November 20 2012 09:46AM
We really should have seen this more times than we actually have by this point of their careers.
There are many people who have felt the collateral damage stemming from the NHL lockout. The thing about this entire process is that it doesn't pick and choose who it leaves in its wake. Players who have essentially been left without a job. Arena workers and employees who have literally been left without a job. Writers who can only write so many times about the AHL, and prospects. And the fans, who just want to watch some professional hockey.
But another casualty that may not necessarily be in the forefront is the bigger picture for certain players. I'm specifically referring to the legacies that they leave behind as professional athletes; how will they be remembered, years after their playing days have come to an end? There's many things that factor into this, including word of mouth (the memories people have of watching them in their primes, that are passed down to younger generations), hardware accumulated (which encompasses both individual and team accomplishments), and statistics that allow them to put their own personal stamp into the record books.
What we generally fail to consider is how short a time frame they have to get all of that done, at least relatively speaking. According to recent studies, the average length of career for an NHL player is 5.5 years, which is an insanely low figure.
And that's why missing two full years - in 2004-05, and potentially this current one - is substantial. There are numerous great players around the league whose legacies will have conceivably been altered due to the two seasons that they never got a chance to perform in. Two of those guys just so happen to play in Vancouver.
Read Past the Jump for More.
November 19 2012 02:12PM
Image Via @ObiwanJennobi
So, at this point the NHL Lockout is driving me nuts. Without hockey games to analyze, line-combinations to explain, hot-streaks to debunk and unfair criticisms of Alain Vigneault to shit on - I'm left scraping the bottom of the barrel to manufacture blog content. Today's post arguably represents my lowest point (but realistically the lockout is only 70 days old, so I still have plenty of time to go even lower).
There are now more daily users on Instagram than there are on Twitter, and for the most part, people use Instagram the way Twitter's critics suggest Tweeters use Twitter (by which I mean that Instagram is 80% pictures of food).
For Canucks fans, Instagram appears to be used primarily to share photos of them meeting their favorite player, photos of their newest Canucks gear, of them and their friends cheering on the team, or to take pictures of weed with a Canucks lighter vaguely included in the photo. And all of these photos are shared with the hashtag: "#Canucks."
My favorite type of "#Canucks" tagged Instagram photo, however, are the photos from pet owners dressing their pets, children and snowmen up like real people. So I decided to curate the best, of the best cute Canucks supporters on Instagram. Enjoy!
November 18 2012 11:44PM
Here for your entertainment, ladies and gents, are highlights from five KHL games. If you're skeptical about the KHL, watch the highlights from the CSKA Moscow-Lokomotiv game and the Dynamo Moscow-Dinamo Minsk game, because those were damn good games.
November 18 2012 08:23AM
After the jump, some of the best general interest articles from the Nation Network this week. Topics include (but are not limited to, he said in a lawyerly, small print voice): Justin Schultz, whether older players get worse over the course of a long season (don't break a hip, Ryan), the best bargains in the NHL, Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure and Barrie Stafford, the best and worst in jerseys, a player who isn't happy with his NHL '13 rating, and of course the lockout.
November 17 2012 09:40PM
Wolves skaters check out one of the few noteworthy moments - a Guillaume Desbiens fight - on the jumbotron.
Anyone that knows me will tell you all about how fond I am of word play, and let me tell you, the title above was not accidental. There's some things that you just can't unsee, and unfortunately, I get the feeling that this Saturday night tilt between the Wolves and the Peoria Rivermen is one of them.
After two lackluster periods, there seemed to be a potentially exciting finish to the game brewing, as the result was still in question. Those sentiments were quickly erased once the Rivermen locked the game down after netting the go-ahead goal with roughly 10 minutes left.
The Wolves - who lost to this same Peoria team by a 3-2 score in overtime last night - lost for the first time in regulation at the Allstate Arena. As you can tell, I won't sugarcoat things; this game was incredibly choppy, and poorly played all the way around. But some things did happen, and I'll do my best to fill you in on them.
Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.