NATION PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE #3 & NEW NATION GEAR

baggedmilk
May 09 2014 03:40PM

Update

The playoffs are well under way as is the Nation Drafts playoffs pool, and it seems as though there are new names on the leaderboard every week.  Either that's a sign that we're all geniuses or that the players we've chosen are choking at all world levels.  You'd have to think, at this point, anyone that picked Rick Nash is about ready to punch him in the mouth, right? In the very least, Nash has more opportunity to score than my champion pick Chris Kelly! Although, Rick Nash only has 4 assists which is not too far off from Chris Kelly's broken leg production. LONG LIVE CHRIS KELLY!

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Your Guide to the 2014 IIHF World Championships

Dimitri Filipovic
May 08 2014 06:32PM

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Would we rather be spending the next two weeks watching, writing about, and discussing the NHL playoffs with the Vancouver Canucks competing in them? Absolutely, there's no question about it. But with the team long since having been ruled out of contention, we'll have to make do with the IIHF World Championships, which have expertly assumed the role of being the ultimate consolation prize for both players and fans alike over the years. 

With this being a year that coincided with the Winter Olympics, the list of prominent players participating in the tournament is even more diluted than it already is in others. But who can argue with real, live hockey to pass the time. 

There are still a medley of different things to look forward to, and we'll go through it all just past the jump with a guide for what to watch for from a Canucks perspective.

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Is a Jim Benning Hiring a Formality at this point?

Dimitri Filipovic
May 08 2014 01:56PM

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Exactly a week ago today, still relatively newly minted President of Hockey Ops Trevor Linden held a press conference to announce the firing of John Tortorella (and Mike Sullivan), and field questions about the direction of the team and the plan for the summer. 

Muddled somewhere in the middle of it all, was a question from a reporter specifically about the team's reported interest in bringing Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning to right the ship. In the sort of politically correct form that we've come to expect from Linden, he quickly brushed the question off, referring back to the nondescript "narrowed down and focused list" of candidates he had compiled. What it was, was a pretty thinly veiled confirmation without actually technically confirming what we've all been suspecting for some time now, ever since the firing of the position's predecessor. 

Now there's a report coming from Darren Dreger that it's just really a matter of time before the two sides can formally go out in public arm-in-arm, putting their mutual affection for each other on display for the hockey world to see. 

Read on for more.

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Comets Militia Weekly Prospect Reportlet - May 8th, 2014

Josh W
May 08 2014 10:17AM

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Activity on the prospect front is actively dying down, with fewer and fewer things to discuss with each passing week. But regardless of that, I'll be writing about whatever little bits of news there are until the owners of this blog drag me away from my computer kicking and screaming. 

With that being said, I should point out that the Canucks still have two prospects playing for their respective league championships at the moment, and looking ahead, there will be a Bo Horvat sighting at the Memorial Cup to go along with the IIHF World Championships that are getting underway shortly.

So if you're bored with the lack of news these days and want to stay updated on Canucks prospects, make sure to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects. You're also more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.

More just past the jump.

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Prehistoric Hockey is an affront to the sport and paleontology

Thomas Drance
May 07 2014 07:16AM

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Wait a minute, Tyler Myers doesn't play for the Habs...
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(Editor's note: this is a guest post by Ryan Lambert, and was commissioned by us in exchange for a $50 donation to 826 Boston - an organization that supports the development and teaching of cretaceous creative writing skills to students aged 6-18 in Boston. If you've read much in the way of Boston Bruins blog content in the recent past, you likely understand why this is a worthy cause that could use your support. Donate here if you're so inclined.

If, by now, you have not seen the Prehistoric Hockey video which began making the rounds earlier this week, well, lucky you. Here it is anyway, in case you feel like wanting die: 


I am obviously a professional observer of the sport of hockey, the NHL in particular, and the things that happen in this video with respect to the game are, in two words, achingly inaccurate. However, what is less known about me is that I am something of a dinosaur enthusiast (some would say nerd), and thus the problems with this video make Jurassic Park look like a paleontology textbook.

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