The Best of the Nation – 10.7.12

Jonathan Willis
October 07 2012 09:13AM

After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.

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The Trevor Linden Trade: Hurray, Mike Keenan!

Jonathan Willis
October 06 2012 09:43AM

Photo: Bad Intentionz/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

For Canucks fans of a certain vintage, there’s no player that compares to Trevor Linden. The much-loved former captain captured the emotions of fans in a way that more talented players, such as Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure never did.

The man who sent him away, Mike Keenan, falls on the other end of the emotional spectrum. Keenan became the principle figure in hockey operations on the team between the firing of Pat Quinn late in 1997 and the hiring of Brian Burke in the summer of 1998; he was Vancouver’s de facto general manager. When he’s remembered, it’s typically with loathing.

Interestingly, the trade he’s perhaps best known for – the February 1998 deal that saw Linden shipped to Long Island – ultimately paid off in spades for Vancouver.

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Headshots: October 5th

Jeff Angus
October 05 2012 03:10PM

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

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Tunnel vision from a member of the Edmonton media

Cam Charron
October 05 2012 12:29PM

I was doing some reading today and came across this quote from one Mark Spector:

For example, you'll never have come to an agreement with a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization about that team's propensity for diving or referee baiting.

For familiar Canucks Army readers, you may recall that that doesn't seem quite right. There is at least one published example of at least one member of the Vancouver Canucks calling out his team for diving and referee baiting:

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The Top 10 Transactions Of The Mike Gillis Era: Part 1

Dimitri Filipovic
October 05 2012 10:20AM


Flash back to April of 2008, which saw the Vancouver Canucks miss out on the postseason for the second time in three years. There were strong assets in place, but changes needed to be made. The team replaced then general manager Dave Nonis, with Mike Gillis - a player agent, with no prior managing experience.

What ensued has been a glorious, and beautiful partnership that no Canucks fan can complain about. The team is currently in the midst of the greatest run in franchise history. Have there been some hiccups along the way? Sure. And maybe there's a list that encompasses those blunders coming next week (that's what we in the industry call a tease, folks).

But today, I'll be counting down the Top-10 transactions - which includes signings, draft picks, trades, and even choosing to employ certain personnel as part of the management team - of the Mike Gillis era, starting with numbers 10-6.

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