My love-hate relationship with Ryan Kesler

The Stanchion
April 03 2014 11:14AM


With the Canucks season quickly turning into golfing season, it leaves many Canucks writers with few options of what to talk about. You either write about who/what was to blame for the bad season, or you write about lemon loaf recipes. 

Seeing as how Dimitri has a killer lemon loaf recipe queued up for later this week (it involves 2 tablespoons of the tears of Canucks fans and 1 cup of failed Stanley Cup aspirations), I was going to write a piece on how Roger Takahashi was to blame for the failed 2014 season. 

However, I figure I can save that Takahashi attack piece for the draft, and instead I want to use today to talk about Ryan Kesler. With Kesler's future up in the air like that of a cliffhanger of a Spanish soap opera, it has made me reflect upon the time Ryan has spent in Vancouver.

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The Final 5 Tank Battles of 2013-14

Dimitri Filipovic
April 02 2014 04:07PM

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It has been a steady, progressive, and miserable fall from grace for the Vancouver Canucks this season, as they've seen any hopes they had for a playoff run evaporate into thin air. It seems like it was ages age now, but in reality it was only 3 months ago that this team was sitting pretty with a 23-11-6 following a 2-0 victory against the Calgary Flames. They won 10 times in December, losing only once in regulation for the entirety of that month. 

Here comes the "buuuttttt.." -- but then, absolutely everything - and I. mean. everything. - fell apart. A rash of injuries to key players (the blueline was decimated, but Henrik Sedin's was the most critical for my money) coincided with a drastic uptick in the difficulty of the schedule, and their inability to get any sort of puck luck was reflected by the catacylsmic dip in their PDO

It was essentially hockey's on-ice version of a natural disaster. That's how we've gotten to this point; it's April 2nd, and instead of figuring out the playoff path of least resistance we're spending our time trying to grease the wheels of that tank pictured above.

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Rangers, Vigneault get the last (and never ending) chuckle in return to Vancouver

Thomas Drance
April 01 2014 11:54PM

On Tuesday night the Vancouver Canucks welcomed former bench boss Alain Vigneault and his New York Rangers to the friendly, if sparsely attended, confines of Rogers Arena. Vancouver's club played really well against an Eastern Conference team that I personally expect to make the Conference Finals, assuming Ryan McDonagh's apparent shoulder injury isn't too serious, of course. 

But despite a Herculean effort from Vancouver's top-line the Canucks lost 3-1 and came undone thanks to some weak special teams play. 

Read past the jump for more.

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Canucks Army GDT #77 - Rangers @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
April 01 2014 02:08PM

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I know that the vast overanalysis and excessive reaching for comparisons between the guy who used to sit behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks and the guy that currently does can become a bit nauseating at times. Particularly on days like today, when the former comes back to town with his new team.

But still, I'll take that over what's become status quo; citing the team's dwindling playoff odds courtesy of Sports Club Stats, and discussing the injury de jour. Things have gotten pretty stale and dry around these parts, and the return of Alain Vigneault to the town where he enjoyed 7 largely successful seasons at least helps provide a little bit of a distraction, or reprieve from the sad reality the Canucks face these days. Even if it's only for 24 hours.

So kick back, relax, have a lozenge, and get set for tonight's game between the Rangers and Canucks.

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So nice, why not do it twice? Canucks Army Viewing Party at The Pint!

Dimitri Filipovic
April 01 2014 01:04PM


Watching the Vancouver Canucks has been an, almost entirely, irredeemable experience in 2013-14. They've been losing far more than they've been winning since the calendar flipped to the new year, and even worse, they've been doing so in a brutally uninteresting fashion. But for a variety of reasons, we've all continued to put ourselves through the misery that is devoting 3 hours to them time and time again, whenever they pop up on the schedule.

Which brings us to April 1st. That's the night when the Canucks host Alain Vigneault and his New York Rangers, but it's also the night we'll be having our "Canucks Army Viewing Party/Charity Event" for the second time this season. You shouldn't be alone on that night, we need to get through these rough times together.

Let's take it back to basics and go through the Six Ws - well, it's technically 5 Ws and 1 H, but who's really counting? - in a quick and easy way to get all of the relevant information we need. My elementary school teachers would be so proud of me if they could see me now.

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