November 16 2013 10:38AM
As you can tell, Hunter Shinkaruk probably bit off more than he could chew on Friday night.
The Vancouver Giants are making no secret of the fact that they're not exactly poised to make a run this season. Heck, their slogan for the campaign is "Champions UNDER CONSTRUCTION" written inside of a big road hazard sign. They were a league worst 21-49-2 last season, and they're 9-11-1 this year. As a result, fans of the team - and even casual fans that may have otherwise being going because after all, it's still hockey - haven't exactly been going out to the games in droves.
But on Friday night the Pacific Coliseum saw its 2nd biggest crowd of the year, and with good reason, as Vancouver Canucks 24th overall pick Hunter Shinkaruk came to town with his Medicine Hat Tigers squad. I was there, and while there wasn't much to speak of in the way of worthwhile happenings for the first 2+ periods, the 3rd more than made up for it. After the game I got the chance to speak to Shinkaruk himself, so I've gone ahead and transcribed the interview just past the jump.
November 15 2013 01:29PM
Dumbest thing you've ever seen? Probably.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
November 15 2013 11:45AM
The soon-to-be 26 year old Swede was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The deal is worth $2.3 million, which means that it'll carry a $1.15 mil cap hit. A nice bump in pay from the $850k he's making this season as the team's back-up 'tender.
Read on past the jump for more.
November 15 2013 10:42AM
It was the best of Corsi, it was the worst of Corsi, it was the age of statistics, it was the age of character, it was the epoch of Beleafs, it was the epoch of math ability, it was the season of Fights, it was the season of Lockouts, it was the summer of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had Extra Skater before us, we had no TimeOnIce before us, they were going direct to the Playoffs, they were going direct to the lottery -- in short, the period was so far like the third period of the Bruins series, that some of the noisiest media authorities insisted on the Leafs being treated, wrongly or even more wrongly, in the superlative degree of shot quality only.
November 14 2013 02:19PM
Joe Thornton returns to the scene of the crime.
Thursday night's meeting will mark the 8th time in the last 25 games (including the playoffs) that the Canucks will have played the San Jose Sharks, which is relevant, because it helps put things in perspective. The Sharks are unquestionably one of the league's elite teams, and I'm sure that the Canucks will appreciate not having to play them nearly every 3rd game for the remainder of the season.
I also appreciate that this is the (4th and) final time these two teams will meet over the course of the next handful of months because quite frankly I'm running out of interesting things to say in my coverage of their games. Leading up to this meeting we won't have to hear about the tired storyline of how many times in a row the Canucks have lost to the Sharks after having slayed the dragon a week ago, but I'm sure all of the Joe Thornton #ROOSTERWATCH jokes will more than make up for it.