Zero Progress, but lots of Empty Rhetoric: Recapping the First Week of the NHL Lockout

Patrick Johnston
September 23 2012 05:26PM


A week ago I wrote about how the media have been on the fans' side and are pretty cynical about the position of owners (certainly) and players (somewhat less). A public relations battle has emerged, but what is there for either side to gain, really? The owners would seem to care about what the fans think, but they also know they hold almost all the chips. They have the money to pay the players and they control the venues for where the fans get to watch the games and spend their money. 

The narrative a week ago was focused on fans getting screwed; this week that thread remained, to a degree, but questions about how the players are going to hold up in the coming weeks and months became a more dominant story - even though the players have yet to miss the first cheque as a result of the lockout.

In a week where little movement appeared in either side's position, there was still plenty written. Let's have a look.

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What to Watch During the Lockout: Abbotsford Heat

Jeff Angus
September 22 2012 02:19PM

The Abbotsford Heat have had a tough time drawing fans from the Lower Mainland to their games. That should change for the next couple of months, as the AHL is suddenly the best professional hockey league in action this fall. The Heat are the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, and many point to the Canucks-Flames rivalry as the culprit behind the low attendance numbers.

Why should you make your way out to Abbotsford this fall for a game? Many reasons. Read on to find them out.

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A Quick Chat with Evan "Public" McEneny

Cam Charron
September 22 2012 12:47PM

Evan McEneny, who signed an ELC with the Canucks last week  despite being undrafted, was in my neck of the woods Friday night with his Kitchener Rangers and I took the opportunity to catch up with him and get to know him a little better. After introducing myself as being from "Canucks Army", he asked if we were the guys who came up with the above photoshop.

Yes... yes we did.

We've been led to believe that your name is pronounced "Mick-ENN-eny", but that's apparently not true.

Nah, it's "MAC-in-enny"

We were wrestling with Public McEneny or McEneny of the State as your nickname. Any preference?

[Laughs] Either… whatever sounds good.

What was your impression of Vancouver when you went in the summer?

It's a great city. It's the most beautiful city I've ever been to so far. I'm really excited about being part of the organization there, the city was great to us and they treated us really well.

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Headshots September 21st

Jeff Angus
September 21 2012 03:14PM

Happy Friday, from Patrick White!

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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The SYAE Podcast - A Terribly Sad Season Preview

Dimitri Filipovic
September 21 2012 11:31AM

There were plenty of topics for us to talk about on this particular edition of the podcast, ranging from Shane Doan spurning the Canucks, to Alex Burrows' extension, to Roberto Luongo trade talks. And we did in fact wind up discussing some of those topics towards the end of the show.

But for some unbeknownst reason, we decided to record a show that was centered around an in-depth preview of the early season schedule for the Canucks. You read that correctly.

Never have three individuals been more willing to inflict psychological pain on themselves. Two types of people will thoroughly enjoy this podcast - those that wish to be miserable, and those that take satisfaction in the misery of others (just kidding it's actually a pretty funny pod, I swear!).

Click Past the Jump to Listen.

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