February 27 2012 12:51PM
New Canuck Sami Pahlsson battles Daniel Sedin for the puck.
There's a lot of confusion about what the acquisition of Sami Pahlsson means for the Canucks. Does the trade signal that the Canucks have lost faith in Manny Malhotra? Will Pahlsson cut into Cody Hodgson's precious ice-time? Did the Canucks really need another centre? The answer to those questions in order is: no, no and yes.
The big implications of the Pahlsson acquisition, from a deployment perspective, is that the trade suggests that the Canucks are planning on doubling down on their "D-zone start specialist" approach to the fourth line.
Read past the jump for more analysis on the trade.
February 27 2012 12:19PM
The Vancouver Canucks made their first deal of deadline just before 11 am on Monday, acquiring Sammy Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of fourth round draft picks.
This is quite the interesting move for the Canucks, for starters, it looks like he will be the added forward depth that can play some tough competition as a defensive specialist. Pahlsson is no stranger to tough minutes, starting just 32.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone and he's third among forwards in quality of competition faced.
Read past the jump for more analysis.
February 27 2012 11:01AM
Ricky Gervais is angry. And so am I. He's the only person worth watching
as host of an awards show. And you should skip the rest of the show and just watch him.
Photo courtesy moviephone
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday (this week, Tuesday!), and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week, I rip the awards out of the hands of Slap Shot, Sportsnet and Trade Deadline Day coverage.
February 27 2012 08:09AM
Today is the big day. There's thirty General Managers with five or so hours to improve their team before the trade window slams shut at 3 PM EST. As hockey fans everywhere tune in breathlessly, there's the obvious likelihood that today's deadline will go off with a whimper, rather than any sort of bang. It's a frenzied atmosphere - and as every General Manager past and present will tell you, "more mistakes get made" on this day, than on any other.
Over the past week we've taken stock of what the Canucks need and how much cap-space they have. We've looked at the franchise's recent history at the deadline and at what “winners” typically do at the deadline. We've also “targeted“ available forwards and defenseman. Now in the calm before the potential storm, lets think long and hard about whether or not it's even worthwhile for Mike Gillis to make a major move to his current roster.
Read on past the jump!
February 26 2012 10:18PM
For this special edition of the NHLNumbers podcast, Jonathan Willis, Rob Vollman, Justin Azevedo and myself (Kent Wilson) came together to talk all things trade deadline.