February 16 2012 01:33PM
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Is Seattle really going to get an NHL team? Wouldn’t it be funny if Rick Nash didn’t get traded from Columbus at all? Will Bleacher Creatures ever make an Alex Burrows plush doll? Hockey: the excitement it creates is contagious.
February 16 2012 09:05AM
Photo Credit: Chris Jerina of AHL in Photos.
With a few notable exceptions, Canucks fans are educated regarding their team (our readers are, at least). Most of you know that Jordan Schroeder was “stolen” by the Canucks when they picked up 22nd overall back in 2009 (he was slated by many to be a top 10 pick, and he slid dropped due to concerns about his attitude and size and strength). Since then, his development has had more downs than ups. He left college early to join the AHL’s Manitoba Moose after the 2009-10 season. In his professional rookie season, Schroeder struggled to produce consistently, finishing with 28 points in 61 games (he missed 16 games with a high ankle sprain).
Read on past the break
February 15 2012 11:36PM
The Canucks confused everyone by winning a game in sixty minutes.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
For the first time in seven Roberto Luongo starts, the Canucks managed to end a game without the use of a shootout. What the midwestern hockey fans call "Free Hockey" has become so commonplace for the Canucks, that it almost felt strange to see them take two points in regulation. It has now officially been a month since the Canucks last regulation loss (January 15th against Anaheim), but this was only the third win in the team's last eleven games that occurred without the use of the shootout or over-time. I'm downright shocked, I tell you!
For the most part, tonight's affair was a pretty even game. While Roberto Luongo was once again the difference, it was nice to see the Sedins possessing the puck, and realistically threatening to perform acts of Sedinery for the first time in what seems like months! The game also saw Jannik Hansen, who scored the game winner off a lovely set up from fourth liner Cody Hodgson, and Alex Burrows break extended goal-scoring droughts.
A more detailed recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump!
February 15 2012 02:47PM
The Vancouver Canucks have an official donut sponsor - Tim Horton's.
Mmmmmm.... organizational priorities.
(Photo by Jason Payne, PNG)
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February 15 2012 01:03PM
Eric Staal can't decide who he likes best, Rick Nash or Corey Perry. We're pretty sure the Canucks do.
(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Twitter is...all..a-twitter...about Rick Nash being on the move. Coming after much recent speculation about Corey Perry, how can Canucks fans stand it all?
Some, like our very own Jeff Angus, are predicting the Canucks will make a major shakeup at the trade deadline. My own feeling is they need a defenceman but, what the heck, if there's a high-quality scoring winger out there - even if the Canucks have already picked up the underappreciated David Booth - it's worth considering.
Let's take a look at the two names that have been batted about recently as possible targets for the Canucks: Rick Nash, as mentioned, and Corey Perry. Even disregarding who would have to move out the other way, let's assess both players on the principle you acquire the player first and sort out the rest second.