Canucks Story Lines to Watch for in 2013

Thomas Drance
January 01 2013 06:06PM

From the trade of beloved rookie Cody Hodgson, to the team's unceremonious first round exit at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to the mystifying, frustrating NHL lockout - 2012 was a tough year for the Canucks and their fans. If you want to relive a bleak twelve months, Harrison Mooney broke it down exhaustively over at Pass it to Bulis on Tuesday morning.

Rather than looking back at the wasteland that was the Canucks' 2012, we figured we'd look ahead to what promises to be a very intriguing 2013. I've singled out five primary story lines that I anticipate we'll be following closely in the new year, and you can read all about it on the other side of the jump.

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KHL: Ending 2012 with a bang

Steve Dangle
December 31 2012 10:23AM


Kovalchuk vs. Chara, Malkin's Magnitogorsk kills it, Ovechkin and Radulov go RRRAAAAWWWWRRRR! and more.


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Some Words on the Shapocalypse

Thomas Drance
December 30 2012 04:28PM

Fifteen months ago, I gave the "#shapcrew" the mic at this blog, as @Mariomontega and @Vitamin_v12 - the original purveyors of shap - wrote a mission statement of sorts, explaining why Vancouver Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault is a milt. Since then, shap has gone mainstream and the #shapcrew has expanded. At this point at least 30 individuals with varying levels of intelligence (from very smart to mind-numbling stupid), self-identify as "#shappers."

Last night, all of the group's momentum climaxed with a hilarious Roberto Luongo endorsement and a Twitter-based awards show - the second annual Shappy's - that was nothing short of rivetting. 

I'll wade into the muck a bit on the other side of the jump.

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2012 09:00AM

We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

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KHL: TImkin's Goal of the Year candidate. Platt's dangle, and Gillies goes with Ivanans

Steve Dangle
December 30 2012 05:46AM


Look at that intensity. LOOK AT IT!

Seriously though, if you watch these videos you'll see a good fight, some sick goals, including one disgusting spinorama worthy of being considered for goal of the year.


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