Joseph LaBate - The Next David Backes?

Jeff Angus
October 27 2011 11:49AM

The Canucks were manhandled physically in the latter stages of the Stanley Cup Final against Boston. As much as the stellar play of Tim Thomas ultimately cost them the Stanley Cup, the constant physical play from Boston completely wore Vancouver down. Only a few short weeks later, the Canucks placed an emphasis on size at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. This drafting strategy may have just been by coincidence, but I think the two (losing to a bigger team and picking big players) had something in common. With the 101st pick, Vancouver picked Joseph LaBate, a rangy 6’4” center from the much-heralded Minnesota high school hockey system.

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Questions from a Stanchion

The Stanchion
October 27 2011 11:34AM

Much like Jack Bauer, I too often stop cleaning my gun to scream momentarily.
Much like Jack Bauer, I too often stop cleaning my gun to scream momentarily.

Every week I plan on asking questions, questions I don't have answers to. I invite the community to help answer these questions. It is through these questions that I hope we can build a stronger Canuck Army, one capable of making Bieksa stop playing like an ass-clown, and one that makes Dan Hamhuis not attempt a hip check with the power of a 5 year old girl. So without further ado, I invite you to step inside and take a look at......Questions from a Stanchion.

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Different Goalie, Same Result

Cam Davie
October 27 2011 09:55AM


The Canucks were doing a whole LOT of this last night: CHASING THE PUCK.
And they have a new Canuck Killer on their hands - Alex Steen.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

We're now 10 games into the Vancouver Canucks' season, and one thing has become clear to me: the Canucks have mastered the art of phoning it in.

Whether the man in net is the much-maligned Roberto Luongo or the golden-boy Cory Schneider, the Canucks effort level when starting games has stayed at 0 with no signs of increasing. Last night, their disinterest was on full display from start to finish, and the Canucks biggest problem lies with their best players.

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Individual Goal Songs

The Stanchion
October 27 2011 08:17AM

I've noticed some Canucks fans have begun asking for individual goal songs for when a particular player scores. This seems like a fun idea, yet another way for the NHL to interact with the fans to help promote an exciting atmosphere. Which is why everyone in the NHL, of course, says no. The Canucks in particular claim it is a team game, and to single out a player with an individual goal song would be counter productive to this ideal. 

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Headshots October 26th

Thomas Drance
October 26 2011 02:45PM


Cody Hodgson imitates the face I make when I read yet another "Canucks goaltending controversy" take.

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.

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