Canucks, Lack Smother Flames

Thomas Drance
December 29 2013 08:51PM

 
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It wasn't pretty and it certainly wasn't exciting (for the most part), but the Vancouver Canucks got the job done with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Vancouver's NHL club looked a bit rusty early on - especially on a painful five minute power-play opportunity early in the contest - and a couple of defensemen, most notably Andrew Alberts, got banged up; but otherwise it was a quality return to action for the team following a week long Christmas break.

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Andrew Alberts sustains apparent injury following brutal elbow by Brian McGrattan

Thomas Drance
December 29 2013 06:40PM


Andrew Alberts is brutally felled by an elbow to the head from Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan
Stick-tap Kukla's Corner

With defensemen Alex Edler and Ryan Stanton on the shelf with injury, the Vancouver Canucks are already without two left-side defenseman for the medium term. The club may be without a third lefty defender going forward after Sunday night, as depth defenseman Andrew Alberts appeared to be rather seriously injured following an elbow to the head from Calgary Flames pugilist Brian McGrattan (see the video above). 

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CANUCKS ARMY GDT #40 - Canucks @ Flames

Thomas Drance
December 29 2013 10:19AM

The Vancouver Canucks return to action on Sunday evening after a week long Christmas break. The first game back after Christmas is often a tryptophan induced slog, and after a full week spent idle, presumably it'll take a bit for the Canucks to find their pre-Christmas form. Luckily they'll get a soft landing on Sunday evening, as they face the relatively hapless Calgary Flames in the first leg of back-to-back games. 

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Report: Canucks sign OHL leading scorer Dane Fox

Thomas Drance
December 28 2013 11:51AM


Could Dane Fox be a sly signing for the Canucks?
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According to the Erie Otters' forward's sister, OHL leading scorer and undrafted free-agent Dane Fox has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks:

The team hasn't confirmed their latest acquisition yet, but as we learned when Derek Joslin's sister broke the news of the defenseman signing with the team in the summer of 2012, siblings usually know their stuff.

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Luongo's Injury will Test the Canucks' Goaltending Depth

Thomas Drance
December 27 2013 03:35PM


The evidence is mounting: Lack might be pretty good at this "goaltending" thing.
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On Friday morning the Vancouver Canucks announced the recall of Utica Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson, a former Philadelphia Flyers draft pick who the Canucks signed as a free-agent this summer.

While there are indications from reporters that Roberto Luongo's groin ailment isn't serious, we don't really know, and the team is playing it close to the vest for now. What we do have is reasonable grounds, however, to presume that Vancouver's goaltending depth is about to be tested in a serious way. So let's look at Eddie Lack and Eriksson and see what we can reasonably expect from them if they're counted on between the pipes for a couple of weeks or so...

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