Why the NHLPA's Rejection of Realignment is Bad News for the Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 09 2012 09:25AM


Donald Fehr Executive Director of the NHLPA, who on Friday rejected the NHL's proposed realignment.
It's a safe bet that the Canucks organization is particularly unhappy about it.

When Donald Fehr and the NHLPA rejected the NHL's popular realignment plan, scrapping the plan at least for next hockey season, the Canucks cannot have been pleased. From my perspective as a Canucks fan, I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing the Wild shipped out of the division, and to the Canucks playing in the same conference as their burgeoning rivals in California.

From my perspective as a hockey fan, however, it's nice to see the NHLPA show some back-bone and with CBA negotiations being right around the corner, it makes sense for the union to secure every available bargaining chip in advance. Nonetheless, the Canucks are clearly among the league's biggest losers in the wake of the NHLPA rejection. Let's take a look at why:

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When a hip check is not a hip check

Patrick Johnston
January 08 2012 04:38PM

Brad Marchand's hit on Sami Salo is a clear cut case for Brendan Shanahan. Marchand, as has been discussed, was called for violating rule 44.1.

First of all, let's have a look at a couple of examples that have been brought up as counter-evidence: the Hamhuis hit on Lucic in the Final and the Ballard hit on McGinn in the Conference Final. Both are similar hits, but both differ from the Marchand-on-Salo hit in two key ways: point of contact and (perhaps most importantly) player expectation.

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Agitator, Vampire, Controversial Tweeter Mike Duco Gets The Call

Cam Davie
January 08 2012 08:00AM


It's time. Duco is headed back to Florida.
Vampire Nation is risen!
(Photo by canucks.com/Getty Images)

Canucks Nation is abuzz today with the news that their favourite undead hockey player, Mike Duco, has packed his fangs, cape and coffin down to FLA to join the Vancouver Canucks.

Duco, with his red eyes, pale skin and inability to be near garlic, will make his Canucks regular season debut against his former club, the Florida Panthers (aka the Future or Former Members of the Vancouver Canucks).

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Canucks Victorious in Boston in Regular Season Game

Thomas Drance
January 07 2012 04:58PM


On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins had no answer for Hodgson and the Canucks.

The Bruins play dirty hockey. It's true and we all know it. Today was no exception, as Boston's club attempted to intimidate and push around the Canucks in their own barn. And why wouldn't they have taken that approach, hell it won them the finals and helped them earn this "Baltimore Ravens of the NHL" mystique that they've been riding high on all season.

The problem is, if the referees call the game correctly (which, for the most part they did today, with a couple of notable exceptions) then dirty play leads to penalty minutes, which, leads to power-play opportunities for the other team. In the finals, the Canucks were unable to execute and it cost them the series. This afternoon, however, while the Bruins were out to settle scores and endanger the playing careers of well-loved Finnish defenseman, the Canucks padded their lead on the man-advantage, scoring four power-play goals on their way to a convincing 4-3 road win over the Bruins. It was awesome.

A more extensive recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump.

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Cheers and Jeers - Canucks Mid-Season Edition

Cam Davie
January 06 2012 01:39PM


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 focus exclusively on the Canucks players, as we hand out some CanucksArmy special mid-season Cheers and Jeers. Who's got the shap? And who are the Canucks milts?

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