September 26 2013 04:25PM
Image via 24 Hours .
The games still haven't started counting for anything yet, but with the regular season exactly a week away, and the Rangers (more importantly, Alain Vigneault) in town, there's a buzz in Vancouver that hasn't been felt in a handful of months.
Mike Gillis joined Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on the Team1040's Midday Show to discuss a handful of interesting topics including his relationship with the aforementioned former Canucks coach, the chances of a few youngsters making the team, potential roster moves coming in the next couple of days, and a Sedin extension.
Read on past the jump for the transcript of today's interview. You can also listen here if you'd like.
September 26 2013 02:07PM
Hey, I know that guy! (Image via John Minchillo/AP )
A friendly face, depending who you talk to of course, comes back to town tonight as Alain Vigneault and his new squad, the New York Rangers, visit Rogers Arena to face the Canucks.
While speaking with Brad Ziemer this morning, Vigneault said that "fans don't come to see coaches.. I don't think anyone is coming to see me". While that's definitely true, there's no denying that his return is dominating the headlines today. And that's a much needed relief for the Canucks, who haven't provided us with very many positives to discuss over the past few weeks. A distraction is more than welcome right about now.
Tonight's tilt with the Rangers marks the final game of the preseason for the Canucks, meaning that this will be the last chance for fringe guys like Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk to make an impression on the coaching staff in the hopes of sticking around for the team's opener a week from tonight.
September 25 2013 03:19PM
As the preseason comes to a close and the NHL regular season is squarely on the horizon StreakCred is ready to go with an early bird - $15 for the entire year.
September 25 2013 02:59PM
"Draw me like Nazem Kadri draws a tripping penalty" - How the line should have been delivered
This post is mostly related to two vilified wingers of past and future Vancouver Canucks teams, Mason Raymond and David Booth. Both of these players are pretty good at an overlooked part of hockey. At least Raymond was good before his injury sustained in the Finals, but I digress. I've covered Raymond pre-and-post injury enough, and the last thing this website needs is more people talking about how Booth is going to surpass measly expectations.
Powerplay percentages and penalty kill percentages are one thing, but what really matters is how many goals for and against you get in special teams situations. Last year, the Canucks were 8th in PK percentage but 10th in goals against while shorthanded. Why the small discrepancy? Because they took more penalties.
September 24 2013 10:57PM
Andrew Alberts must be a secret agent. It's the only possible explanation for his performance tonight.
The Canucks entered Tuesday night's game in San Jose coming off of an impressive victory against the Coyotes the previous night. Despite a few lineup changes - Higgins, Garrison, and Luongo, most notably - they were still icing a more than competent crew, so there was reason to believe that we'd be treated to a good game.
Early on, the Sedins - reunited with Alex Burrows and it feeeeeeels so goooood - generated a handful of quality chances. They were buzzing. There was also a play where Chris Tanev rang iron with a shot from the point as Jannik Hansen caused a ruckus in front of Antti Niemi.
But then, the direction of the game changed and things sort of went off the rails..