October 13 2012 02:31PM
In an ideal world, Canucks fans would be spending this afternoon excited about the team's home opener against the upstart (but realistically still moribund) squad known as the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's game would've marked Nail Yakupov's NHL debut, and Canucks fans surely would have cheered deliriously every time a Canucks forward dumped the puck into Justin Schultz's corner and lined him up for a big hit. Also, it would've been hilarious to hear the Rogers Arena faithful chant "Seatt-le! Seatt-le" all game long.
Instead, of course, there's no NHL hockey tonight. But all is not lost, there's plenty of other things that might occupy your time this Saturday evening! Let's explore some options after the jump.
October 13 2012 10:59AM
What would have happened if Mats Sundin had agreed to the original two-year, $20 million contract offer from Mike Gillis and the Canucks back in July of 2008? A lot, apparently....
October 12 2012 07:12PM
Dale Weise is getting in the Halloween spirit a bit early...
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October 12 2012 03:23PM
As far as sports months go, it doesn't get any better than October. We have one sport entering its second season (baseball), another just hitting its stride (football), and two more getting off the ground (basketball and hockey). It's that glorious and rare time of year when fans of all major sports are united by an unspoken, unanimous glee.
As hockey fans, we can all probably agree that above all else, the newly-fallen leaves and the crispness in the air as we approach mid-October conjures up one thought: NHL hockey is back. But as my hunger for hockey usually approaches its peak right around now, so does my desire to dust off my favourite horror films, turn off my brain, and watch a few dumb teenagers reach an untimely but appropriately Darwinian end. It's just what I do in October. This year, however, the line between my two favourite traditions is becoming less defined every day.
October 12 2012 02:06PM
Jason Garrison and Alex Edler (pictured here with their teammates at the BC Lions game earlier this week) aren't locked out.
They're injured instead.
Defensemen who play for the Vancouver Canucks have traditionally gotten injured at such a rapid rate, that the team's fans have come to believe that the position is cursed. In fairness, this perception may be amplified by the fact that the Canucks employed Sami Salo for most of the past decade. Still, every season it seems, at the worst possible moment, the Canucks' defensive-corps will suffer a critical injury (or two, or three).
In 2010 for example, Willie Mitchell was already out with a concussion and Sami Salo was playing through a testicle injury after being struck in the nether regions by a puck a couple of games previous, when Alex Edler got injured in the first period of an elimination game. The Canucks lost.
In 2011, the club was well poised to win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, then critical contributor Dan Hamhuis threw an ill-advised hip-check at an offside Milan Lucic in game 1, hurt his groin, and was unable to return in the series. The Canucks lost in seven - in case you forgot.
On Friday afternoon, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis joined the Team 1040 mid-day show with Blake "happy endings" Price and Matt Sekeres and revealed that the lockout has done nothing to dent the curse. Read past the jump for more.