May 08 2012 02:34PM
"I went through a covered knee surgery ten days ago here in the U.S. that requires half a year of rehabilitation, but it is uncertain if I can come back and play hockey again in the first place" Mattias Ohlund told Expressen, translation to Google.
If this is indeed true, one of the all-time best Vancouver Canuck defencemen may be forced to retire after a season-long battle with knee problems that kept him out of the Tampa Bay lineup. He went there as a free agent after the 2009 season after 11 seasons, 770 games, 93 goals and 325 points with the Canucks.
Only Harold Snepts played more games as a defenceman for the Canucks.
May 08 2012 02:09PM
Yes, I'm sure the Star Wars nerds among you will be quick to argue that it was poor shooting accuracy that led to the Stormtroopers losing in six to the Rebel Alliance. But can we be so sure? I mean, maybe it was some Jedi mind tricks that caused all those blaster shots to go astray. Even half-way through the series, Alliance GM, Obi-Wan Kenobi still thought pretty highly of their accuracy:
"These blast-points... Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise."
May 08 2012 12:59PM
Alex Edler scores a rocket at exactly 8:00 of the second period.
The second period was highly eventful for the Canucks this season, both good and bad.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
It seems like there have been a lot of goals scored in the final minute, and even the final few seconds of games this post-season. Just last night, we saw the New York Rangers score with 7 seconds left in the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime.
That had me thinking about the Canucks and their season. When exactly did they score goals and when did they allow goals? Did they score a lot of goals in the last minute of a period? Or the first minute? How did they defend in the waning moments of each period?
Click past the jump to see a breakdown of all Canucks goals this past season, both scored and allowed.
May 08 2012 11:48AM
We've looked at this sort of thing before over here. The Vancouver Canucks' series record under Alain Vigneault, with a loss to the Los Angeles Kings, dipped to 6-5 this season. Overall, they're 33-31 in 64 playoff games since 2007. It's good, but it isn't really good enough to have won the Canucks the Stanley Cup.
The real problem people have with Vigneault is that the Canucks' regular season performance appears not to carry over to the post-season. Vancouver have gone 248-162 in five out of six years the Canucks have made the playoffs under Vigneault, and pro-rated to 64 games, that would make the Canucks 39-25 with the same win-loss record.
So where did those extra six wins go?
May 07 2012 04:53PM
Vancouver announced today they have re-signed GM Mike Gillis. It's a good move for the organization despite the team's disappointing finish to the season this year.