Some Thoughts on a New-Look Lineup

Dimitri Filipovic
November 16 2013 01:05PM

The Vancouver Canucks have only played one hockey game since last Sunday, which has allowed them to get healthy and go back to the drawing board in practice. Due to a litany of injuries up-front, we've seen all sorts of different line combinations over the course of the first 6-7 weeks of the season. Some have been good, and some haven't. 

This morning it was reported that, with Jannik Hansen set to be activated from the LTIR, we'd see a lineup that was probably much closer to the one we envisioned prior to the season. I've put a fair amount of time into thinking about how I'd personally like to see the 4 lines shake out, and will get into that just past the jump.

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Hunter Shinkaruk Comes to Town, Loses Fight, Wins our Hearts

Dimitri Filipovic
November 16 2013 10:38AM

As you can tell, Hunter Shinkaruk probably bit off more than he could chew on Friday night.

The Vancouver Giants are making no secret of the fact that they're not exactly poised to make a run this season. Heck, their slogan for the campaign is "Champions UNDER CONSTRUCTION" written inside of a big road hazard sign. They were a league worst 21-49-2 last season, and they're 9-11-1 this year. As a result, fans of the team - and even casual fans that may have otherwise being going because after all, it's still hockey - haven't exactly been going out to the games in droves.

But on Friday night the Pacific Coliseum saw its 2nd biggest crowd of the year, and with good reason, as Vancouver Canucks 24th overall pick Hunter Shinkaruk came to town with his Medicine Hat Tigers squad. I was there, and while there wasn't much to speak of in the way of worthwhile happenings for the first 2+ periods, the 3rd more than made up for it. After the game I got the chance to speak to Shinkaruk himself, so I've gone ahead and transcribed the interview just past the jump. 

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The Canucks Week in Quips for Nov 15th

November 15 2013 01:29PM

Dumbest thing you've ever seen? Probably.

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Swedish Meatballs for All! Back-Up Goaltender Eddie Lack Gets 2-Year Deal

Dimitri Filipovic
November 15 2013 11:45AM

The soon-to-be 26 year old Swede was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The deal is worth $2.3 million, which means that it'll carry a $1.15 mil cap hit. A nice bump in pay from the $850k he's making this season as the team's back-up 'tender.

Read on past the jump for more.

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A Tale of Two Cities

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November 15 2013 10:42AM

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

It was the best of Corsi, it was the worst of Corsi, it was the age of statistics, it was the age of character, it was the epoch of Beleafs, it was the epoch of math ability, it was the season of Fights, it was the season of Lockouts, it was the summer of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had Extra Skater before us, we had no TimeOnIce before us, they were going direct to the Playoffs, they were going direct to the lottery -- in short, the period was so far like the third period of the Bruins series, that some of the noisiest media authorities insisted on the Leafs being treated, wrongly or even more wrongly, in the superlative degree of shot quality only.

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