October 01 2012 02:52PM
Cliff Ronning (along with Jeff Brown and Jyrki Lumme) was my favorite player growing up.
It's also his birthday today. Happy 42nd birthday Cliff!
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October 01 2012 11:48AM
Photo Credit: Steve Bosch, PNG, Vancouver Sun
Most close observers tend to agree that "Public Relations" won't matter much in shaping the outcome of a new CBA, and they're probably right. But for a gate driven business in the midst of a public negotiation, the public relations angle isn't meaningless. The current lockout is a three dimensional game of chess and every little bit of leverage matters, especially because the owners possess a large structural advantage (since they control a Monopoly on elite-level professional hockey in North America).
To that end, over the past week Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis - the Vancouver Canucks' ace shut-down pairing - have been on a subtle media blitz. In contrast with Daryl Katz's Seattle feint (which was bungled messily by the reactive @NHL_Oilers Twitter account), and Jimmy Develano's mishandling of facebook (and his series of stupid public comments that led to his $250,000 fine); what Bieksa and Hamhuis have managed to do over the past ten days has been doubly impressive.
Read past the jump for more.
September 30 2012 10:42AM
Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0
Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it's own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL'er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier's return to the NHL, and more after the jump.
September 29 2012 01:00PM
There are legitimate reasons for concern in life. Thus far in life I have been exceptionally fortunate with health, and all the other things that sports ultimately take a backseat to. Currently my biggest concerns are the state of my fantasy football team, the ongoing developments in the NHL lockout, and what I'm having for lunch - in no particular order.
One thing that neither you nor I should be worried about though, is the 0-3 start to the season for the Vancouver Giants. At least not quite just yet. Despite what their record indicates, they have given us reasons to be optimistic about the future.
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September 29 2012 10:50AM
With three goals in the first three games of the season, Vancouver Giants forward Cain Franson is already reaping the rewards of another summer of hard work. The third-year forward has gone from a frequent healthy scratch to a vital part of the Giants roster in less than two years.
What makes Franson relevant to the Canucks? Well, for one, he is undrafted. And secondly, he spent this past summer with the Canucks at their annual prospect development camp. He didn’t stand out, but he didn’t look out of place, either. For Franson to earn an NHL contract in the future he has to continue to add size and strength to his lanky 6-0, 170 pound frame (and he has had to work his butt off to get to 170 pounds).
Would he be someone the Canucks look at next summer?