August 29 2012 07:47AM
Can the Canucks go back-to-back-to-back? (And then get eliminated in the first round again?)
Partly because they play in such a thoroughly woeful division, the Canucks managed to repeat as President's Trophy winners last season. But their first round playoff exit, in five games at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, marred the 2011-12 campaign as a "failure."
Being at the absolute top of the table is a testament to the quality and consistency of the roster, but regular season dominance simply isn't the goal for this club, or their management team.
August 28 2012 06:28PM
Today's CBA meetings in New York produced some short-lived optimism after it was reported that the NHL owners had presented a counter proposal to the NHL Players' Association.
Turns out it was just a misunderstanding. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman brought the wrong file to the meetings and accidentally presented Donald Fehr with the quotes for his kitchen reno. Or maybe it wasn't an accident, and Bettman just wanted to rub it in that he pulled in $8 million last year and is spending it on gold plated cabinet pulls...
Either way, it didn't make for very productive meetings.
August 28 2012 01:18PM
While NHL fans do a slow burn and the league's player prepare for a season that may never come, the owners and Bettman appear to be enjoying another season of good times on Boardwalk, Park Place and Pennsylvania avenues. Allan Mitchell tackles the issues with some heavy hitters.
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August 28 2012 09:57AM
Throughout the summer, I have been fortunate enough to talk to some exceptionally bright, and insightful Canucks prospects. First, it was Sudbury Wolves defenseman Frankie Corrado. Then, it was Chicago Wolves forward Billy Sweatt.
Now, I present to you the chat I had with goaltending prospect Eddie Lack. Lack was 4th in the entire AHL in save percentage this past season (.925 save%), and wound up submitting his second consecutive stellar season overall. Most scouts will tell you that he is ready for the next level, and could be ready to work a backup goaltender's workload in the NHL.
Other than his outstanding on-ice performance, though, why did I specifically want to chat with Eddie Lack? As people that have seen his activity on YouTube and Twitter know, he is as good at cracking jokes as he is at stopping pucks. Heck, his Twitter bio says "I love chirping my teammates." That's something I can get on-board with.
What did he have to say to me? We started off with some actual hockey talk for all of you puck-fiends, and then quickly veered off into nonsense. He didn't let down.
Click Past the Jump For the Chat.
August 28 2012 08:42AM
The Canucks were extremely happy that two-way center Brendan Gaunce slipped all the way to pick 26 at the NHL Draft back in late June. Gaunce has spent the last two seasons in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls, developing into one of the best playmakers in the league.
The 18-year-old forward has been training over the past few years with Gary Roberts in the summers, learning from the likes of Steven Stamkos, Jeff Skinner, Cody Hodgson (hopefully they don’t talk about off-ice issues), and Cameron Gaunce, his older brother and a member of the Colorado Avalanche organization.
Gaunce scored 28 goals and added 40 assists in 2011-12 for the Bulls, nearly doubling the 36 points he put up as a rookie in 2010-11.