those are all things you probably heard leading up to tonight's showdown with the 2nd-place-in-the-wildcard Dallas Stars. Since Vancouver was sitting just two points back of the Stars but with two more games played, a loss would really go a long way to pushing Vancouver's season to the brink. You'd expect then that the Canucks would come out flying in a desperate attempt to gain some oh-so-valuable ground on one of the teams they're chasing, right?
Haha, wrong! Vancouver learned the hard way that you cannot stop Jamie Benn, you can only hope to contain him. He and Tyler Seguin combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in a 6-1 beatdown of the Canucks in the first game of the post-Luongo era. Read past the jump for a recap and possibly some group therapy. Possibly.
March 06 2014 08:30PM
Screengrab via Play Now Sports
All of the talk in Vancouver leaving yesterday's trade deadline had to do with the one that the Canucks didn't make, rather than the two they did. The way the rumours had been given an opportunity to gain steam and marinate in the week leading up to it surely played into that, as did Ryan Kesler's tweet (and awkward way of trying to deflect the attention afterwards, except not really).
How the team handled the entire situation has been a polarizing topic. Without being in the room, we may never know the full story of how close a trade actually was at any time leading up to the deadline, but the fact of the matter is that the Canucks are a fast-sinking ship, and a seemingly malcontent Kesler is still here.
A case can certainly be made that it would've behooved the team to expedite his departure from the situation in an attempt to begin the "retooling" as Mike Gillis calls it, but - strap into your seats - I'm actually of the belief that the Canucks were wise to note cater to the contenders that circled them once they smelled blood.
March 06 2014 02:44PM
Made it to Dallas! pic.twitter.com/upSd8mIN9k— Shawn Matthias (@ShawnMatthias) March 5, 2014
The Trade Deadline has come and gone, and Ryan Kesler is still a Canuck. After parting ways with the best goaltender in the franchise's history the day prior, the team had itself a quiet, underwhelming day, much to its fanbase's chagrin.
Right now all of talk around these parts is about the move that they didn't make, rather than the ones that they did. A lot of time and energy has been spent speculating what the package(s) Mike Gillis turned down were, and whether he didn't make the move because he wasn't satisfied with the return or because of last minute meddling from the guys above him on the pecking order.
That's not a story that'll die down anytime soon, and if the team continues down the losing path it has been on for weeks now, it'll more than likely serve as just the tip of the iceberg. When it rains, it pours, and that's when all of this stuff starts to leak out.
But for now, they've got 18 more games to play before this dreadful 2013-14 season is over with, and they move one step closer to that feat with a match-up against the Stars on Thursday night in Dallas. If Shawn Matthias' triumphant arrival to the lineup doesn't exactly peak your interest, maybe local boys Jamie Benn, Brenden Dillon, and The One That Got Away will.