Headshots October 4th

Dimitri Filipovic
October 04 2012 02:58PM

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, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Jordan Schroeder: Knocking on the Door

Jeff Angus
October 04 2012 10:41AM

Jordan Schroeder has received a lot of coverage at CanucksArmy over the past year or so. He is one of the top prospects in the organization, and with Kesler out of the lineup until December, would have been given every opportunity to earn a roster spot at Canucks training camp this year.

He slipped a bit in his draft year amid concerns over size (or lack thereof) and attitude (apparently a few of his pre-draft interviews didn’t go all that well).

Fast forward three years and Schroeder is now entering his third year of pro hockey, and is being counted on to play big minutes for the Chicago Wolves. I spoke to Minnesota Wild strength and conditioning coach Kirk Olson earlier this week, and Schroeder is one of a handful of pro hockey players that Olson works with each summer (others include Zach Parise, Drew Stafford, Derek Stepan, and Kyle Okposo).

Olson gave me some really good insights on Schroeder’s development both on and off the ice.

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Headshots October 3rd

Patrick Johnston
October 03 2012 03:39PM

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, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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The NHL Lockout, and the possibility of the league using Replacement Players

Patrick Johnston
October 03 2012 12:27PM


Things got pretty extreme in 1987 (© Bettmann/CORBIS via mentalfloss)

(I should note that some credit for this piece should go to my brother, Rory Johnston, an aspiring sports lawyer, currently articling in Ontario. Follow him on twitter here. He helped to make sure my legal interpretations are correct.)

Bill Watters' recent rantings about replacement players being used as a bargaining tactic by the NHL's owners elicited a good question - would the NHL be allowed, legally, to use replacement players in Canada?

The NFL used replacement players in retaliation against a players' strike in 1987 and the players eventually capitulated. Watters has argued that should serve as a strong precedent for Gary Bettman & co. It's worked once in sports labour law, why not again?

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Be A Player: Spend your time during the lockout like the pros

Graphic Comments
October 02 2012 06:37PM

No such thing as a free lockout

Admit it: you're starting to get antsy.

It's October and you're starting to notice a gaping hole in your life where hockey used to be. Maybe you're like me and you just spent six hours of your Saturday sitting through 19 rounds of a meaningless hockey pool draft in an act of lockout denial. Sure, it's a 12-team keeper league with 8 protected players, so five of those six hours would be meaningless even if there wasn't a lockout. But I digress.

What I'm trying to say is that you're probably now finding yourself with a bunch of free time, and if you're lucky enough not to be a season ticket holder, maybe even extra money that you normally wouldn't have this time of year. Fear not, in today's Graphic Comments I'll show you how to deal with this just like the professionals.

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