Be A Player: Spend your time during the lockout like the pros

Graphic Comments
October 02 2012 06:37PM

No such thing as a free lockout

Admit it: you're starting to get antsy.

It's October and you're starting to notice a gaping hole in your life where hockey used to be. Maybe you're like me and you just spent six hours of your Saturday sitting through 19 rounds of a meaningless hockey pool draft in an act of lockout denial. Sure, it's a 12-team keeper league with 8 protected players, so five of those six hours would be meaningless even if there wasn't a lockout. But I digress.

What I'm trying to say is that you're probably now finding yourself with a bunch of free time, and if you're lucky enough not to be a season ticket holder, maybe even extra money that you normally wouldn't have this time of year. Fear not, in today's Graphic Comments I'll show you how to deal with this just like the professionals.

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Headshots October 2nd

Dimitri Filipovic
October 02 2012 04:15PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Anson Carter and the Vancouver Canucks' covenant

Cam Charron
October 02 2012 06:43AM

Something this blog has yet to ever have, a genuine reflection of Anson Carter. Sure, there have been mentions, but there's a point to be made about Carter being the legitimate difference between the Dave Nonis and Mike Gillis iterations of the Vancouver Canucks organization.

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Headshots October 1st

Thomas Drance
October 01 2012 02:52PM

 
Cliff Ronning (along with Jeff Brown and Jyrki Lumme) was my favorite player growing up.
It's also his birthday today. Happy 42nd birthday Cliff!

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you're written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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On the PR Front: Hamhuis, Bieksa and the NHLPA are Schooling the Owners

Thomas Drance
October 01 2012 11:48AM


Photo Credit: Steve Bosch, PNG, Vancouver Sun

Most close observers tend to agree that "Public Relations" won't matter much in shaping the outcome of a new CBA, and they're probably right. But for a gate driven business in the midst of a public negotiation, the public relations angle isn't meaningless. The current lockout is a three dimensional game of chess and every little bit of leverage matters, especially because the owners possess a large structural advantage (since they control a Monopoly on elite-level professional hockey in North America).

To that end, over the past week Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis - the Vancouver Canucks' ace shut-down pairing - have been on a subtle media blitz. In contrast with Daryl Katz's Seattle feint (which was bungled messily by the reactive @NHL_Oilers Twitter account), and Jimmy Develano's mishandling of facebook (and his series of stupid public comments that led to his $250,000 fine); what Bieksa and Hamhuis have managed to do over the past ten days has been doubly impressive.

Read past the jump for more.

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