February 03 2014 04:51PM
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"You get lost sometimes, we need to take a look at the details. We won't win every game, but we need to at least play the right way. I didn't help matters for this team and we're in a tough spot right now. It's up to me to do my job and get this team back."
Those words - which as a whole may've been the biggest understatement of all understatements - came from John Tortorella during this morning's media availability. After going 4-9-2 in the month of January (falling to within 1 point of being on the outside looking in on the playoff picture), I think it's fair to say that the Vancouver Canucks are pretty happy with the fact that the calendar has flipped a page, revealing a new month.
The team will get its coach back for tonight's game, and while it remains to be seen whether some more successful showings will come as a result of that, at least we know that they'll be a more interesting squad to follow. And then there's the somewhat surprising return of a player whose importance can't be overstated, and a trade from earlier today, both of which'll surely improve the team's chances moving forward.
February 03 2014 03:28PM
Mikael Backlund's one-man show may've been enough for the Flames, but sadly, not for me..
Topics covered on today's edition of the show:
- An in-depth character assassination of Dale Weise.
- Why are the Canadiens making such a misguided effort to bring bad hockey players in?
- Some advice on a goaltender to pick up in your fantasy league.
- Potentially controversial feelings regarding Jack Edwards are revealed.
- A recap of this past weekend's slate of games.
- .. and along those lines, my punishment for losing is announced (check back on Wednesday)
Click past the jump to stream the podcast!
February 03 2014 11:23AM
He looks stoned. He'll fit in perfectly.
Is your team struggling? Do you feel down in the dumps? Do you see the success of a wonderful group of football players slightly south of your favourite NHL team's city (wearing similar colours) and want so badly to replicate that joy?
Well, a good idea may be to start trading with Marc Bergevin, who was kicked off the Montreal Canadiens section of HF Boards a little while ago because he kept suggesting ridiculous ideas with regard to the defence, such as signing Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon and also trading a useful third-pairing right-handed defenceman for a fifth line spark plug with good fashion sense.
January 31 2014 10:43PM
Great teams have Michael Frolik on the fourth line, Andrew Ladd on the third, and play Dustin Byfuglien as a complimentary forward. Mediocre teams have Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik on their first line, and lean on Dustin Byfuglien as their promary offensive weapon. Bad teams lose to teams who employ Frolik, Ladd and Byfuglien in major roles. Tonight, as with most nights of late, the Canucks were a bad team.
They were thoroughly out-played by a streaking but still below average Winnipeg Jets team, hemmhoraging scoring chances like a hemophiliac at a Gillette factory, and ultimately losing 4-3 on a late goal by Devin Setoguchi. And if things weren't bad enough, Vancouver lost yet another defenseman to injury. Read past the jump for a recap of tonight's events.
January 31 2014 03:35PM
It's been nearly 18 years since the Canucks last touched down in Winnipeg to play an NHL game, and the last time they did, they faced off against a Winnipeg team that included a young Teemu Selanne, Nikolai Khabibulin and Shane Doan. Suffice to say that a lot (read: everything) has changed since then, except for the fact that the Jets are still painfully mediocre. Then again, so are the Canucks.
Speaking of mediocrity, Vancouver is 7-9-4 in the past 20 games and just 3 points up on Phoenix for the final Wild Card spot. They need a win tonight, and they'll have to do it against some old acquaintances: Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, and Dustin Byfuglien's ass.