October 20 2011 08:13AM
What follows is a breakdown of how Vancouver’s prospects in major junior, NCAA or European hockey are doing at this early stage of the season. Excluded in this series of columns are the prospects with professional contracts plying their trade with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
October 19 2011 05:54PM
There is no figure in hockey more polarizing than Roberto Luongo.
Yesterday's game against the Rangers only added more fuel to the fiery debate.
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Guest post by Stefan
Editors Note: Stefan is my coworker, and an avid hockey and Canucks fan. We have frequent e-mail debates about the merits of the Canucks, their lines, the coaching, and most frequently - Roberto Luongo. To preface this post, in his own words..."This is important because I think Canucks fans need to come to reality with respect to their ‘elite’ goaltender. He is the best goalie the team has ever had, but he’s unstable and he is not elite. A certain level of criticism is deserved, but also recognize that Canucks fans tend to get too high and too low and we need to treat Luongo like an insecure teenager; criticize too much and you may destabilize him. "
October 19 2011 03:05PM
If you missed it, here's the pre-game video honouring Rick Rypien. I love how it ends with Rypien pumping up the crowd.
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October 19 2011 11:23AM
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The Canucks had as frustrating a third period as it is possible to have last night. Luongo was bad, the re-jigged defensive pairings were bad, and their forwards seemingly quit with ten minutes left to play. It was a tough end to a game that the Canucks thoroughly controlled through forty minutes...
So you're down in the dumps this morning, feeling bad about the team, and considering starting a riot with the kids at your local high-school. I know how it is, I'm a Canucks fan too. Thankfully, because Canucks fans are the worst, we can find refuge in basic pettiness, which, to be totally frank, is the plan.
October 18 2011 11:45PM
Luongo's ugly night was compounded by an inverted Bicycle Kick from Alberts
Photo Credit: The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward
It was Rick Rypien Night at Rogers Arena and the Canucks, though absolutely dominant through forty minutes, were unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers penalty-killers. In the third frame the ice tilted the other way, and the Rangers scored four goals, three of them on the rush and all of them from home-plate. Canucks fans jeered Luongo, at Rogers Arena and on Twitter, and Bieksa fought and taunted Brandon Dubinsky. When the final buzzer sounded, the Canucks record had slipped to 2-3-1 on the season.