March 07 2014 04:38PM
Image via The Stanchion
There has been very, very, very little to get excited about or provide reasons for optimism moving forward from the Vancouver Canucks in 2014 thus far. They've gone 5-16-3 in the new year, having been outscored by a 73-39 margin. That's 1.63 goals/game for those of you that don't have a calculator handy. To put that figure into context: the Buffalo Sabres, ranked 30th in goals/game on the season, are at 1.95 on the year.
Every which way you look at it, things have been bad; the best goaltender in the franchise's history was dealt, one of the two best players on the team asked out and after not being traded is now forced to play out the remainder of the season with this giant cloud looming overhead, and there have been intimations that both the GM and coach are lame ducks at this point. That's atop all of the losing and mind-numbingly boring play every time they hit the ice.
Maybe they'll be slightly more palatable now that they've finally given in to the cries and pleas from their fans, and called up their '11 1st rounder and highly regarded offensive prospect, Nicklas Jensen.
March 07 2014 03:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks lost by a 6-1 score to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. It wasn't the only losing they'd go on to do on the night, though, as they also went on to lose Zack Kassian's services for the next 3 games after the league announced that he'll be suspended for his hit from behind on Canucks Army favourite, and Surrey native, Brenden Dillon.
March 07 2014 01:19PM
Ah, those were the days.
I'm typing these words up at 6:09 on a Thursday evening, between the afternoon and the evening curling draws at the Brier. It's not that I find curling more exciting than hockey, but I don't think I've watched a full Vancouver Canucks game beginning-to-end since their game against Toronto right before the Olympic break, and before then, well, yeah.
I was born in Vancouver, grew up in Vancouver and have lived 98% of my life in British Columbia. I've also spent about 40% of my life watching sports. It would shock my 15-year-old self that my 25-year-old self doesn't watch Canucks games all the time anymore, nor particularly cares where they finish in the standings. I'm not sure quite what did me in, but I haven't cheered for a goal since the Stanley Cup riot (well, except that time Chris Tanev happened).
There's a TV behind me tuned to TSN replaying the Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore incident on repeat, doing a 10-part series because of the 10-year anniversary of March 8. 2004. Yeah, I was at that game too. I remember the date.
March 07 2014 11:09AM
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While you were busy focusing on the Roberto Luongo trade, and whether or not Ryan Kesler should be dealt, I was pounding the pavement, looking to find some answers to the question of the day for those of you prospects junkies out there: "who the heck is Jeff Costello?".
The team made three trades during this year's trade deadline frenzy, and from a prospect perspective, the impact was fairly limited. Jeff Costello was brought in, and Patrick Mullen/Steven Anthony were shipped out.
Just past the jump we'll have some thoughts on that, though, as well as all of the latest Comets Militia updates, and all of the other things you've become accustomed to reading up on here (OHL, WHL, ECHL, NCAA, and even Europe). We do it all.
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March 06 2014 11:02PM
"Must-win game!" "Biggest game of the year!" "Fighting for their playoff lives!"
Those are all things you probably heard leading up to tonight's showdown with the 2nd-place-in-the-wildcard Dallas Stars. Since Vancouver was sitting just two points back of the Stars but with two more games played, a loss would really go a long way to pushing Vancouver's season to the brink. You'd expect then that the Canucks would come out flying in a desperate attempt to gain some oh-so-valuable ground on one of the teams they're chasing, right?
Haha, wrong! Vancouver learned the hard way that you cannot stop Jamie Benn, you can only hope to contain him. He and Tyler Seguin combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in a 6-1 beatdown of the Canucks in the first game of the post-Luongo era. Read past the jump for a recap and possibly some group therapy. Possibly.