February 26 2012 11:00AM
It was trade deadline eve, eve this Saturday and all of hockey fans thoughts turned to rumors and speculation. Monday will likely turn out to be slightly less interesting for Oilers faithful now that Hemsky has signed, but that doesn't mean they and some of the other Nations teams won't be making a move or two. This week, Allan investigates what the Jets, Flames, Leafs and Canucks are thinking heading into the frenzy.
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February 26 2012 09:54AM
Hopefully Luongo won't require the help of the cross bar in today's game!
The Canucks and the Stars haven't met in a game since February 19th, 2011. In an odd quirk of schedule, the two sides will now play four games (at a rate of a game every 10 days) over the balance of the regular season.
Imagine if Dallas slips into the postseason, and meets the Canucks in the first round (which is what would occur if the season ended today). If that scenario does indeed unfold, these teams could face each other 8 to 11 times over the next three months... With that in mind, let's all take a moment to be thankful that Marty Turco has moved on!
Read on post the jump for more detailed preview, your three keys and underlying numbers for both teams.
February 25 2012 04:23PM
Marian Hossa qualifies an okay deadline pick up, I guess.
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If you haven't read the posts yet, my colleagues have done some fine work prepping us for the deadline. We've gone through a full inventory of Canucks needs, cap-space and tradable assets, looked at the recent history of the franchise at the trade-deadline and targeted five available forwards and five available defenseman.
In continuing on with Canucks Army's exhaustive deadline preview series, I thought I'd take a look at "what the teams that make it to the Cup Finals" did to improve their rosters at the deadline. Are there any lessons that we can draw from the behavior of previous top contenders? Click past the jump to find out!
February 25 2012 01:11PM
It was nine regular season games ago, Thursday February 9th, when the Canucks - about to play Keith Ballard's hometown team, the Minnesota Wild - announced that the underachieving defenseman was injured . The team never gave a timeline but it was clear that he'd be out of the line-up for a while, especially as the injury changed in nature from whiplash, to a possible concussion to, true story, "upper-body symptoms."
Up until today there's been a lot of speculation about the nature of the injury, and whether or not Ballard would go on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) as a result. If he was placed on LTIR, it was noted, he'd free up a fair bit of cap-space for the trade deadline. As it turns out, that's exactly what has happened.
Read on past the jump!
February 25 2012 10:05AM
No Canuck is more clutch than Alex Burrows, right? Thursday night's shootout winner in Detroit was just another moment in a long line of big plays by Burrows. He scored the Overtime winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals just 11 seconds in and probably scored the biggest goal in franchise history with the slapshot over the right shoulder of Corey Crawford.