April 13 2014 11:30PM
Mercifully the 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks season, which even at the best of times was difficult to watch, came to an end on Sunday night with a lopsided Canucks beat-down of the Calgary Flames. Its been a long time since the Canucks had a season end in the first half of April, without so much as a home playoff date, but that's where we're at. At least the overall dissatisfaction in this market, combined with the team's lack of success, should usher in an interesting offseason (draft lottery Tuesday!).
For the first 38 minutes, or thereabouts, this was a vintage Northwest Division style smack down; the Flames completely outmatched by a Canucks team that was actually generating offense and goals (for once). Then Daniel Sedin took a nasty hit in the numbers from Paul Byron, and appeared to be severely injured as he lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before leaving the game on a stretcher. The reports are that Daniel is in stable condition, was in a good mood, and was able to move his extremities; so that's excellent news (Update: Daniel has been released from hospital).
We'll recap the game at length after the jump.
April 12 2014 11:41PM
Typically, the type of 5-2 loss that the Vancouver Canucks suffered at the hands of the lowly Edmonton Oilers would be grounds for a whole lot of eyebrow raising, and head scratching. But not on this particular night.
Not when we came into Saturday contest knowing what we did -- the Canucks were dressing Mike Zalewski, as good a sign as any of their abundantly transparent ulterior motivates, while the Oilers were surely going to do anything and everything to send a Former New York Islanders Great off into the sunset with a relatively meaningless victory in the final game of the season.
And so it came and went, Game 81 of the campaign, with just one more life-sucking contest left to be played tomorrow night. Before we get to that, though, let's get to Ryan Smyth's big night as he was gracious enough to take some time from shedding an immense number of tears to whore out for any type of garbage goal possible.
April 12 2014 01:35PM
What has transpired during the 2013-14 season with the Vancouver Canucks can be considered nothing less than an abomination. Basically everything that could go wrong, seemingly did; *everyone* went down with an injury, an integral player asked out with a trade, the GM got fired, and the coach will likely be handed his walking papers, as well. Based on what we've come to expect from this franchise over the past few years, it sure feels like this has to be rock bottom.
But let me assure you, that it's not. You don't make the type of face Dallas Eakins is making in the picture above unless you've seen some things, man. You never want to go full Edmonton Oilers, and now that Eakins - once considered a hot coaching prospect being courted by numerous teams - has, there's no turning back.
It's vital to keep some semblance of perspective during rough times like these, and remember that it can absolutely always get worse. We'll get a first-hand glimpse at that tonight, in the penultimate day of the schedule, when the Vancouver Canucks visit Rexall to take on an Edmonton Oilers squad that'll surely be ready to play, what with this being their version of the Super Bowl and all.
April 11 2014 11:48AM
Canucks Army is preparing for the playoffs in a way only Canucks Army can: by preparing an exhaustive list of profiles of potential general manager candidates, and by preparing an exhaustive list of profiles of potential new coaching candidates, just in case.
Twas I who had the misfortune of writing the profile for John Tortorella back in June. I'm going to share a few key passages from that profile:
April 11 2014 11:10AM
Image courtesy of Utica Comets on Facebook
With the Vancouver Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention fans are starting to look to the future. With what's looking like what will be a decent draft position the Canucks are setting themselves up nicely to complement the batch of youngsters they brought into the mix last year.
While the big club won't be in the playoffs, so of those aforementioned prospects are in their respective leagues, and as a result we've still got plenty to discuss in our Weekly Prospect Report. The Utica Comets are still scrapping for a late playoff berth, and in the Major Junior ranks there are 6 guys currently competing in the 2nd round. Meanwhile, the NCAA teams have wrapped up their seaons but over in Europe Kenins and Zurich may be making the National League A final.
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in news on this front. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.