May 29 2012 03:42PM
With almost a full week off between hockey games, talk in Canuckville has turned to pressing off-season needs. And there are a number of them. With Mike Gillis floating the idea of keeping both Luongo and Schneider, there's a pretty sizeable hole in the goalie budget looming. (Insert Luongo/hole joke here) And I'm sure we can all safely agree that Keith Ballard is not going to fill the hole on the blue line left by the departure of Christian Ehrhoff. But if there's one thing that's clear, it's that Alain Vigneault needs to go back into radio silence mode. Ouch. That was some first day back, Alain.
But this is just the start of the NHL's silly season...
May 29 2012 03:05PM
The Canucks had a rotating door of third line centres last season, and never really found the right fit.
Despite a second straight season at the absolute top of the league table, the Vancouver Canucks were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs in the first round this Spring. Changes are clearly required to put this club over the hump, but the front-office has elected to return the entire coaching staff (a move we generally support) so those changes are going to have to come in the form of roster moves this offseason.
We're spending this week looking at the Canucks' areas of need, for a series quite creatively dubbed: Canucks Team Needs. Yesterday we looked at the team's gaping hole in the top-four of their defense-corps, and today, we'll turn our attention to club's most pressing need: a reliable tough-minutes centreman for the third line.
Read past the jump for more!
May 29 2012 02:46PM
So far, these playoffs have defied prediction, as our playoff prediction contest tends to demonstrate. Interestingly though, there seems to be a very clear favourite in the series between Los Angeles and New Jersey.
May 28 2012 12:56PM
Beyond Bieksa and Hamhuis: the Canucks defense-corps is a big question mark going into this offseason.
As the ink dries on Alain Vigneault's long-awaited (and controversial) contract extension, and with the brush fires Vigneault started with comments regarding Kesler's injury and Luongo's trade request more or less extinguished by Mike Gillis - we're probably in for a slow week (or two) of Canucks news. To help pass the time we'll be running a series this week that looks at what didn't quite work for the Canucks this past season. We'll diagnose some issues, poke at some holes in the roster and discuss some possible offseason remedies for what ails Vancouver's hockey club. We're calling it our "Canucks Team Needs" series, and it starts today with a look at the blue-line.
Read past the jump for more.
May 28 2012 11:55AM
Just over a week ago we announced a contest to design a new NHLNumbers logo. And aside from those designers who castigated us for soliciting spec work or something, the response was fairly positive. We received a number of excellent entries which we have been poring over with serious minds and profound thoughts.
It's too difficult a decision for us, I think, so we'd like reader impressions as well. We'll forgo the easily skew-able web poll in favor of yays or nays in the comments. Share your thoughts and we'll pick the winner from the finalists by the end of the day.
Thanks again to to everyone who participated.
First up we have what was obviously the strongest submission -
Luckily it was from Nations Network owner Wanye Gretz who was therefore ineligible to enter. Nevertheless, he clearly set a pretty high bar.
Following in no particular order are the true potentials: