August 11 2015 09:35AM
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The risk of pursuing a parallel rebuild, of the sort that the Vancouver Canucks' new management team has explicitly embarked on, is that in attempting to have it both ways - competing for a playoff spot annually, while also stockpiling future assets - you can end up stuck in mediocrity. That's the sad reality of a league with a salary cap and a draft lottery system.
When it comes to being mediocre though, the Vancouver Canucks excel. So it's oddly appropriate that in ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman's latest organizational rankings ($$) the Canucks check in at 15th overall among the NHL's 30 clubs. Essentially Vancouver's system is precisely average.
August 11 2015 09:00AM
Following the heartbreak of the 2010-11 campaign, the Canucks looked to make that final step in the 2011-12 season.
Entering the campaign with a bevvy of familiar faces from the previous season, expectations were at an all-time high for the Vancouver Canucks and their window to contend for the Stanley Cup was still open.
Relive the triumph, heartbreak and drama from the 2011-12 campaign, on the other side of the jump.
August 10 2015 08:17PM
As the focus in Vancouver shifts towards the Canucks' prospects, one of their best young defencemen appears to have his mind in other places. According to a report from Russian media outlet R-Sport, Nikita Tryamkin is not only looking forward to continuing his career with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg this season, but is open to committing beyond his current contract.
August 10 2015 03:05PM
It was the best and most entertaining and most memorable hockey season in the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise, even if it ended in pain, as all Canucks seasons inevitably seasons do.
The Canucks were the NHL's best team during the 2010-11 season, winning the Presidents' Trophy, leading the league in goal differential by more than 20, and dominating all season long. Vancouver boasted the league's best offense, the league's best defense, the league's best power play, and were an elite penalty killing outfit. They had no flaws.
Ultimately the dominant 2010-11 iteration of the club couldn't bring home the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and sadly the sight of Boston Bruins defender Zdeno Chara lifting the cup on Vancouver ice and the embarrassing riots that engulfed downtown Vancouver thereafter will be the enduring images of this season. It's too bad because, as it was going on, it was great hockey and an exceptionally fun team to follow.
August 10 2015 11:57AM
Hey! It's been a few days since Rhys told the world that I would be taking over here, and since then, I've been doing my best to get myself 100% up-to-speed with the goings on here at the Army. As well, I've been looking at introducing some new things, both behind the scenes and out in the open.
This is one of the latter. I've run a weekly mailbag at The Leafs Nation for quite some time now, and I feel like it would be great to have the same thing here. We're going to rotate the staff members that are involved in future weeks, but this time around, I'll take a shot at answering a few softballs from the crowd: