Looking Ahead to the Postseason: Forward Deployment

Jeff Angus
April 08 2013 10:10AM

How will Alain Vigneault deploy his forwards in the postseason? Assuming Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Derek Roy, and Max Lapierre are all healthy, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect Lapierre to bear the brunt of the heavy lifting (from a defensive zone start perspective), while the Roy line (with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen) would be another defensive/two-way line to lean on.

Roy isn't as strong at faceoffs as either Kesler or Sedin, and this also assumes that Zack Kassian is able to contribute on a line with Kesler (which may be a stretch).

Let's look a little further at this, shall we?

Read Article | 12 Comments


April 06 2013 09:46PM


This is a story about three young lads who go travelling to Amsterdam in search of optimistic adventure. Two are Canadian, one is an Australian who is now the newest resident of Edmonton and Wanye Manor. We meet up with an ex-pat Canadian living in Amsterdam who sobers us up more than anything that has ever happened before in the history of time.

It ain't a story about looking cool - that's for sure. Read on at your own risk.

Read Article | 30 Comments

Pavel Bure's number to be retired - it's the right thing

Patrick Johnston
April 06 2013 04:07PM

So it's going to happen. Number ten will finally hang from the rafters.

After years of haranguing over the Russian Rocket's departure from Vancouver in 1999, everything is forgotten.

Pavel is loved, Pavel is remembered for the greatness that he was, Pavel is going to be the best. Officially.

It's the right thing to do.

Read Article | 6 Comments

Game #38 preview: Flames @ Canucks

Patrick Johnston
April 06 2013 02:12PM

Ten games to go. Amazing how quickly a short season can be - and how much better the twists and turns can be when it is such a season.

Tonight, the Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames roll in to town.

To re-cap, the Flames no longer have Jarome Iginla. They no long have Jay Bouwmeester. They do still have Miika Kiprusoff, but they don't have Blake Comeau.

Yes, this is a team that is done. Which, of course, means that they will be a threat.

Or will they? More on that, after the jump.

Read Article | 4 Comments

The Canucks Week in Quips for April 5

April 05 2013 11:44AM

Focus, Kassian, FOCUS. (Photo: Rich Lam)

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

Read Article | 8 Comments