June 01 2013 04:43PM
Screencap via canucks.com
Saturday afternoon the deadline for NHL teams to ink unsigned 2011 draft picks to entry-level contracts passed.
The Canucks confirmed to the Sporting News early on Saturday that the club had no intention of signing third round pick David Honzik, or sixth round pick Pathrik Westerholm. Not much of a surprise.
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June 01 2013 09:37AM
Image via wikimedia commons
The Vancouver Canucks will have a new coach for the 2013-14 season. While we don't know who yet, we know it won't be Alain Vigneault. While the power-play is probably going to be target number one for a new bench boss, and while general manager Mike Gillis is sure to make some changes to the roster in the interim, I wanted to get a feel for how coaching changes can effect individual players.
In order to do so, I pulled all of the wonderful Behind the Net data from the 2007-08 season through to this past season. I wanted to test how consistent statistics like Corsi (a possession indicator based on total shot attempts for and against), Corsi QoC (the quality of competition a player faces), Corsi QoT (the quality of teammates a player plays with), and OffZone% (the percentage of shifts a player starts in the offensive zone) are year-to-year. Once we know that, we can compare the entire player pool against players who underwent coaching changes.
Read past the jump for more.
May 31 2013 04:18PM
Lieutenant Daniels standing in front of Andrew Alberts and Roberto Luongo's lockers? #k
Image is from a Fringe episode a few years ago, via redditer Bosim.
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Today at the internet's best and most humble Canucks blog: we wondered what former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault would do next, and took stock of the depressing stasis in Canucksistan heading into the month of June, a month which could define Mike Gillis's tenure with the organization.
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May 31 2013 02:59PM
(Illustration: Game 7 Hockey)
During his end-of-season press conference, Canucks GM Mike Gillis stressed the need for a "reset" within the organization, which is an appropriately vague term for a team that doesn't really know which direction it's heading in.
They believe they can still contend, yet their core is aging. They want an uptempo brand of hockey to re-capture a softening audience, yet they don't have the personnel up front to do that anymore.
So what should they do?
May 31 2013 01:37PM
Where will the old coaching carousel take Alain Vigneault next?
Screencap via Youtube/CanucksVid
During the season, in the midst of a Canucks skid that saw them topple out of their usual cushy pole position in the Northwest Division, I put together a detailed Pros and Cons list breaking down Alain Vigneault's coaching. I predicted in the conclusion that Vigneault would "pretty much have a new job before shappers, CDCers and Vancouver Province hockey writers were even finished celebrating."
Well the ad hoc parade on Robson has died down, and Alain Vigneault remains in the wind. What's next for the winningest bench boss in franchise history? We'll look at it further after the jump.