May 15 2012 02:55PM
If this doesn't perfectly sum up the essence of Canucks' nation, I don't know what does.
Top tier goalie on a team that has in the past resorted to Toronto Maple Leafs cast-offs? Boooooooo.
Coach takes you to top of the league two years in a row, and within one win of the Cup? #fireAV.
Selke winning centre hampered by a pretty serious injury? Trade him!
Yup, that's about as irrational as you can get. But again, I take no credit for the idea. It is one of the two things I learned listening to our very own Thomas Drance on the Nation Radio podcast this week. The other one is that Thom is a very nice young man. Seriously.
May 15 2012 12:47PM
Photo credit: Post Media News/Mark Van Manen
In four years as General Manager and Team President of the Canucks, Mike Gillis' tenure has been a massive success - that is so long as you don't subscribe to a doltishly narrow view of success. Sure, the Canucks current management team has yet to hoist a Stanley Cup, has a mixed record on the trade market, and has yet to draft a real impact player - but they've overcome these short comings to a large extent, and built their success on the strength of their contract work.
When it comes to the club's handling of player contracts, resident "capologist" Laurence Gilman, who is the management team's "chief negotiator" and is "also responsible for the administration and application of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan," has been the driving force. Hiring Gilman away from Phoenix was one of Gillis' first acts as General Manger (Gilman was hired less than two weeks after Gillis was), and it has worked out to be inarguably one of his shrewdest personnel moves in Vancouver.
Read past the jump.
May 14 2012 03:44PM
Derek Zona, one of our family of websites' new editors, wrote a post at NHLNumbers highlighting the best shot blockers in the NHL, not based on how many raw shots they blocked, but as a percentage of total attempts when on the ice. He did the same thing for the Edmonton Oilers today at Copper n Blue.
Why the discrepancy is important? Well, the Canucks leading shot blocker this season was Alexander Edler, according to NHL.com. He blocked 145 shots. However, he has an unfair advantage. According to Behind The Net, Edler's relative Corsi was +0.9 per 60 minutes, meaning that he was on the ice for many more shots against from the opposition than, say, Dan Hamhuis or Aaron Rome, allowing him to inflate his shot block totals.
So I've looked at regular players this season to compare a player's shot blocking ability:
May 14 2012 02:26PM
John Tortorella is angry and so am I. Torts is angry because, well, he just is.
I'm angry because he doesn't say a damn thing in his pressers. EVER.
(Photo courtesy AP/Tom Mihalek)
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week, I hold a stupidly short conference to yell at Torts, the lack of Canucks news and the inevitability of an uninteresting Stanley Cup Final.
May 14 2012 12:50PM
If you're a regular Canucks Army reader, you know that we've spilled gallons upon gallons of digital ink in an effort to breakdown Alain Vigneault's radical deployment patterns over the course of this season. We're always looking for new ways to help our readers visualize Vigneault's preferred tactics, and seeing as it's the Canucks head coach's 51st birthday today, we figured, what's another litre or two?
Click past the jump for more.