Midseason Awards, Part I: The Hart and The Vezina

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2012 10:11AM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

This morning, we unveil the first of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Hart and Vezina Trophies.

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KB Radio Returns!

Thomas Drance
January 16 2012 07:55PM

 

Big blogosphere/Vancouver sports media news has been unofficially announced this evening. According to Team 1040 morning show host Jason Botchford, the old Kurtenbloggers and current Pro-Hockey Talkers: Mike Halford and Jason Brough, will make a triumphant return to the Vancouver airwaves beginning on February 25th on the Team 1040.

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Headshots January 16th

Thomas Drance
January 16 2012 03:18PM

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

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George Parros Wouldn't Fit With the Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 16 2012 02:16PM

Today Doug MacLean caused a stir when he said on the Fan 590 that the Canucks were close to acquiring tough guy George Parros from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. A few hours later, after people pestered him with questions about exactly how imminent this trade was, TSN's Bob McKenzie debunked the rumour saying that the Canucks and Ducks haven't had a single conversation about the Mustachioed pugilist. 

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Lets Hope The Canucks Are Just Tired

Thomas Drance
January 16 2012 12:48PM


DOH!

Though the Canucks have won three times in the past five games, including two wins over the Bruins and Blues (both among the best five-on-five teams in the NHL), the team has been playing by far their worst hockey of the season.

At Canucks Army, we pride ourselves on contextualizing results, and placing more emphasis on predictive signs like the way a team controls events, especially when the score is tied, than on transient ones, like wins and losses. In the first month of the season, this approach led us to point out how unlucky the team was, and to assure our readers that the team was poised to turn it around despite some frustrating losses and the club's .500 record. By that same logic, it's worth pointing out that the Canucks are trending in the wrong direction over the past week.

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