Free Agents: Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2012 09:06AM


Ryan Smyth’s return to the Edmonton Oilers basically took place in three parts. At the start, fans in Edmonton were thrilled when the rumours first surfaced, more thrilled when they realized the cost for Smyth was just Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick. Early in 2011-12 Smyth flourished, scoring 12 times in his first 25 games with the team, and the jubilation persisted. Unfortunately, the scoring disappeared in December and never returned, raising questions about his future with the team.

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Most entertaining Russian hockey news of the day

Graphic Comments
May 01 2012 05:03PM

@SHorcov still rules

It's true, despite all the competition today, @SHorcov still rules. If you're not following the best spoof account on Twitter, you're missing out.

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Dennis Bernstein wrote the best recap of the Canucks playoff loss

Cam Charron
May 01 2012 02:02PM

If you're a Canucks fan, you probably had no idea who Dennis Bernstein was until a few weeks ago when he decided to start trolling a fanbase. When you click on his articles at The Fourth period, you're greeted by a mugshot of a man who isn't smiling. He is probably angry at how lousy his haircut is.

That is Dennis Bernstein. We focus a lot on narratives at Canucks Army, or, so to speak, we focus a lot on making sure that narratives are consistent with fact. There's nothing wrong with a good story, but there is something wrong in getting the components of the story wrong. Anyway, here is a fact: Dennis Bernstein wrote a piece on the Canucks' loss to the Los Angeles Kings called "Beached Whales", and it is really the worst thing you'll ever read.

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You Know What I Hate?! - April 30th

Cam Davie
April 30 2012 03:00PM

This faux hipster dummy accountant is angry. And so am I. He's made because I keep asking
if I can write off pajama pants as a business expense.
(Photo via

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I'm the guy that says 'You're a moron' to the Hodgson camp, double-standards and Strombone's noisy hangers-on. As they say on TSN, they're a dud.

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Cody Hodgson's Camp Pushes Back

Thomas Drance
April 30 2012 12:22PM

When Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, a former player agent, went whole hog and essentially bashed Cody Hodgson for being a handful to deal with in his season ending press conference - it was jarring. Gillis has been an advocate for players rights his entire career, just ask Alan Eagleson, and it was surprising to hear him paint a talented young player as something of a prima donna. You knew that Cody Hodgson's camp was going to respond somehow, and they found an ingenious vessel to do so in Hodgson's well respected personal trainer: Gary Roberts.

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