September 18 2013 03:52PM
Who would you rather have in the dot late? Henrik Sedin or Michal Handzus?
I'd always thought that Henrik and Daniel Sedin would make fairly decent penalty killers. There's not a lot of evidence to suggest that they would, because the two haven't exactly spent a lot of time killing penalties, well, ever.
Only one campaign in existence the twins were counted on to do more than kill the occasional spot. That was in 2005-2006, the ill-fated season where the Canucks' came into the year with high expectations with new general manager able to keep together the core from the team's previous three playoff runs. That team absolutely fell flat, but the Sedins broke out into franchise players, the players that Nonis was comfortable using as primary offensive threats in lieu of Todd Bertuzzi, who was shuttled out of town for some guy named Bob.
September 18 2013 11:11AM
In the preseason opener, Hunter Shinkaruk impressed. Can he keep it going? (Image via Darryl Dyck )
The second of six preseason games for the Canucks goes tonight, as the Edmonton Oilers come to town. There were some positives to take away from the Monday night opener, including the other 1st rounder, Hunter Shinkaruk, who lit the lamp in impressive fashion.
I was in the building on that night, and as you may have expected, the crowd was scattered and relatively disinterested. It was probably a combination of being the first preseason game, manly notable Canucks not being in the lineup, and the game quickly becoming lopsided in San Jose's favour.
I'd expect both the crowd, and the level of play to be improved tonight. Read on past the jump for the expected lineup, and some more notes in advance of the game.
September 17 2013 10:59AM
Dan Hamhuis' perpertual sadness is finally starting to make sense.
Putting together a rankings list is a pretty thankless job. It's far from an exact science - it's subjective, for the most part - meaning that everyone will have differing opinions and beliefs as to how the list should look. But that doesn't mean that they aren't fun to do, because they definitely are. They can lead to good discussion and provoke thought that may not have been had otherwise. We know a thing or two about publishing rankings around these parts.
Anyways, in an attempt to get people ready for the looming NHL season, a team of hockey analysts working under the banner of the worldwide leader in sports has been charged with ranking the best players in the league by position. So far their Top 50 defensemen and Top 25 goaltenders have been revealed. There are some things I take issue with on each list, and conveniently enough, they're Canucks-related.
Read on past the jump for the lists.
September 17 2013 09:38AM
In a tasty bit of irony last week, on the same day that Twitter announced it was going public with an IPO, the Canucks' head coach, John Tortorella, threatened to show his players what PO really stands for if they choose to go public on Twitter.
Now, if you ask me, Tortorella is really selling Twitter short here. Figuratively, anyway. I have no idea about his investing decisions. Maybe he took a bath on that Facebook IPO and doesn't want to get burned again. Who knows?
The point is, Tortorella is kicking a straw dog here...er, maybe that's a poor choice of words...
September 16 2013 11:32PM
The NHL preseason is for two things: using small sample sizes to convince people that the assertions you made over the summer are correct, or defending your assertions made over the summer because of a small sample size.
This was the first time that the Vancouver Canucks have played a hockey game since May, and it was against San Jose again, who returned to Vancouver without Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi, several other of their stars, and no tail stripes or shoulder yokes on their sweaters. If the preseason has any modicum of importance, it's probably in the field of uniform aesthetics, and I don't like how plain the Sharks new white sweaters are. They looked like the old threads ditched by the Dallas Stars when they flipped to a more traditional design. With teal, silver and orange in the scheme, the Sharks had one of the truly unique colour combinations in pro sports, but they always wore their dull black sweaters in the playoffs.
Wait, there was a hockey game, wasn't there?