November 22 2013 12:09PM
I guess one potential positive stemming from the recent woes for the Canucks is that people won't run with the narrative of the "trap game" if they don't put together a good performance on Friday night against the Blue Jackets. Sure, they've got the Blackhawks and Kings on their schedule in the next handful of days, but at this point, who are the Canucks to be looking past an opponent? They just got it handed to 'em by the Florida Panthers on their home ice.
The positives? The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't a very good hockey team themselves. They're 8-11-3, and recently lost 7-0 to the Edmonton Oilers. The West has owned the East this year, and that trend has held true for the Canucks, who are 7-3-2 against the other conference.
The negatives? Well, you know them by now. The Canucks can't buy a goal to save their collective lives, yadi yadi yada. If you're looking for some entertainment on a Friday night, you might want to look elsewhere, because this one was the makings of an absolute snoozer..
November 22 2013 10:07AM
The Canucks are their own worst enemy right now.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
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.