A Mystery Solved

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2012 08:01PM

In the summer of 2001, the Vancouver Canucks were a team on the rise. They’d made the playoffs in 2000-01 for the first time since the mid-1990’s, and things were looking up. The team’s major question mark was in net, where Dan Cloutier was unproven as a starting goaltender and no backup goalie was in place. At that fall’s waiver draft, general manager Brian Burke addressed the backup goalie position, claiming minor-league veteran Martin Brochu, a decision that many questioned at the time. Why did Burke enter the season with an unproven backup behind an unproven starter?

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Headshots February 20th

Cam Davie
February 20 2012 03:13PM


A Boba Fett Canucks mask?! Uh..... AWESOME!
Sorry, nerds, the bidding has ended. It sold for $150!
(Photo via ebay)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Manny Malhotra centres the "first checking line"

Cam Charron
February 20 2012 12:56PM

 

For the last couple of weeks, I have been very interested in Alain Vigneault's utilization of fourth line centreman Manny Malhotra. The hope is that eventually the mainstream writers and reporters in this town will hop on to the fact that he starts shifts in the defensive zone at a higher rate than any player since the start of the BehindTheNet era (2007-08) and it's very likely that he ranks as one of the highest in the history of the league.

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Alex Burrows' 500th NHL Game

Jeff Paterson
February 20 2012 11:26AM

Tuesday night in Nashville, Alex Burrows will play his 500th National Hockey League game. It’s a remarkable achievement for a guy many felt would never get the chance to play that first one. His story of perseverance is well-documented and doesn’t need to be retraced in this space. Just know that seven seasons ago, Burrows was toiling for the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL and now he skates on one of the top lines in hockey. Nothing in his hockey life has come easily and it’s interesting to look back now at the way his career with the Canucks has unfolded.

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You Know What I Hate?! - Feb 20

Cam Davie
February 20 2012 10:21AM


Alain Vigneault is angry. And so am I. We don't understand the kicking rule.
Actually we're both just confused. But I'm calmer than him. And he gets to yell at the refs.
Photo courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

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 (this week, Tuesday!), 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 have the following items disallowed because of a distinct kicking motion: Anonymous player polls, non-flex schedules in the NHL, spending time with my children and racist puns.

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