September 30 2011 09:27AM
Confused as to why Aaron Rome gets so many minutes? Check your spread-sheet.
In the summer of 2010, Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks had a big decision to make. After finishing tied for 11th in the National Hockey League in goals against, the Canucks needed to find away to improve that aspect of their game. While they had strong defenders in Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa, along with an eventual Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler up front, what the team lacked defensively was the difference between being a "good" team and a "great" team.
September 30 2011 01:00AM
Photo Credit: Robert Galbraith, REUTERS
The Canucks dressed their third line, their third pairing, Cody Hodgson, Mikael Samuelsson and a bunch of empty sweaters on Thursday evening against the majority of the San Jose Sharks opening night line-up. Predictably they were trounced and shut-out by a score of 3-0. Pavelski, Boyle and McGinn tallied for San Jose and Thomas Greiss made twenty-five saves for the shutout.
The game was reasonably entertaining I thought - except for when three fights, two of them staged fights directly off of consecutive face-offs - decimated the game's pace. At issue - Keith Ballard's totally clean hip-checks, which, the Sharks took objection too in the playoffs last season, and continue to be irrationally annoyed by. It's worth noting that - if anything - Ballard's desire to throw submarining hip-checks increased in the third period, so San Jose's efforts to deter that type of hit were a total waste.
September 29 2011 02:13PM
As part of the expansion of our coverage of all things Canuck for the 2011-12 season - we are going to be checking in with the Chicago Wolves at least once a week. To kick things off, this week the Army spoke with Jason Shaver, who since 2008 has been the play-by-play commentator of the Chicago Wolves. From a family of hockey broadcasters, and a former college player, the Minnesotan clearly knows his stuff and seemed an ideal candidate to help us kick off our 2011-12 Chicago Wolves coverage by giving us some insight into the Wolves as an organization.
September 29 2011 11:43AM
Is Alex Burrows poised for a career year?
I’d like to extend my thanks to Thom for the invite to the CanucksArmy writing team. I have been writing and managing the DobberHockey website for the past few years. My writing over there tends to focus more on the numbers and statistics. That isn’t to say that my writing here will ignore those things, but I will cover a much broader spectrum of hockey-related subjects – all pertaining to the Vancouver Canucks, of course.
This off-season has been one unlike any experienced in Vancouver in a long, long time. The team played well into June, and several key players are still recovering from a grueling postseason run. The team lost its highest scoring defenseman, and the heart and soul of the team is likely to miss the first month of the season. However, there are still many reasons why the Canucks should once again be an elite NHL club in 2011-12. I’ll speak on 10 of them.
September 29 2011 11:08AM
Eleven has been my favourite number since I can remember. I had short affairs with some higher ups like 17, 19 and 23, but 11 has always been the number that made me feel the most confident. It is strange how a lucky number can impact our psyche or our minds, yet today on the 11th anniversary of my father’s passing I have an eerie mixture of confidence and yearning.
Eleven years ago today, my father, William Arthur Gregor, passed away at the young age of 56. Dad had a massive heart attack in his car at a red light in Sherwood Park. He had quit smoking a few years earlier, wasn’t a heavy drinker or overweight, but sadly it was his time.