November 21 2013 11:30AM
It's been another busy week for Canuck prospects; Utica has gone back to their old habits, OHL players have been busy on and off the ice, McNally returns to play for Harvard, and a few minor league players seem to have been benched. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Without further ado..
November 21 2013 08:59AM
The CanucksArmy podcast is back this week!
Featured on today's episode is Vancouver Province beat writer and TSN contributor Jason Botchford. It's a long podcast (true) filled with a tonne of uplifting Canucks talk (not really)!
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November 20 2013 11:02PM
In his initial description of John Ross Robertson, the de facto "father of the Ontario Hockey Association" after Robertson wrestled control of the fledging amateur hockey organization from its original founding board, Stephen J. Harper calls him "nothing if not complex".
A more succinct description Harper could have used for Robertson? "Huge asshole" comes to mind. Robertson acts as the primary antagonist in Harper's new book A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey. He's shown, through numerous primary sources (mainly newspapers of the day) as a figure attempting to keep popular sports in the domain of the elite and railing against everything from play-for-pay athletes to the French. He used his newspaper, the popular Toronto Telegram, to cackle with glee at the struggles of businessmen and players attempting to create a stable professional hockey team within Toronto and be able to compete for the Stanley Cup with teams in cities like Ottawa and Montreal, whose colder climates made hockey a more viable sport in the days before indoor artificial surfaces were common.
November 20 2013 01:15AM
There was a story making the rounds on Twitter this morning about Florida Panthers' interim coach Peter Horachek. To motivate the team, he told his players that the Panthers had never won at GM Place/Rogers Arena. Tim Thomas was having none of his crap, piping up and telling his team, "I have."
Well, now Thomas has won at Rogers Arena with two different organizations, leading the Florida Panthers to their first win in Vancouver since March 7th, 1994. Not to pump his tires too much though, the Canucks made it easy. John Tortorella called it the "worst game of the year." I'm inclined to agree with Tortorella, because I Watched This Ga-- oh we don't do that here? Okay, then read past the jump for more.
November 19 2013 01:09PM
Oh, Timmy. What have you gotten yourself into?
On paper you'd think that the Florida Panthers, a team with a 5-12-4 record and a -24 goal differential, are just what the doctor ordered for a reeling Canucks squad that can't buy a goal these days. After all, only two teams have allowed more goals (the Oilers and the Flames, which automatically makes this a fun stat) than the Panthers. That must be music to the ears of the Canucks players, coaching staff, and the fans; their team has managed to score exactly once in each of the past 4 games despite quite handily dominating 3 of them.
But let me caution you from assuming that it's far from a sure thing, because it's not. The Panthers most certainly aren't a good hockey club, but their underlying data is actually significantly better than you'd think a team that holds the type of Win-Loss record that they do would have, and they've got a goaltender in net that could very conceivably put together a brilliant performance to stifle the Canucks for what seems like the millionth time in a row.
Read on past the jump for a preview of Tuesday night's contest.