October 09 2010 10:44AM
Graphs and numbers, tables and weird acronyms: advanced stats are assumed to be the province of the nerd and bane to the traditional hockey observer.
October 08 2010 12:46PM
The 2010-2011 regular season kicks off in earnest for the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow, as they face the Los Angeles Kings. It is a return to the past, as the Canucks celebrate their 40th year inthe NHL by playing their very first opponent, 40 years to the day from their first very regular season game.
Canucks fans are brimming with excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Can their beloved Canucks finally break through to the promised land and hoist Lord Stanley's cup?
October 07 2010 04:40PM
Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks spent the summer getting their house in order. Getting more grit and sandpaper, bulking up their 3rd line, and improving and deepening their defense. However in the days leading up to the roster/salary-cap freeze and beyond, the Canucks have made a small flurry of trades.
And I can't help but think... after fixing their house all summer, the Canucks were sweeping the floor and getting it ready for what many Canucks fans hope is a real big party.
October 07 2010 10:30AM
It's a big year for the teams of the NHL's Northwest Division. Two teams are celebrating milestones years, one team is looking for redemption, one is looking to break through with a young group of burgeoning superstars, and one truly in the throes of transition.
For your Vancouver Canucks, it is a critical year. They are picked by many members of the hockey media world as a favourite to win the division, the conference, and possibly even the Stanley Cup. They have their entire top 6 forward until returning. They have bolstered their third line and have revamped their 4th line. They have improved and deepened their defense. They have reinvigorated their superstar goaltender and provided him with a young stud backup.
Is this their year? Or will a division rival take their crown?
October 06 2010 12:26AM
So, what are we talking about here? Just a quick glance at the title might suggest a return of Brian Burke, and his murderous level of BS to Canuck land. Or perhaps I'm completely of the rails, having not written anything about the Canucks all summer, switched my interest to a study of the danger of genetically altered bees.
Luckily, it's none of the above. It's the classic "good news/bad news" scenario. The Canucks, at least on paper (God, how many titles would the Canucks have by now if they just started playing this damn game on paper?), are positively teeming with talent. The bad news, it seems almost exclusively to be of the "B" level variety.