July 23 2013 11:40AM
Image uncredited via HFboards.
On Friday an agreement between the IOC and the NHL was reached, which will allow professional men's hockey players to compete in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. Shortly thereafter the Olympic schedule was released, followed promptly by the Canadian and American orientation camp rosters. On Tuesday the Swedes and Finns followed suit, and the North American nations named their respective coaching staffs.
So by this point we have a good feel for which Canucks players and coaches will be involved (or not) in the 2014 Olympic games. Beyond that there are a variety of players who may yet force their way onto their respective national team's rosters and, of course, there are a couple of players (and coaches) whom we might describe as having been snubbed.
Let's get into it further after the jump.
July 19 2013 12:39PM
Expect no love to be lost on December 14th, when the Bruins roll into town.
When it comes to the hockey world these days, I think it's safe to say that things could be more exciting. We've officially entered the "dog days of summer", as the news trickling in has been few and far between. This stretch has been especially slow for Canucks fans, who have been eagerly waiting for something interesting to happen surrounding their team after since the relatively inactive free agency period; with apologies to Benn Ferriero and Brandon DeFazio.
Our saving grace has arrived! No, it's not a resolution to the Roberto Luongo situation. But it's still something that we can collectively sink our teeth into: the 2013-14 schedule, which was released by the NHL on this lovely Friday morning.
For some, this will fly under the radar as they really couldn't care less about these sorts of things while they're gearing up for a day at the beach in the middle of July. But for others, this provides an opportunity to start getting ready for the upcoming season; you can now begin to get excited about certain match-ups, and start circling your calendars for certain games you may wish to attend.
Read on past the jump for a closer look at some of the key dates.
July 19 2013 07:49AM
Usually when you come face-to-face with a glare like that, it means you done goofed, or you play for Ottawa. Now it could be because you’re training with him and Steven Stamkos.
Wait what?!?! Oh, you heard me.
Gary Roberts as in the man-beast who terrorized the league for parts of three decade. Steven Stamkos as in the guy who sniped 60 goals in a season. You could be hanging out with these guys. Well, not really “hanging out,” per se. Allow me to explain…
The offseason is getting shorter and shorter. You can’t just let your fitness go to crap in the summer, because once the season fires up again, you’ll look like a pylon out there.
Enter: the last team standing
The Nike Hockey Facebook experience at www.lastteamstanding.ca lets players create a team with their friends and show how they’re dedicating the summer to training. The page has training videos designed by Gary Roberts, and Toronto’s strength and conditioning coach from 2002-2009, Matt Nichol. Obviously, these two guys know their stuff.
But Steve, what’s in it for me? I’ll tell you, whatever your name is!
July 18 2013 10:49AM
Jannik Hansen - Wikimedia Commons
286. That is the number of players who were selected ahead of Jannik Hansen at the 2004 NHL Draft, back when the draft was nine rounds long. Hansen quickly turned out to be quite the find by the Canucks scouts, adapting seamlessly to the North American game in the WHL with Portland in 2005-06.
Hansen went on to have a very good season as a 21-year-old in the AHL, recording 21 goals and 43 points with Manitoba in only 50 games. He would go on to play a few more AHL games over the next couple of years, but by 2008 he had established himself as a full time NHL player.
And he has only continued to get better year after year.
July 17 2013 01:05PM
Reading over Blake's post from yesterday, stumbling across this line, and though back to a day when such a statement would be considered sacrilege:
Burrows hasn’t shown a strong chemistry with Kesler in the past...
The truth is that Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler don't often play together at even strength any more, and when they do, the Canucks tend to get out-scored. This probably something to do with the fact that when Burrows is sided up with Ryan Kesler, the two face some extra-ordinarily tough competition. There's no way to quantify that unfortunately, but we CAN say that Kesler's primary parter on the penalty kill over the last five seasons has been Burrows.