November 19 2011 03:23PM
On Thursday, I had a post about the Vancouver Canucks early penalty-killing successes and struggles, and which players were the most successful on that aspect of special teams. Today, I'll look at the powerplay.
November 19 2011 01:30PM
Last week I was lucky enough to get a chance to speak Nardwuar the human serviette. Nardwuar is known for his flashy style of dress, his unique sign off "Doot Doola Doot Doo... Doot Doot!" and his always entertaining interviews with rock stars and various other celebrities. Simply put, Nardwuar is something of a national treasure. He's also a massive Canucks fan, with some really funny hockey stories. What follows is the conversation we had:
Thomas Drance (aka Artem Chubarov): Hey Nardwuar, so who is your favorite current hockey player?
Nardwuar: Hullo-ho Artem! I guess my favorite current hockey player is Eric Nesterenko, my great, great uncle who played with the Blackhawks. He’s still at it! He was actually at the award ceremony a few years ago when Chicago won the cup, he was brought in their because he won the cup with Chicago in 1961 and he’s still athletic. I mean, he’s still a ski instructor in Vail, and you can see him in the movie Youngblood – what more can you want?! So he’s my favorite current hockey player, cause he’s still doing it!
November 19 2011 01:26PM
(I wanted to end this with Nicolas Cage. But it's from Face/Off. So it works.)
After 3 long grueling weeks in which the #replacethekb contestants were forced to watch all the Minnesota Wild games from 2003, had to listen to Mark Messier do his lesser known poetry from back when he was out of his mind from having drunk from an unclean Stanley Cup (“A bat? A rat? Nay, a mat, it’s flat. I sat. On a cat. Why am I so fat?”), and finally, having to wash all seventeen of Jason Botchford’s Ferraris with toothbrushes (There were actually sixteen contestants, but one of us made the mistake of not cleaning the tires on Botch’s 14th Ferrari. He hasn’t been seen since), we have come to the finish line.
Now I know there was a lot of Canuck content being thrown the public’s way these last three weeks, and I bet not everyone had a chance to read all the articles that were put out by the fine people of the #replacethekb contest. So I thought that it would be nice to pick one article from each contestant that I thought was really good, one that showcased the talents of the writer in question, and list them here for you guys. This way, if you didn’t get a chance to read all of the articles, maybe you can find an article that you missed out on so you can see what we at the #replacethekb contest are all about.
November 19 2011 11:40AM
It's been a tale of two cities this week with two wildly different games: the 4-1 win against Grabner and the Islanders included a continuation of the #RomeForNorris bandwagon and even a David Booth sighting before the Hawks came to town and flexed their power play muscle en route to a 5-1 win.
November 18 2011 04:28PM
Not many people knew a whole lot about Mike Gillis when the Canucks hired him in the summer of 2008. The firing of Dave Nonis came as a bit of a shock, and the fan base wasn’t given a whole lot of time to digest the move before Gillis came in as the replacement. In a little over three years, Gillis has managed to turn Vancouver into one of the most desirable destinations for players to play in the league. He has leveraged his experiences as an agent – he treats players fair, and he has been rewarded with some favourable hometown discounts (most notably from the Sedins, Kesler, and Burrows).