Is No News Good News?

Jonathan Willis
February 01 2012 05:38PM



Eight years ago, at the conclusion of the last collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and then NHLPA director Bob Goodenow were set in their respective positions and firing salvos at each other through the media. Today, Bettman and new NHLPA director Donald Fehr are approaching the end of another CBA in a very different matter: by putting negotiations off.

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Headshots February 1st

Cam Davie
February 01 2012 03:46PM

What can I say... these guys are the best.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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The #Canucks Week in Tweets

John Cullen
February 01 2012 12:19PM

Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me @cullenthecomic!

Oh, Garry Valk. If you’re not accusing Luongo of faking an injury to win the shootout, you’re somehow implying that the Canucks team is composed entirely of women who are perpetually worried about breaking their nails. I guess Garry Valk avoided getting hit when he played, because he didn’t want to smear the glass with fake tanner.

More Tweets after the jump!

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It's True, I Have Joined the Army

Jeff Paterson
February 01 2012 10:19AM

It is true. I have joined the Army. No brushcut, no fatigues, no basic training – in fact, no training of any kind – I’m jumping right in and hoping to have some fun in this space as the Canucks hit the stretch run, approach the trade deadline and advance into the playoffs.

When the guys who oversee this website first approached me a few weeks back, I was flattered that they thought there was a fit for me, with what they’ve created here at Canucks Army. But I didn’t know if it was something I wanted or needed to do. However, after some time, I realized that while I have an outlet for my thoughts about the hockey club on the Team 1040, in the weekly column I write for the Georgia Straight, and on Twitter, one thing I was missing was a regular space to call my own on the web. A spot where I can post whatever I want, whenever I want as thoughts cross my mind about the Vancouver Canucks.

And now I have that here at Canucks Army.

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Canucks Best Blackhawks in Extra Time: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 01 2012 01:10AM

Unbelievably, what happened next didn't result in a goal.

It was a fast paced, hard-fought regular season classic at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night, which, was what we expected with the Blackhawks in town. It was also the first head-to-head game between the two clubs since Dave Bolland publicly called the Sedin twins "sisters" who "sleep in bunk-beds." Despite the history and the animosity, it was a largely clean game that featured only two penalties. With the Canucks vaunted power-play neutered, the Blackhawks proceeded to out-shoot and out-chance the Canucks throughout the game. The Blackhawk advantage was particularly noticeable in the second frame (usually the Canucks weakest) but they failed to capitalize on an assortment of gift-wrapped goals off of turnovers, and odd-man rushes.

Finally, the Blackhawks took the lead early in the third period on a Stalberg back-hander, but Cody Franchise tied the game a few minutes later as the Canucks capitalized on a lazy break-out by Blackhawks rookie sensation Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews (who was otherwise dominant). Eventually the twins combined to win it in overtime, but not before Cory Schneider put an exclamation mark on his dominant evening, stopping two straight Blackhawk breakaways in the extra frame.

A full recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump.

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