May 08 2014 06:32PM
Would we rather be spending the next two weeks watching, writing about, and discussing the NHL playoffs with the Vancouver Canucks competing in them? Absolutely, there's no question about it. But with the team long since having been ruled out of contention, we'll have to make do with the IIHF World Championships, which have expertly assumed the role of being the ultimate consolation prize for both players and fans alike over the years.
With this being a year that coincided with the Winter Olympics, the list of prominent players participating in the tournament is even more diluted than it already is in others. But who can argue with real, live hockey to pass the time.
There are still a medley of different things to look forward to, and we'll go through it all just past the jump with a guide for what to watch for from a Canucks perspective.
May 08 2014 01:56PM
Exactly a week ago today, still relatively newly minted President of Hockey Ops Trevor Linden held a press conference to announce the firing of John Tortorella (and Mike Sullivan), and field questions about the direction of the team and the plan for the summer.
Muddled somewhere in the middle of it all, was a question from a reporter specifically about the team's reported interest in bringing Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning to right the ship. In the sort of politically correct form that we've come to expect from Linden, he quickly brushed the question off, referring back to the nondescript "narrowed down and focused list" of candidates he had compiled. What it was, was a pretty thinly veiled confirmation without actually technically confirming what we've all been suspecting for some time now, ever since the firing of the position's predecessor.
Now there's a report coming from Darren Dreger that it's just really a matter of time before the two sides can formally go out in public arm-in-arm, putting their mutual affection for each other on display for the hockey world to see.
Read on for more.
May 08 2014 10:17AM
Activity on the prospect front is actively dying down, with fewer and fewer things to discuss with each passing week. But regardless of that, I'll be writing about whatever little bits of news there are until the owners of this blog drag me away from my computer kicking and screaming.
With that being said, I should point out that the Canucks still have two prospects playing for their respective league championships at the moment, and looking ahead, there will be a Bo Horvat sighting at the Memorial Cup to go along with the IIHF World Championships that are getting underway shortly.
So if you're bored with the lack of news these days and want to stay updated on Canucks prospects, make sure to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects. You're also more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
More just past the jump.
May 07 2014 07:16AM
Wait a minute, Tyler Myers doesn't play for the Habs...
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If, by now, you have not seen the Prehistoric Hockey video which began making the rounds earlier this week, well, lucky you. Here it is anyway, in case you feel like wanting die:
I am obviously a professional observer of the sport of hockey, the NHL in particular, and the things that happen in this video with respect to the game are, in two words, achingly inaccurate. However, what is less known about me is that I am something of a dinosaur enthusiast (some would say nerd), and thus the problems with this video make Jurassic Park look like a paleontology textbook.
May 05 2014 12:40PM
If you've been reading my weekly prospect reports here throughout the season, you noticed that I've been sprinkling in AHL #fancystats here and there whenever I could. Well, now that it's over we've got ourselves a large enough sample size to deconstruct everything, and attempt to make sense of what exactly happened to the Utica Comets in 2013-14.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, most of this stuff should make intuitive sense since it's just an extension of what we use to analyze the Canucks on this platform. If not, don't worry, because it's all fairly simple and broken down into easy-to-read segments as we go along.
Just to shill myself -- if you have an AHL blog, or an NHL blog, and want the equivalent data for your (farm) team let me know. You can also feel free to follow me @joshweissbock (my personal account), and @nuckprospects for the latest in Canucks prospects news and stats.
For now make sure you've your snacks handy, settle in, and continue past the jump for an extensive report filled with all sorts of interesting little analytical nuggets.