November 05 2013 02:52PM
I'm sure that Mike Smith will make himself the centre of attention, yet again.
After taking care of business against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs on Pavel Bure's special night, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a 4-game trip out west to take on the Coyotes, Sharks, Ducks, and Kings. Those teams have a combined 41-13-5 redcord, which is the reason the 10-5-1 Canucks are only good for 4th place in the Pacific at the moment.
The next 5 games - including another meeting against the Sharks when they return home from the trip - will surely tell us quite a bit more about where this team stands in relation to its contemporaries. The team responded admirably to the adversity it faced during its Eastern trip, but I don't need to tell you that this is a whole 'nother animal.
No it's literally a different animal.. it's a Coyote. Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's game.
November 04 2013 08:33PM
David Booth is limping his way to the AHL...for a conditioning stint
Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of headshots, but between real life and your emotionally crippling critiques I've been away for a while. Nevertheless, I'm back and that probably upsets you in some way or another. If it does, you're doing the internet wrong. After all, all I'm here to do is provide you with the most relevant links of the day relating to your favourite hockey team in a tidy, efficient manner, and maybe, just maybe, make you chuckle a little bit. Here are the headshots for November the 4th.
November 04 2013 03:27PM
*on a conditioning loan.
No, this does not mean that David Booth is going to hang out in the American Hockey League until his contract is bought out. Conditioning loans are quite common and can't be done without the player's consent, according to the relevant article of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
November 04 2013 02:08PM
We're at the quarter poll of the WHL season, so now's a good time to take a look at how the Giants have stacked up against their B.C. Division rivals. Although the results haven't always been there, they're just two points back of 8th place Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a game in hand, and statistically, they compare very favourably to the teams they're locked in a playoff race with.
Read past the jump for more.
November 04 2013 11:52AM
Ryan Stanton is loving life right now, and making Mike Gillis look real smart. [Image via Timothy Ludwig]
If you live in or around Vancouver you know that the majority of the summer around here was spent verbally eviscerating the job Mike Gillis was doing running their favourite team. It wasn't fair for the most part given the way the lowered cap had tied his hands, but still, it was hard not to look around and see teams getting better while the Canucks were standing pat. That anger was only exacerbated by the four game sweep at the hands of the Sharks that had put a bow on a rather miserable lockout shortened campaign.
By hook or by crook the Canucks had lost Derek Roy, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre, Keith Ballard, and Andrew Ebbett (all of whom had contributed to the team in some way, shape, or form). They ultimately replaced those guys with the following list of players, which I mockingly tweeted out back on September 30th. It's safe to say that I wasn't overly optimistic about the way the roster was constructed heading into opening night.
Obviously five weeks later, myself and many others have been made to look silly by a team that has managed to go 10-5-1 despite a series of unfortunate events. Even Lemony Snicket couldn't have made this stuff up. Their best players can be thanked for the success, no doubt, but it's hard not to appreciate what three of the players on that aforementioned list - Mike Santorelli, Brad Richardson, and Ryan Stanton - have brought to the table. We all know about Santorelli's accomplishments by now. And Richardson has done a fine job moving around the bottom-6 and contributing on the penalty kill.
But it's quite possible that the best acquisition of the summer was the one that Mike Gillis made just a day before the preseason, and that was bringing in undrafted AHL veteran Ryan Stanton. Read on past the jump for more on the unsung defenseman that will finally get his due.