September 20 2014 10:37AM
"That's basically for the preseason, you always have in your mind where guys might fit in. But it changes, how the chemistry works. That's what your preseason is for. So we'll get a look at guys in different situations and we'll get some real good combinations coming out of it."
That was Willie Desjardins during Thursday's media day, responding to a question about the process of forming satisfactory lineup combinations, and when it all starts to take shape. It's still early yet in said process, but that doesn't mean that there aren't a few talking points stemming from the team's first session of full practices in Whistler.
September 19 2014 09:41AM
"Mommy, who is Mr. GoodYear?"
This week word got out that Gary Bettman and the NHL turned down the idea of putting ads on NHL jerseys in order to create more revenue. This is good news, because it means we won't be confusing a corporate logo for a name bar anytime soon
The bad news is that some sports marketing experts scoffed at the idea that jersey ads are not in our inevitable, Skynet like future. In their world, Terminator 2 shows up to stop Judgement Day, except he's wearing a Nike jacket and holding a Louis Vuitton purse (let's assume he hides his gun in there). In case you want a stark reminder of what that future could look like, read past the jump (see what I did there?)
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September 19 2014 05:30AM
Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.
September 18 2014 06:28PM
Frank Corrado (26) leans to take away centring pass option on Flames' entry. One of the better defensive transition sets seen by Canucks in this game.
The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.
Apologies to Canucks Army readers for the late reports. I've decided to combine these reports as I'm sure you've had a chance to see the games (or at least box scores).
The Canucks used this tournament very differently than the other three teams, and differently than they have in the past. Various AHL-experienced players still eligible for this tournament were left off the roster, and injury and illness carved the numbers down further. Ten invites seemed at first to just be filler, but my best guess is that Benning considered this past weekend an opportunity to add talent in yet another unorthodox way. We know Benning discussed the impressive play of invitee Curtis Valk. He was moved into the 2C role for games two and three and continued to impress. I believe Kyle Humphries - who turned down a Canucks PTO last year - and Austin Lotz may have earned some consideration as well. That's possibly three new additions to the organization, in which case Benning may have been the winner this weekend even though his club struggled.
Inside are my notes about the Canucks' developing system and team play as context for the player reports below.
September 18 2014 03:40PM
As is an annual tradition, the Vancouver Canucks made most of their players - to go along with the head coach and GM - available to the media this morning, signalling the official start of the new season's training camp.
Whether it was coming from one of the veteran players or one of the many newcomers being thrust into the spotlight, there were a couple of talking points that seemed pervasive throughout. They were of a singularly positive nature, though as Chris Higgins astutely reminded us, "everything looks good in the summer." He would know what does and doesn't look good.
Video and a few choice quotes past the jump.