January 31 2012 11:07AM
In case you didn't notice, or were too busy being mesmerized by Marian Hossa's sweet third period back-hand goal - a goal that represented an isolated outburst of real hockey in Ottawa this past weekend - social media, and Twitter in particular, took centre stage at the NHL's All-Star festivities. The All-Star showcase always feels frightfully static: at the end of the day it's just a skill game, played in slow-motion, absent the faintest hum of hockey's usual intensity. All-Star weekend is like eating a Subway sandwich: you know what to expect, you know it'll fill you up, and you know in advance that it will always, always leave you feeling underwhelmed.
For better or for worse, we've seen various names, jerseys and venues over the years. We've seen the league experiment with formats, and last year the NHL added the "All-Star Draft," which, while a bit dull at times, at least feels genuinely fresh (unlike the North America v. The World stinkers a decade ago). This year, the dramatic change was the wholesale incorporation of "Social Media" into every facet of the proceedings, and for the most part: it was an impressive showing for the league and their players.
January 31 2012 09:54AM
I know the Canucks didn't win the Cup. I get it.
But this will never get old. EVER.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #50 - Blackhawks @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks have, for the most part, had an entire week off from live game action. Sure, the Sedins and Alex Edler played in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, but let's be honest - that's not a real game. Effectively, the Canucks have not seen proper game action last Tuesday's win over the Oilers. Couple that with a very light January schedule and the team should be well rested to close out the month.
Well, they better be ready to play tonight, as they face their fiercest rival; a team that now has a very familiar face.
January 30 2012 03:09PM
The Sedins and Drake: all the talent in the world and a reputation for being soft.
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January 30 2012 01:52PM
We interrupt our usual programming to bring you a major announcement from our humble hockey blog!
Canucks Army and the Nation Network would like to formally welcome Canucks Army's newest contributor, Vancouver's own Jeff Paterson! Jeff is a credentialed Canucks reporter for the Team 1040, he contributes a weekly Canucks column for the Georgia Straight, and his work can occasionally be found on Canucks.nhl.com.
Jeff's first Canucks Army post will debut on the site on Wednesday, and from then on, look for his stuff regularly because he'll be posting two or three times per week. We're extremely excited to be adding a writer with Jeff's experience and perspective to the staff, and we look forward to bringing you his near daily observations about the team.
With Paterson on board, Canucks Army will now have a guy at the rink for Canucks practices and home games. It's a major step towards providing our audience with a type of independent Canucks news coverage unseen elsewhere in the Canucks blogosphere. In this space, Jeff will be filing stories from the rink as well as sussing out wider trends surrounding the team. We're extremely excited to be combining Jeff's unique insight and access, with our customary irreverence and detailed quantitative analysis.
It's a new day for Canucks Army folks. Make sure to follow Jeff on twitter: @patersonjeff.
January 30 2012 11:55AM
Captain Kirk is angry today. And so am I.
Photo courtesy some Star Trek episode or movie or whatever.
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week, I spit on the ground in front of ASG over-analysis, lazy reporting (Hi Spec!), and signing goons in today's NHL.