Catching Up With Old Friends: Former Canucks Forwards

Thomas Drance
January 02 2014 12:46PM


The one that got away!
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At the very outset of every calender year the ubiquitous New Years anthem "Auld Lang Syne" beckons us, rhetorically, to remember old friendships: "May old acquaintance be forgot and never come to mind?"  

With the New Year now upon us and with Sami Salo having been fondly welcomed back to Rogers Arena on Wednesday night, we figured we'd heed that age old call from Robbie Burns and take a brief look at how ex-Canucks skaters are performing around the league this season.

We'll do it as a series, actually, with a post today on ex-Canucks forward and then another post on ex-Canucks defensemen and goaltenders tomorrow. Read on past the jump.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Dick Panik in Vancouver

Dimitri Filipovic
January 02 2014 10:51AM


Image via @CrownRoyal22 

Reading some of the postgame quotes you'd think that Wednesday night's lackluster effort v. the Lightning was something we'd become accustomed to seeing as part of a worrying trend, rather than an aberration. But with a 10-1-2 month of December in the rearview mirror, I think it's fair to say it's far more of the latter than the former, and we should take this performance for what it is: an outlier more than anything else.

After losing a game a few days ago in which they had really deserved a better fate v. the Flyers, the right team won this time around. John Tortorella hit the nail right on the head when he said the following, "that's a team effort. It is probably our worst game of the year. We deserved to lose that one and we did.”

You sure did, Torts. Read on past the jump for a deeper look at what went wrong.

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Canucks Army GDT #42 - Lightning @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
January 01 2014 01:53PM

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you all had a good night, stayed safe, have spent this morning hydrating properly, and are ready for some hockey tonight.

There's only one game left on the slate for the first day of 2014 - with all of the Winter Classic festivites finally coming to an end - and it's the Canucks taking on their bitter rival in the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Okay, fine, it may not seem like the most riveting matchup on paper (especially considering the sole reason people circled this game on their calendars when the schedule came out, Steven Stamkos, isn't even playing), but the Lightning are actually playing some fine hockey these days and really intrigue me as a fan of the game, personally.

Read on past the jump for a quick preview.

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Out of the System: Polasek, We Hardly Knew Ye

Josh W
December 31 2013 12:18PM


Image Courtesy of CBC

In a surprise move it was recently reported that the Canucks have placed prospect defenceman Adam Polasek on unconditional waivers to have him bought out.  While there is little in terms of reports on this, it would appear to be a similar situation to Zack Hamill where Polasek had his contract bought out as he was not happy sitting in the ECHL and is looking to play elsewhere. 

Read more following the break...

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Canucks Army Postgame: Stone Mason

Rhys Jessop
December 31 2013 12:17AM

Steve Mason makes a first period save on Chris Higgins.

After a close and competitive game in Calgary just over 24 hours ago, the Canucks should have been a tired team on a back-to-back after a night of travel, but the Roxy Flu appeared to be in full effect as it was the Canucks who dominated the well-rested Flyers. Then Steve Mason happened; he stopped 41 of 44 shots through regulation and overtime, and all three Canucks shooters in the shootout and effectively stole a game for Philadelphia.

Yes, Steve Mason stole a game for an NHL hockey team.

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