November 18 2011 04:28PM
Not many people knew a whole lot about Mike Gillis when the Canucks hired him in the summer of 2008. The firing of Dave Nonis came as a bit of a shock, and the fan base wasn’t given a whole lot of time to digest the move before Gillis came in as the replacement. In a little over three years, Gillis has managed to turn Vancouver into one of the most desirable destinations for players to play in the league. He has leveraged his experiences as an agent – he treats players fair, and he has been rewarded with some favourable hometown discounts (most notably from the Sedins, Kesler, and Burrows).
November 18 2011 11:34AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, I slam on Kesler and AV while doling out some shap to Marek + Wyshynski. Oh... and I take MYSELF down a peg.
November 18 2011 10:29AM
Canucks prospect Sebastian Erixon, signed last spring after a break-out season with Timrå of the SEL, is unhappy in Chicago according to unnamed sources who spoke with Dagbladet, a newspaper in Sundsvall. To make the matter even more dicey, the team's sports director Kent Norberg is actively talking to the press about "welcoming" the diminutive two-way defenseman back "with open arms."
November 18 2011 09:08AM
We shouldn’t be surprised to see Cody Hodgson perform well above expectations this season. Like a few current and former great players in Vancouver, he has battled adversity early in his career after being a highly-touted prospect. Does failure lead to success? Does early career adversity help players in the long run? Yes seems like the logical answer judging by several recent examples.
November 17 2011 02:27PM
-Why is Andrew Alberts at the forefront in this article about Canucks penalty killing?
(via Richard Lam/Getty)
The Canucks penalty kill allowed two goals last night to Chicago, but otherwise they have been pretty solid since a rough beginning. Much of it is thanks to Roberto Luongo regressing out of his sub-.800 penalty kill save percentage funk, and the team is now a respectable 12th place in traditional penalty kill statistics, killing off 84.4% of man advantages.