November 24 2011 12:01PM
There are some uncanny similarities between Lebron James, and the Vancouver Canucks. Both made the finals and lost this year, both Lebron and the Canucks (led by their goaltender Lebrongo) are reputed to be "choke artists" despite being really good at what they do, and both are almost universally reviled. Of course, there are also some key differences, like the fact that Lebron took his talents to South Beach, whereas the Canucks take talent out of South Beach - but that's a minor quibble with the overall applicability of this drawn out comparison...
November 24 2011 11:50AM
The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.
November 24 2011 11:27AM
With last night's shutout road win over the Colorado Avalanche, Canucks head-coach Alain Vigneault moved into sole possession of the franchise's all-time head-coaching wins mark. But what does Vigneault's team record mean in the context of Canucks history, and where does he rank in the pantheon of the "best" all time Vancouver Canucks coaches?
November 24 2011 08:54AM
Joe Cannata is having a stellar season in the NCAA, but was he a good value pick at 179th overall?
Mike Gillis has made it a point to draft one goaltender each year since taking over the Canucks back in 2008. With so many late-blooming goaltenders making an impact at the NHL level in recent years (Niklas Backstrom, Antti Niemi, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Jonas Hiller, most notably), the question needs to be asked: is it worth using a draft pick on a goalie? The Canucks signed their top goaltending prospect, Eddie Lack, after he was passed over a few times at the draft. Projecting how a 17 or 18 year old goaltender will look at the NHL level in a few years is much harder than doing the same with a forward or defenseman.
November 24 2011 12:37AM
Cory Schneider Robs You.
Though it was a snoozer in Denver this evening, the Canucks got on track with their even-strength defense, and largely controlled play for sixty minutes. The victory was Alain Vigneault's 247th as the team's head-coach, making him the franchise's all-time wins leader. While the Canucks required a few moments of pure brilliance from Cory Schneider to get it done, they turned in a tidy effort to earn their coach that franchise mark.