January 21 2014 02:33PM
Sadly, no more.. [Image via Vancity Buzz]
It has been a rough week or so for the Vancouver Canucks, who have been progressively crumbling into pieces before our very eyes. They've lost their coach, they've lost a handful of players (including their captain), and they've lost numerous games.
What they've gained, on the other hand, is all sorts of media attention for the goonery they've partaken in over that time. The sideshow that they've allowed themselves to become has, in a way, helped take attention away from the fact that they now find themselves tied for 8th in the Western Conference standings with the Minnesota Wild (with the Phoenix Coyotes only 4 points behind them, with a game in hand).
They should probably start trying to focus on winning hockey games.. which conveniently enough should be bolstered on Tuesday night, thanks to their opponent. Then again, after struggling to eke out a shootout win against the Calgary Flames on home ice last time out, I don't think we're exactly in a position to be automatically expecting a W.
January 21 2014 10:56AM
(Picture courtesy of me)
As all of Canucks Nation knows by now (except for the three of you who don't, but even you three have to admit you suspected something was up) John Tortorella has been suspended 15 days by the NHL for his part in the Brawl for All that took place Saturday between the Flames and Canucks. This comes hot off of the heels of one of the worst stretches of the season for the Canucks in which they lost many games, but also got in many fights. So many fights.... *stares into the distance wistfully*..
A funny thing happened after the suspension to Torts was announced, though; the majority of fans weren't complaining about the Canucks on ice play. Nobody was angry and bemoaning another Edler turnover. Nobody was wondering why Jason Garrison was making it his sole purpose in life to ruin the happiness of Canucks fans everywhere. No, for the most part people were defiantly supporting their coach. As only Roberto Luongo himself can put it....
January 20 2014 05:59PM
I love the internet so very much. [GIF via @IAmByks]
"OK, do we start shishkebabing John Tortorella right now, or.." were the wise words HNiC *analyst*, kickstarting his temper tantrum directed at the coach following his actions during the 1st intermission of Saturday night's Fight Club.
Well, shishkebab away did Colin Campbell - note that it wasn't Brendan Shanahan, who's only responsible for player transgressions - when he dropped the hammer on the Canucks bench boss, suspending him for 15 days (essentially 6 games) without pay [maybe now he'll have some time to come meet some fans and have a few rounds at The Pint on the 29th, perhaps?]
That means that we won't be seeing him until February 3rd, when the Canucks embark on a 4-game Eastern Conference trip before heading into the Olympic break. By the sounds of it, assistant coaches Mike Sullivan - who spoke to the media in Tortorella's stead this afternoon - and Glen Gulutzan (*gulp*) will handle the job in the meantime.
January 20 2014 02:58PM
John Tortorella should've probably just #LoggedOff on Saturday night.
This past weekend in the NHL sure did provide us with a litany of topics to discuss on this edition of the podcast; particularly Saturday night, in which there was an officiating blunder in Detroit, a 4-goal game by an ageless wonder, and oh yeah, a line brawl in Vancouver (and some shenanigans off of the ice to boot).
Don't you worry, we touched on all of that. We also whether we'd rather buy Avalanche or Lightning stock, and introduced a few new segments that'll be recurring over the coming weeks/months (a buy/sell fantasy hockey portion, and a picks contest).
January 20 2014 01:06PM
Just a quick note for a sunny Monday afternoon:
Not at all surprising. Henrik Sedin was struggling all night versus Calgary, before finally being shown some mercy by being taken out of the game in the 2nd period. The last time the Canucks played a game without him, they lost a 4-3 game to the Chicago Blackhawks on a hat-trick by Tyler Arnason, all the way back on March 19, 2004.