September 27 2013 12:58PM
If the start is any indication, this could be another long season for coach Don Hay.
The start of the 2013-2014 season hasn't exactly gone well for the Vancouver Giants. Not only did they drop two of their first three games, but they've been outscored 11-4 as well. Their biggest losses have been off the scoresheet though, as Colorado Avalanche 4th round pick Mason Geertsen suffered an upper body injury in the season opening 4-3 loss to the Victoria Royals, missing Saturday's game in Victoria and Wednesday's blowout 6-0 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Joining Geertsen in the infirmary are Dalton Sward and Rob Trzonkowski, who were both also injured against the Thunderbirds. There is no word yet on how many games they're expected to miss (coach Don Hay expects them to both be about a week to 10 days), but with depth forwards Luca Leone, Travis McEvoy and Scott Cooke yet to play a game this season due to injury, an already thin forward group could be in for some major early season growing pains.
Read on past the jump for more.
September 27 2013 11:26AM
A monster about to come alive again.
Cam pointed out after the preseason win over the Coyotes that the Army had published 344 posts since we last recapped a win.
It hasn't been quite that many since my last writing, but it's not exactly far off either. I haven't been in hockey mode for a long time, so it's good to be back. Excuse me while I shake off the cobwebs.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
September 27 2013 12:03AM
After Thursday's preseason game against the New York Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks announced three cuts. Two such cuts are notable: Frankie Corrado gets sent to the Utica Comets, and Brendan Gaunce - the first of the three junior-aged first round picks to be let go by the squad, and also the oldest - will return to his junior team, the Belleville Bulls.
Zach Hamill was also sent down, but that's about as notable as Mark Hamill's cameo in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.
Read on past the jump for some quick thoughts on tonight's victory, plus what this move means for both guys going forward.
September 26 2013 04:25PM
Image via 24 Hours .
The games still haven't started counting for anything yet, but with the regular season exactly a week away, and the Rangers (more importantly, Alain Vigneault) in town, there's a buzz in Vancouver that hasn't been felt in a handful of months.
Mike Gillis joined Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on the Team1040's Midday Show to discuss a handful of interesting topics including his relationship with the aforementioned former Canucks coach, the chances of a few youngsters making the team, potential roster moves coming in the next couple of days, and a Sedin extension.
Read on past the jump for the transcript of today's interview. You can also listen here if you'd like.
September 26 2013 02:07PM
Hey, I know that guy! (Image via John Minchillo/AP )
A friendly face, depending who you talk to of course, comes back to town tonight as Alain Vigneault and his new squad, the New York Rangers, visit Rogers Arena to face the Canucks.
While speaking with Brad Ziemer this morning, Vigneault said that "fans don't come to see coaches.. I don't think anyone is coming to see me". While that's definitely true, there's no denying that his return is dominating the headlines today. And that's a much needed relief for the Canucks, who haven't provided us with very many positives to discuss over the past few weeks. A distraction is more than welcome right about now.
Tonight's tilt with the Rangers marks the final game of the preseason for the Canucks, meaning that this will be the last chance for fringe guys like Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk to make an impression on the coaching staff in the hopes of sticking around for the team's opener a week from tonight.