March 27 2013 12:23PM
Photo Credit: (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Show me the hockey fan who doesn't love hockey-trades - and I'll show you a liar.
With that in mind, Canucks Army will be bringing you an exhaustive trade deadline preview from now through next Wednesday's deadline. We'll look into Canucks deadline history, drool over unicorns, and circle menacingly over the cellar-dwelling carcasses of the "sure-fire sellers" at the 2013 trade deadline. All five of them.
Today, however, we'll start our 2013 Deadline Preview series with some yeoman's work: a thorough inventory of Canucks needs, assets, possible strategy and cap-space. What should the Canucks look to add, what chips do they have to play with, how much cap-space do they really possess, and how much risk should the Canucks take at the deadline? All that and more, just click past the jump!
March 27 2013 09:28AM
Want to make sense of the NHL's decision making process for handing out suspensions? Start by adjusting your quaint expectations about the application of logic, consistency or fairness.
The NHL is, after all, in the entertainment business. And you wouldn't go into the latest installment of GI Joe and quibble over the contrived plot, right? No, you'll check your senses at the door and enjoy the improbable physics of the action sequences intersperced with wooden dialogue, while stuffing yourself with two days worth of sugar and salt that you paid $15 for.
What does this have to do with the NHL's discipline system? Well, it's pretty clear that the only way to make any sort of sense of it, is to suspend your disbelief and just accept it, no matter how absurd it might
actually be seem. As the Wikipedia entry on 'suspension of disbelief' makes clear, the onus is on you to make sense of the decisions, rather than on the NHL to make decisions that make sense:
The phrase "suspension of disbelief" came to be used more loosely in the later 20th century, often used to imply that the burden was on the reader, rather than the writer, to achieve it.
And, if you're not willing to suspend your disbelief, you might as well give up any form of entertainment and spend your time on the internet pointing out the plot holes in movies like Toy Story 3. I'll give you a head start: IT'S A CARTOON, FOR #@$%#'s SAKE!!!
Canucks Mercifully End Season Series With Columbus, Take 5th Straight Overall: Recap and Chance Data
March 27 2013 12:31AM
Cory Schneider had to find a way to keep busy on Tuesday night, as the Blue Jackets certainly didn't seem interested in helping out.
Sorry, this game recap would have been up sooner, if not for the fact that I fell asleep sometime between the second period and the third. That game was.. not all that aesthetically pleasing (I'm being kind). Sure, we'll go with that description.
The Canucks came out of the gate with their guns blazing, blitzing a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that looked severely outmatched. Their early efforts didn't result in a goal, but at least there were plenty of positives to be taken from the team's play. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, as the game went along the action slowed down, and eventually ground to a halt.
Both teams seemed somewhat satisfied to let it go into overtime, assuring themselves at least the one point. After 65 minutes of hockey couldn't produce a single goal, a Max Lapierre shootout winner gave the Canucks the victory and in doing so extended their winning streak to 5 games.
Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.
March 26 2013 03:55PM
This is a real thing that @strombone1 tweeted to beak Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler.
Kesler subsequently described it as a manwich which, what even?
Today at Canucks Army we previewed tonight's Canucks home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, poked holes in Gallagher's head-slapping theory that Jannik Hansen is a substandard playmaker unfit for power-play time, thought the Keith Ballard as a forward experiment was worth a shot, preferred Kaspars Daugavins to Jussi Jokinen on waivers, and kicked off our "Bold Moves" series with a look back at the decision making process behind the Keith Ballard trade.
For more Canucks news items, corny jokes, all caps sentences and cotton candy Gandalfs click past the jump.
March 26 2013 02:59PM
This post requires you to take a moment and consider an alternate reality.
It requires you to step back and allow yourself to consider a player without any preconceptions, to consider what talents a player has and then to make a judgment on his position. There's no consideration for a player's salary, or how he was acquired. This is simply about talent.
Ok, you ready?
Let's go talk about Keith Ballard, NHL forward.