THE CASUAL AMERICAN HOCKEY FAN

Wanye
November 29 2012 07:52PM

With every blessed day that the Lockout drags on, your ol' pal Wanye is pushed further from home in the vain attempt to forget about the NHL and the beloved Edmonton Oilers. Today his sobering musings come from San Francisco. Also he is speaking in the fourth person, which has to be some sort of Olympic Record.*

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The Top 20 Canucks Prospects: An Update (Part III)

Jeff Angus
November 29 2012 10:45AM

We here at CanucksArmy published our top 20 prospects list this past summer, and have provided follow up coverage on a lot of the organization's prospects this season, especially those playing in Chicago with the Wolves. However, there are many notable prospects in the organizaton playing elsewhere - the CHL, NCAA, or over in Europe. Although the season is only a few months old, why not check in and see how the top 20 prospects are faring?

This week, Joe Cannata, Alexandre Mallet, Joseph LaBate, Frank Corrado, and Kevin Connauton are profiled.

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KHL: Kovalchuk outdone, Slovan shutout, and Red Army rolls

Steve Dangle
November 28 2012 09:16PM

 

Hey look! Fans cheering for hockey. I remember that.

Here are today's KHL highlights. SOme pretty notable games are missing. For example, we didn't do packs for Yakupov's team Neftekhimik, Malkin's team Magnitogorsk, Lupul's team Avtomobilist, etc, etc. There was a technical issue, but we still managed to make highlight packs for five of the games. To make it up to you, we will be doing packs for the important games we missed tomorrow, in edition to tomorrow's Dynamo Moscow vs Dinamo Riga game.

Enjoy!

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Here is video of Zack Kassian fighting Kyle Beach

Cam Charron
November 28 2012 07:22PM

This video comes courtesy of Youtube user SniklsonDX who we are very thankful for, but wish he didn't make us have to tilt our computers sideways to watch this tilt between Zack Kassian and Kyle Beach. Some of you may remember Beach as a local boy and WHLer that many fans wanted to see selected by the Canucks 10th overall in 2009.

The Canucks opted for Cody Hodgson instead, leaving Beach on the table to be taken by Chicago with the next pick. The Canucks traded Hodgson for Zack Kassian, so this fight seems almost destined. I never liked Beach, and remember him as the guy who made fun of Milan Lucic's Scheuermann's disease and got summarily pumped in the face several times.

Kassian also scored in this game, his sixth of the season, 1:16 into the first period from Andrew Ebbett and Darren Haydar.

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NHLPA starting to crack under the pressure

Graphic Comments
November 28 2012 03:45PM

The cracks are showing

Looks like the cracks in the players' resolve are starting to show.

It might not seem like it, but the more players you have taking cracks at Bettman, the more it shows that the pressure of being locked out, missing paycheques and facing the prospect of losing the entire season is starting to get to them. The growing frustration is evident, and this is exactly what Bettman and the owners are counting on.

You think Bettman is upset when he hears about players wearing Puck Gary hats? Or Ian White calling him an "idiot"? Or Dave Bolland retweeting a fan wishing for Bettman's death? Or even former player Jeff O'Neil's actual death threat? Well, maybe that last one, but all the rest are actually good news for Gary and his masters. This is one big game of chicken and these outbursts do nothing more than encourage the owners to ratchet up the pressure ever so slightly, because it's starting to have an impact.

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