November 02 2013 02:02PM
In keeping with tradition, the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs will start at 4:00 p.m. local time to necessitate the CBC's mandate of having a pre-game ceremony before puck drop of the national game. For once, it will be non-Leafs related, and the Canucks will get to play a highlight reel of Pavel Bure's Hall of Fame career in front of a national audience in prime time. That's good, yes? Bure's number retirement is probably long overdue, and owing to him being enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame makes him the first of the Canucks numbers retirees with that honour
And then they will play a hockey game, and why bother? The Toronto Maple Leafs are an unstoppable juggernaut. They are the Lernaean Hydra of sports. Dominate a period of play against them, and they'll get out of it with red-hot goaltending, and catch a lucky break at the end of the period and take a lead. They cannot be killed, and the more you outplay them, the stronger they get.
November 02 2013 12:28PM
Gerry Kahrman/The Province
Call me nostalgic.
Pavel Bure is the best hockey player I've ever seen. The Sedins are close, but that should tell you just how good Pavel Bure was.
He's the star of my youth.
But there's no denying that there's complexity to how we should understand Pavel Bure.
November 01 2013 04:19PM
This is Zack Kassian's real hair. Disturbing player.
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November 01 2013 01:10PM
Image via @VanCanucks
After weeks of speculation, on Friday morning the Vancouver Canucks locked up Daniel and Henrik Sedin to twin four-year contracts. The pair were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in July, but the latest deal will keep the Canucks' top two scorers in franchise history through their 37-year-old seasons.
Terms of the deal were came out almost immediately after the deal itself. The twins will again make identical dollar amounts: $28-million over the four years for a $7-million average annual salary cap hit. While the contracts aren't of the length that make you think this is the last NHL contract the two will ever sign, it will probably be a cap-friendly deal, owing to the fact it's relatively short compared to other UFA deals for high-priced talent, and the salary cap is expected to increase.
October 31 2013 06:52PM
Well, although the Canucks' uniforms have certainly improved since then, I don't think I can say the same for Halloween costumes in general.
When did every womens' costume get the "sexy" adjective appended to it anyway? Sheesh.
I'll give the Canucks credit for one more thing, though. Not only does their ice cleaning crew at least have a few males on it, they don't make the female members of the ice crew wear the revealing outfits that most of the other teams do. I found the Avalanche ice crew outfits to be especially distasteful when I watched a pre-season game in Denver back in September.
But anyway, enough with the rant. Let's get on with this Halloween grab bag of graphic comments...