Player Profiles - Dan Hamhius

Yankee Canuck
September 09 2010 09:33AM

ANAHEIM - NOVEMBER 14:  Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Nashville Predators skates during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 14, 2008 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

This summer marks the end of one BC native patrolling the Vancouver blueline (WIllie Mitchell) and the start of another with Smithers-native Dan Hamhuis. Not since the Mats Sundin signing (*spits, kicks at dirt*) has Mike Gillis gunned for one of the stud free agents in free agency and succeeded (without having to wait until December!). What can we expect from Hamhuis who is now the highest paid blueliner in Vancouver history and will be donning the Orca until potentially 2016?

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Mitchell's Comment

Kristian Urstad
September 07 2010 03:46PM

 

VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: Defenceman Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks sits on the bench during the pre game warmup prior to the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on October 17, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

In his September 5th article for The Province, Tony Gallagher takes up Willie Mitchell’s recent comment:

"We have a big gap in our union where you have the star player and the blue-collar player. All those top-end guys are getting paid more and more and the bottom-end guys are getting less and less. Maybe if we come to something more level, it might help the rest of our union."

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Player Profiles - Ryan Kesler

Cam Davie
September 04 2010 12:03AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Ryan Kesler #17 celebrates his empty net goal with Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks leading to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game four of the Western Conference Quarter-final at Staples Center on April 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Just like many Canucks, and just like both of his regular linemates, Ryan Kesler has a career year last season. He had career highs in points, assists, power play goals, penalty minutes and shots, and was one goal shy of tying his career high in goals, which he set the previous year. He was also one of the most important players for Team USA during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and was arguably the best skater for the Americans in both games against Team Canada. So where does he go from here?

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Those $%#@&# bloggers: what to do?

Robin Brownlee
September 02 2010 01:37PM

Hockey blogs and hockey bloggers aren't going anywhere. That's a reality the Edmonton Oilers and other NHL teams have to accept and come to grips with, and the sooner the better.

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Player Profiles - Mikael Samuelsson

Cam Davie
September 02 2010 10:15AM

DENVER - OCTOBER 03:  Mikael Samuelsson #26 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

While he was never ever able to really break out and get consistent minutes with the Detroit Red Wings, given their glut of talent on the top 2 lines, Samuelsson had a break-out season with the Vancouver Canucks, as the team's second-highest goal scorer. One of the main reasons why GM Mike Gillis was keen on bringing Samuelsson to Vancouver was his playoff experience. That move paid off in spades, as Samuelsson was the Canucks' leading scorer in the playoffs last year with 15 points in 12 games.

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