Remembering Rick Rypien Two Years Later

Dimitri Filipovic
August 15 2013 02:16PM

On this day two years ago, former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home, just a few months after he had signed a contract with the Winnipeg Jets. While he could legitimately play hockey - unlike many of the guys who played similar roles around the league - there's no doubt that he was still known for his toughness, and what he was capable of doing when the mitts were dropped. While he only suited up for the Canucks in 136 games over the span of his career, the imprint that he left on the team and their fans is undeniable.

By all accounts he continued to be a great teammate, and friend, even amidst all of the personal turmoil he was fighting through. It was for that reason that there was such an emotional outpour from people who knew him, sharing their fondest stories from over the years. Then there were the fans, who could relate due to their own personal struggles, who were inspired to share their own stories with the world.

While it's unquestionably tragic that such a young man with so much to live for took his own life, it wasn't all for naught. His story, and that of someone like Derek Boogard, has forced the issue in shifting the discussion and awareness of mental illness from something that was long considered taboo to something that we're all now cognisant of.

In the past two years there have been many, many beautiful words written on both the subject of mental illness, and Rick Rypien himself. I don't have much else to add that hasn't already been said. So instead, I've decided that on this day, I'd simply pass along some of my personal favourite articles that have been written for those that either haven't gotten to read them yet, or would like to give them another look. After all, this is a day of remembering for most.

Read on for more.

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Prospect Profile: #12 Alexandre Grenier

Jeff Angus
August 15 2013 10:16AM

Image via Matthew Henderson

To say that Alexandre Grenier has followed an unconventional developmental path since he was drafted by the Canucks in 2011 would be a bit of an understatement.

The lanky winger has played in four different leagues over the past two seasons – the QMJHL, Austria’s top pro league, the AHL, and the ECHL. Where will be suit up this coming season? And, more importantly, where does he stand as a prospect within this organization?

Read on for more.

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Prospect Profile: #13 Alexandre Mallet

Dimitri Filipovic
August 14 2013 10:21AM

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When the Vancouver Canucks selected Alexandre Mallet 57th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft, nearly everyone simultaneously raised their eyebrows in a show of surprise. After all, this was a player that had been passed over entirely by all 30 teams (including the Canucks) in the previous two drafts. 

It wasn't necessarily an indictment against Mallet - who had just finished off a rather impressive season for the Rimouski Oceanic - but moreso a shared feeling that Mike Gillis and company had needlessly reached for a player that would've surely been available later on in the draft.

At the time, I somewhat half-heartedly defended the decision; if they truly valued him as a prospect, and believed that he was legit, then I had no real issue with them ensuring that he became a member of the organization. Even if it meant reaching. Unfortunately, his play this past season did little to support the idea that he's actually "legit".

Read on past the jump for more on Mallet, his disappointing campaign, and what's next.

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Canucks Reportedly Interested in Douglas Murray, For Some Reason

Dimitri Filipovic
August 13 2013 02:16PM

I made a similar sour puss face when I heard the news; (Image via Tumblr)

Yesterday, news broke that Chris Tanev was at a standstill in his contract negotiations with the Canucks, and that he was receiving interest from teams in both the KHL and Swiss Elite League. Today, Jim Jamieson of The Province reported that the team has been "kicking the tires on huge free agent defenseman Douglas Murray".

Read on for more about why Douglas Murray is not the solution.

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The Constraints of a $64.3 Million Salary Cap in 2013-14

Jeff Angus
August 13 2013 11:15AM


The Canucks were one of the teams most affected by the reduced salary cap for this coming season (one of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was signed back in January).

How has the salary cap affected Mike Gillis (and what he has been able to do) this summer? How will it affect some of the potential training camp battles which are looming? Let’s take a look.

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