The SYAE Podcast - A Terribly Sad Season Preview

Dimitri Filipovic
September 21 2012 11:31AM

There were plenty of topics for us to talk about on this particular edition of the podcast, ranging from Shane Doan spurning the Canucks, to Alex Burrows' extension, to Roberto Luongo trade talks. And we did in fact wind up discussing some of those topics towards the end of the show.

But for some unbeknownst reason, we decided to record a show that was centered around an in-depth preview of the early season schedule for the Canucks. You read that correctly.

Never have three individuals been more willing to inflict psychological pain on themselves. Two types of people will thoroughly enjoy this podcast - those that wish to be miserable, and those that take satisfaction in the misery of others (just kidding it's actually a pretty funny pod, I swear!).

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Swedish Court Decision Will Allow Edler, Twins to Play Top Level Hockey in Sweden

Thomas Drance
September 21 2012 08:29AM

This is barely relevant, but it's too awesome not to use.
Image via hfboards.

It's a safe bet that former Canucks captain and current Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is enjoying a bottle of bubbly in Sweden this evening.

During the summer, the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League or SEL) rather preposterously decided to forbid clubs from signing locked out NHLers to short-term contracts. That decision was over turned today by the Swedish Comeptition Authority, who ruled the Elitserien's initial decision to be illegal.

As a result, Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is now free to recruit his former Canucks teammates, and other "Modo affiliated NHLers" to come play for a hockey team that has struggled immensely over the past two seasons. You can bet he's breathing a sigh of relief!

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Headshots September 20th

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2012 04:56PM

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

You're going to be shocked when you hear this, but apparently, Dan Hamhuis isn't spending his time these days hanging out and indulging in junk food. As Ben "The Kooooz" Kuzma writes, he is working hard on his skating. And if @TheStanchion's image from above is any indication, he's clearly not lacking any incentive.

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Evaluating The Vancouver Canucks' Farm System

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2012 01:52PM

How does an organization accrue high-end prospect talent in its system? Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is circumstance; naturally, the Edmonton Oilers have been able to accumulate top notch prospects in recent years. Thus is the life of a team that truly bottoms out. 

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You Can't Out-skate a Bad Reputation

Thomas Drance
September 20 2012 12:01PM

Since he made his NHL debut, and probably well before that, Ryan Kesler has played the game of hockey on the edge. More precisely, he's always played hockey with an edge: he's surly on the ice, he plays a style that is "unimpeded" by any regard for his own physical well being, and occassionally, he'll do his utmost to sell a call.

That latter bit, in my observation, has become a bigger part Kesler's game over the past season. During the playoffs it resulted in him being roundly mocked on the interwebs, but now, there's a chance that it could result in some officially sanctioned public embarrassment as well.

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