March 01 2014 11:31AM
GILLISBERG! [Image via The Stanchion]
Yesterday afternoon we ran a new feature we'll be doing on Fridays called "The Watchability Index", in which we lay out the weekend's slate of games in the NHL, and rank them based on how entertaining they promise to be.
The Canucks and the Wild are an easy call to be on the bottom of the list (to go along with Calgary/Edmonton, for some perspective and context) because of the long and storied history these two teams have of playing mind-numbingly boring hockey every time they meet. Unfortunately, the ranking was on point, because good god did that 2-1 shootout win by the Wild ever make for putrid television.
I apologize for not getting this recap up last night. There were some unforeseen circumstances that got in the way. But let's get real: if you were hanging around anxiously waiting for some analysis on that game between the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild last night, you've probably got bigger problems going on in your life.
February 28 2014 04:13PM
I've never seen the British version of House of Cards, but you'd better believe I'm going to go burn through all of those in a weekend while awaiting the third season of the American Netflix version. People offering up comparisons between the two shows rather than actually discussing them in depth sort of grinds my gears; no matter how the American version holds up to the British, it's still an excellent show.
What I like the most is the show's treatment of the journalists. Most are hard-working and, just like the politicians the show is focused on, manipulative and scheming to get what they want. In the first episode, a young, female reporter with a daily broadsheet offers to be Kevin Spacey's mouthpiece in the press. It's a good arrangement - she gets stories, he gets to manipulate political discourse.
This is related to hockey, I swear.
February 28 2014 12:49PM
Who is Mike Gillis trying to reel in?
I generally try to make a point of refraining from jumping in on rumour-mongering. I don't have any "inside" sources, nor do I pretend to. My job is to analyze things tangible things that we do know, like player performance and team trends. I don't have "an anonymous source" whispering things into my ear.
Generally speaking I know as much as about all of the trade talk as Twitter tells me, which is a dangerous game; for every report going in one direction, there's quickly another attempting to not only refute it but also argue the opposite. Around this time of year we have to be careful in deciphering what's real, and what's a BS smokescreen, all of which can prove to be easier said than done.
But at this point I feel fairly confident in speculating about the Ryan Kesler trade rumours. Numerous trusted sources (basically everyone other than the player and his agent, *cough cough*) have come out saying they've heard the same thing - Ryan Kesler has in no uncertain terms made it clear to the Canucks that he'd like to move on from the organization.
So with that in mind, let's spend some time looking at the potential landing spots, and even more importantly, the potential returns Mike Gillis and his staff could be looking for in return for their best two-way player.
February 27 2014 02:05PM
Image courtesy of UticaComets.com
The Canucks got back into action last night following their extended break for the Olympics, but let's not forget about the prospects we've been discussing and covering at length on this platform over the course of that time.
The return of the NHL presents the Utica Comets with an interesting scenario; if the Canucks continue to struggle with injuries, they could see some of their key players be taken away from them as they scratch and claw towards a playoff spot. We've seen Kellan Lain get called up so far, and others could potentially be on the way in the not-so-distant future. But as has been the case all year, this just means that someone else will have given an opportunity to step up and fill the void left behind.
Continue past the jump to read the latest in Comets Militia updates, the OHL, and the NCAA (along with some other notes coming from the WHL, ECHL, and Europe). As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
February 27 2014 10:23AM
Yesterday was an "interesting" one in Canucks Nation. As I'm sure you all know by now, Ryan Kesler was all the rage after he caused what my friend Jason Botchford dubbed "Hurricane Kesler". What started off with rumours of an injured hand ramped up to a possible broken hand which then ramped up even further into the reports that Kesler had demanded a trade from the team at some point in this season.
As you can see in the timeline above, Kesler never actually got around to the turning into the Hulk, but given how people were talking about him, you would've thought that he had.
Read on past the jump for some thoughts on the situation, as we'll hopefully be able to inject some humour into an otherwise bleak situation.