May 10 2012 12:33PM
This picture marks the only time in recorded history that Mike Gillis has appeared droll.
Following the Cody Hodgson trade this past February, and the recent news that Ryan Kesler went under the knife again this week (and will need "four to six months" for rehabilitation) Jordan Schroeder has essentially found a golden ticket to the big leagues in his offseason chocolate bar.
Kesler's injury opens up a gaping hole at pivot in the top-six, and while Maxim Lapierre finished the season as the club's fourth winger, there is no one in the organization as well suited to assume Kesler's position in the short-term, as the Canucks hope Jordan Schroeder is. Jordan Schroeder impressed when I watched him this past season, and by the numbers improved in every facet of the game, but will he really be ready to fill in for Ryan Kesler in a prescribed role this October?
We'll take a closer look after the jump.
May 09 2012 03:04PM
A little over a year and a half ago the Nation Network added NHLnumbers.com - a leading salary reference site online - into the fold. Since then the team has been hard at work rebuilding the site, retooling the machinery that powers things behind the scenes and are now ready to go forward with the second stage of the plan.
It's slow going to be sure - but we are gradually making headway in what we consider to be one of the most important jobs in building the Nation Network: contributing to the community of stats folks and giving them new tools and new resources to continue building an important part of following the NHL in the year 2012.
May 09 2012 11:28AM
In the first part of this series, I listed my top five prospects in the organization. The depth in goal is stronger than it has been at any point in franchise history (my number one and number five prospects are both goaltenders – Eddie Lack, and Joe Cannata, respectively), and there are some intriguing names at both defense and forward. How does the Canucks prospect group stack up heading in to the offseason? In the final installment of this two-part series, I’ll reveal the second half of my list.
May 08 2012 03:54PM
Ryan Kesler is going to have plenty of time to ponder his fans.
(Photo: Loxy!!/flickr creative commons)
The Canucks announced today that Ryan Kesler has undergone a procedure on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum. If that was an on-going issue for him, then it's no surprise his production decreased this year. The labrum is the cartilege that connects the head of your arm bone to the inside of your shoulder socket. Without it, your shoulder would blow apart.
May 08 2012 02:34PM
"I went through a covered knee surgery ten days ago here in the U.S. that requires half a year of rehabilitation, but it is uncertain if I can come back and play hockey again in the first place" Mattias Ohlund told Expressen, translation to Google.
If this is indeed true, one of the all-time best Vancouver Canuck defencemen may be forced to retire after a season-long battle with knee problems that kept him out of the Tampa Bay lineup. He went there as a free agent after the 2009 season after 11 seasons, 770 games, 93 goals and 325 points with the Canucks.
Only Harold Snepts played more games as a defenceman for the Canucks.