December 05 2014 03:00PM
In his first season with the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Stanton could be counted on for a predictably uneventful 15-minutes of ice time per game, and leave in the black for possession more often than not. It was the breakout campaign needed to launch Stanton from stud AHL defenceman to NHL regular.
I can count the Canucks who thrived under John Tortorella on one hand and Stanton is among them. Nothing was asked of Stanton offensively and even less was delivered. No qualms were to be had with this, as Stanton's value was always measured in the offense kept from his net. All substance, no flash.
It's been a precipitous fall from third-pairing grace since then and many are left wondering why. Injuries might be a likely suspect, if not for the fact that Stanton's return from his most recent ailment was delayed due to his desire to not rush it. Had he been more hasty in his return, there might be some validity to this.
So if injuries aren't to blame, then what has gone wrong for Stanton and what can we reasonably expect going forward? Well, you know the drill...
December 05 2014 10:00AM
Courtesy of UticaComets.com
Welcome back to this weeks’ edition of the Comets Militia Report, where we take a look at all the activities down on the farm. Despite a successful week, things are not looking too good for the Comets in the short term. Their defence corps has been absolutely obliterated with key players such as Bobby Sanguinetti, Henrik Tommernes, Peter Andersson, Frank Corrado, Kent Huskins, and Travis Ehrhardt all having experienced injuries or a call ups to the NHL.
You know your team is in trouble when you have Kane Lafranchise, John Negrin and Jeremie Blain all in your top-4. Combined with a (seemingly) dried up offense and an injured Jacob Markstrom, things aren’t the most positive for the Comets right now. Of course when you're starting the season looking like an elite team, any imperfection can be viewed as a big step back.
Continue past the jump to read more how the last week has gone.
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December 05 2014 07:30AM
Canucks luck, Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner, Oiler fans, Darryl Katz, Flames scoring chances, a new comic and more in this week's Roundup.
December 04 2014 09:15PM
The Vancouver Canucks have all hands on deck of late, as everyone keeps finding ways to pitch in for wins. Jannik Hansen recently went on a tear, the Sedins killed the Caps, and tonight the 3rd line of Shawn Matthias, Brad Richardson, and Linden Vey stole the show - with a little help from Eddie Lack - as Vancouver convincingly brushed aside a very strong Pittsburgh Penguins team by a 3-0 score.
Read past the jump for a full recap of tonight's win.
December 04 2014 02:01PM
The Canucks will continue their eastward swing on Thursday, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Consol Energy Center. It will be the fourth leg of the Canucks seven-game road trip, which marks the more than half-way mark of completion. Thus far, the Canucks are 2-1 with victories over Columbus and Washington, while having surrendered their only loss to Detroit.
Can the Canucks keep up their success against the Leastern Conference, or will the supremely talented Penguins overwhelm them? Lets set the stage, on the other, other side of the jump.