September 25 2012 01:21PM
“It's just hockey.” This is something that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, both from hockey fans and other people that couldn’t care less about the current NHL lockout. Fair enough, the level of importance in this matter is different for everyone. When it comes down to it, a professional sport product is just entertainment, right? Even in a city like Vancouver where hockey and everything Canucks related is binge consumed, there are still those that simply see it as ‘just something to do’. Maybe that's a healthier outlook than some of us bring to our own personal hockey fandom...
September 25 2012 09:04AM
Though no trades can occur while the lockout is on going, Luongo rumours have persisted into late September. Who is in the running right now? Apparently Florida has dropped out, but Toronto, Chicago and the dreaded "Mystery Team" reamins "in"? Is that it, or are there more than three teams still in the running for Roberto Luongo?
September 24 2012 04:42PM
Kevin Connauton (right) hopes to be back sharing a bench with the Sedins in short order.
After stepping up the defensive side of his game last season, Canucks defence prospect Kevin Connauton was poised to push for an NHL roster spot at training camp this fall. With the lockout intervening, however, Connauton is headed back to Chicago for another few months of AHL action (at least). How does a guy prepare himself mentally for this, and might going back to the AHL be a blessing in disguise? After the Canucks practiced today, we caught up with Connauton and Chris Higgins (who was in Connauton's shoes during the 2004-05 lockout) about the "little, extra half step" that otherwise NHL ready young players will take in the AHL this season.
September 24 2012 03:08PM
Not Canucks related but, isn't it crazy that Henrik Zetterberg so closely resembles Jake Gyllenhaal?
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September 24 2012 01:38PM
Photo Credit: Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
As the prospect of a prolonged NHL lockout came into focus during the course of the summer, a consensus emerged: that the team could actually stand to benefit from a shortened season. Tony Gallagher wrote about it, Jeff Angus wrote about it and Dimitri Filipovic wrote about it, and they all agreed: in a shortened season the team wouldn't necessarily miss Ryan Kesler (who is recovering from labrum surgery until December), and they might be a little bit fresher headed into the postseason.
The flip side of this particular coin is another consensus, this one more worrisome. It's widely believed that losing an entire season would be an unmitigated disaster for the Canucks and their aging core. This teams "window to win" is this season (before Alex Edler, and key role players like Chris Tanev, Chris Higgins and Max Lapierre are due for a raise), and perhaps a season or two beyond it. The Sedins aren't getting any younger and Kesler isn't getting any more durable, so losing a full campaign and another shot at hoisting that cherished silver mug would be, to use a euphemism, inconvenient.
The lockout is now eight days old, and will finally cost the Canucks some preseason games beginning tonight. With that, let's wade into the muck and try to determine which scenario - a shortened season, or a lost one - looks to be more likely at the present juncture. Read past the jump.