Dreaming Of The Picture Perfect Third Line

Dimitri Filipovic
September 03 2012 10:19AM


The title of this post was originally set to be ‘All I Want for Christmas Is..’, before a last minute change. I figured it would be just a tad bit too cheesy. But then again, that has never seemed to get in my way in the past. And it would have made sense timing-wise, given the fact that –by the looks of how CBA negotiations are coming along, or more accurately, not coming along - the earliest I’ll be able to see it in action will likely be in December.

The dream is simple. I want to see the Vancouver Canucks deploy a third line consisting of Jannik Hansen, Max Lapierre, and Chris Higgins. That’s a reasonable desire, right?

If you think about it, it makes too much sense for it not to happen. But then again, it can be a cruel world out there, and sometimes you just don’t get what you want. Plus, there are a few things that would need to fall into place to allow it to unfold.

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A Quirky Interview with Jan Bulis

Andrey Osadchenko
September 02 2012 01:45PM

This is a translation courtesy Andrey Osadchenko. The original interview was conducted by Vasilyi Trunov.

Vasilyi Trunov: Is it true that your hometown of Pardubice is all factories and industrial stuff?

Jan Bulis: There are some industrial buildings but they aren't as big as in Chelyabinsk. Have you ever heard of Semtex explosives? They make it in my hometown!

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Nation Radio - September 1, 2012

September 02 2012 09:38AM

Allan, in front, does the show while Kent Wilson (note the glorious mustache) and henchmen watch

It's the labour day long weekend! While most everyone was out enjoying the long weekend, drinking a beer or watching the kids run around for the last, few, short hours before school starts again, Allan Mitchell was hunched over a desk, calling people enjoying the break, and demanding they talk to him about hockey. A surprisingly large group of helpful experts not only answered the phone but also answered his questions - and here we are.

This is Nation Radio. 

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Tales of Regression: The 2002 Vancouver Canucks

Cam Charron
September 01 2012 03:02PM

If there was ever a definitive Vancouver Canucks season between Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1994 and 2011, there's a fair case for the 2002 campaign.

After a couple of years of knocking on the door, the 2002 team proved that the Canucks, led by the West Coast Express trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison, could be an elite franchise competing with the Detroits and Colorados of the Western Conference.

Vancouver made the playoffs as an 8-seed that season, winning two games at Joe Louis Arena before dropping their next four to the Red Wings. Even making the playoffs at that point, though, was a bit of a stretch. The Canucks started off the year terribly.

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Top 10 Moments of 2011-12: The Multitasking Kevin Bieksa

Jeff Angus
September 01 2012 12:34PM

Kevin Bieksa has provided his fair share of highlights over the years. From his days of a feared middleweight fighter, to his goal that sent the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final back in 2011, to his foray into glove tossing this past season, the man known as “Juice” is an integral part of the Canucks, both on and off of the ice. He and Dan Hamhuis form one of the best two-way defensive pairings in the entire league.

In 2011-12, Bieksa set a career high with 44 points in 78 games. The Grimsby, Ontario native now has three NHL seasons of 40 or more points. Even with a career year offensively, his play in 2011-12 could be best described as inconsistent, as his defensive game was a bit of an adventure at times.

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