Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Thomas Drance
October 04 2011 09:50PM

 

Well there you have it - Ryan Kesler in the buff.

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Headshots October 4th

Thomas Drance
October 04 2011 02:41PM

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

Above is the helmet sticker the Canucks will wear in commemoration of Rick Rypien. Many thanks to @mhenderson95 for the image. The Canucks also announced that the team will honour Rypien's memory on October 18th against the New York Rangers. 

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NW Division Preview by Position - Defence

Cam Davie
October 04 2011 01:21PM


Canucks fans are expecting big things from these two guys.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)

CanucksArmy continues its short series where we preview the Northwest Division by position. Today we go to the blue line and look at the defencemen from each team.

Is it just me or did every defensive group in the Northwest Division get a little bit weaker over the summer? The Avs, Canucks and Wild have all lost key members of their defence in the last 6 months, the Oilers start the season with huge injury concerns, and the Flames blue-line has lost another core component. How will these five teams cope with their blue-line losses? In my estimation, only one will weather the storm. For the rest, it will be a rough ride this year...

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Canucks Claim Weise off of Waivers

Thomas Drance
October 04 2011 10:48AM


Did you expect Sean Avery or something?

Okay that headline is more than just a little bit misleading, but whatever, the Canucks have claimed 6,2 grinder Dale Weise off of waivers from the New York Rangers. Weise will add another big body to the Canucks fourth line and at a glance seems like a promising addition - he's a young pugilist with some potential upside. Here's the press release from Canucks.nhl.com.

UPDATE: According to Ben Kuzma - the Canucks have also waived Oreskovich, so it looks like Weise will find himself in Vancouver's opening night line-up.

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NW Division Preview by Position - Forwards

Cam Davie
October 04 2011 08:07AM


Will the Canucks lead the league in offence again this year?
If this guy has a dominant season  - they may.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)

CanucksArmy rolls out a short series where we preview the Northwest Division by position. Today we start up front and look at the forwards from each team:

The Vancouver Canucks were the league's highest scoring team last season, thanks to a potent power play and a career year from Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin. The Oilers boast some young, exciting talent but were unable to score enough last year, especially on home ice. The Calgary Flames and their veteran lineup led the league in goals at home and were a potent force offensively all year. The Avalanche used to be able score with anybody, but continuing to do so this season after the incredible amount of turnover their roster has gone through could be an issue. As for the Wild.... Sorry, I passed out from boredom for a second, but yeah, as for the Wild - they've renovated their forward group entirely - could they be an offensive force this season? *suppresses laughter*

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