May 16 2014 09:26AM
Let me advise you against uttering the words "things can only get better" in front of Alex Burrows these days, or he may very well slap you right across the face. The sad irony of that is that were he to do so, he'd probably go on to fracture his hand and miss another 4-6 weeks of action.
It has been that kind of year for Burrows, who after missing a combined 33 games during the NHL regular season with a broken foot and jaw, left this morning's game against Italy after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Joachim Ramoser (GIF via @myregularface, whose masterful work has extended to overseas action and is something we should all be thankful for).
Some additional thoughts on Burrows just past the jump, who I hope won't strain his cornea reading this particular post.
May 15 2014 10:05PM
All sorts of peculiar things tend to happen over the course of an 82-game season involving any team, considering all of the different personalities and egos that are asked to coexist together for months on end. Things are said, mental notes are taken, but ultimately a lot of what happens behind closed doors in the locker room stays there in order to keep things from really blowing up altogether.
Until of course one of those personalities is on their way out; then, some of the more noteworthy things - that would surely have been useful to know as they happened in real-time, but whatever - are finally released to the public as guys feel more comfortable opening up, no longer being held back by the fear of the potential consequences linked to the beans they're spilling.
We're seeing that in full effect over in Pittsburgh, and we've become all too familiar with it here in Vancouver for weeks (months?) now. It's something of a smear campaign, really, but it's entertaining and enlightening nonetheless.
Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail joined Don Taylor and Barry MacDonald on the Team1040 this afternoon, and dropped some bombshells regarding the John Tortorella Era that are most definitely worth reiterating. Adding two and two together, there are some things that are starting to make a lot more sense..
May 15 2014 11:15AM
Some day, if you're so lucky, you'll have the chance to sit your grandchildren down on your knee and regale them with tales of Dale Weise's conquests. No, not those conquests; rather his heroic efforts in not only sending the hated Boston Bruins home packing, but also getting so far under local boy Milan Lucic's skin that he couldn't help but shine a light directly on just how scummy he really is.
By using the transitive property, you could argue that Weise's accomplishments over these 11 playoff games to-date have quickly catapulted themselves atop the leaderboard of silver linings to be taken from the 2013-14 season for the Vancouver Canucks. For all intents and purposes, there's a case to be made that he has been the team's Most Valuable Player this year. The bigger question is which cap he'll wear to ironically bring even more attention to what's happening on top of his head when he accepts his Cyclone Taylor Trophy?
May 14 2014 01:08PM
Yesterday, we shared our OHL Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates estimates for the 2013-2014 season and found that it Canucks prospects tended to face above average competition for their respective teams. Today, we'll have a look at QoC and QoT estimates for the WHL. Read past the jump for those.
May 13 2014 12:19PM
According to a report coming from Mattias Ek of Expressen, the Vancouver Canucks - to go along with the Philadelphia Flyers - are one of the two teams most notably interested in undrafted free agent Dennis Rasmussen.
The player in question has a few things working for him: he's big, he's Swedish, and we're currently witnessing that combination of attributes translate quite nicely to the NHL level. But as is the case with most player comparisons, it's a rather unfair thing to put on the plate of the guy being measured up against his predecessor. Expectations can be a cruel mistress.
With that being said, we'll look into the resume of the player in question just past the jump. After all, we're currently mired in a hellish month for talking points, so any news is good news at this point.