April 19 2016 09:00AM
At the center of the Vancouver Canucks season was Dan Hamhuis. Their season fell to pieces when they temporarily lost him to injury and went to ashes when they failed to deal him at the trade deadline. Damned with him and damned without.
To the credit of Hamhuis, he took it all in stride. From having his jaw dismantled by a Dan Girardi slap shot to having to address the media circus that followed the Canucks - but mostly Hamhuis - in and around the trade deadline - Hamhuis embodied the cool, collected veteran posture that one might hope will rub off onto the younger members of the Canucks roster.
It's those qualities, among others, that make Hamhuis valued beyond his on-ice contributions. Which says nothing of the on-ice product, which is still at a top four level. Next for the Hamhuis and Vancouver will be trying to negotiate a deal that accurately reflects these contributions, while meeting the long-term aims of the Canucks somewhere in the middle.
No telling if the two sides will come to terms. That's another topic for another day, though. In the meantime, let's get to reminiscing on what might very well have been his last season with his hometown club.
April 19 2016 07:00AM
Spring is here. The playoffs are in full effect, and for those of us that cheer for Canadian teams that means we have A LOT of free time at the moment. Rather than spend our time dwelling on the failures of our respective teams we figured we'd use this opportunity to remember days gone by. A time when men grew killer moustaches, smoked in-between periods and tried to murder each other with their fists.
April 18 2016 01:00PM
Am I alone in feeling a sense of relief over watching a Vancouver Canucks free post-season? I've less than no emotional investment in these games, so really, I never lose.
I mean, of course, I'm pulling ever so slightly for former Canucks. Thing is, if you don't want Roberto Luongo to win his first Stanley Cup, you might be an objectively terrible human. I've got time for anyone cheering on the New York Rangers for Alain Vigneault, too. Less so the Anaheim Ducks, though. There's just no doing away with the stench of Ryan Kesler.
Well, now that I'm done waxing poetic on why playoff hockey is great and former Canucks are great too, I've a few of your questions to answer. Let's get to it.
April 18 2016 11:00AM
At the beginning of the season I decided to take a look at the Flames’ chances for the year in contrast to their two Pacific division rivals, the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
Today we begin the final analysis, or to be more precise for these teams, the end-of-season autopsy.
We’re beginning with the Canucks, who's disastrous season is likely to usher in some significant changes this summer. Or at the very least set the stage for major changes to come should they falter again next season.
This season I tracked not only the individual progress of each player but also tracked the team save percentage, possession metrics, goal differential, and individual goalie performances based on save percentages.
April 18 2016 09:00AM
I'm of the belief that even the most inconsequential of transactions, events and whatever you may have leaguewide affects every team, at every level, to some extent. Newton's law and so on.
With that in mind, there just simply isn't enough time or resources to give them all the attention they deserve in this space. Ideally, though, one can scratch the surface of these events - linked directly to the Vancouver Canucks or otherwise - and examine their far-reaching impact to Roger's Arena and beyond.
With that, here are my Monday Morning Musings for the week that was.