December 30 2013 11:45AM
Back on December 4th I wrote a lengthy review of the first 30 games of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. In the section on defensemen, I had the following to say:
"The biggest storyline on the blueline for the Canucks through the first 1/3 of the season has to be the remarkable bill of health they've been enjoying. Excluding Alex Edler's 3-game suspension back in the 2nd week of the season, John Tortorella has been able to use the same 6 defensemen for every single game.. which seems unprecedented."
I'm sorry if I jinxed it, but I think we all figured that it was only a matter of time before the pendulum swung in the other direction, and their fortunes changed. Sure enough, defensemen are dropping like flies at this point.
With the most recent injury sustained by Andrew Alberts - following an ugly incident involving a facepuncher, sigh - the team has finally succumbed, calling up young Frank(ie) Corrado after fans had been clamouring for them to do so ever since Alex Edler went down weeks ago. I'm just glad to see that the team went with the best player available in this case rather than putting too much stock into which side he plays on (Corrado is another guy that plays the right, by the way). Take note, Team Canada.
December 29 2013 08:51PM
Photo Credit: Gerry Thomas/NHL via Getty Images)
It wasn't pretty and it certainly wasn't exciting (for the most part), but the Vancouver Canucks got the job done with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Vancouver's NHL club looked a bit rusty early on - especially on a painful five minute power-play opportunity early in the contest - and a couple of defensemen, most notably Andrew Alberts, got banged up; but otherwise it was a quality return to action for the team following a week long Christmas break.
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December 29 2013 06:40PM
Andrew Alberts is brutally felled by an elbow to the head from Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan
Stick-tap Kukla's Corner
With defensemen Alex Edler and Ryan Stanton on the shelf with injury, the Vancouver Canucks are already without two left-side defenseman for the medium term. The club may be without a third lefty defender going forward after Sunday night, as depth defenseman Andrew Alberts appeared to be rather seriously injured following an elbow to the head from Calgary Flames pugilist Brian McGrattan (see the video above).
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December 29 2013 10:19AM
The Vancouver Canucks return to action on Sunday evening after a week long Christmas break. The first game back after Christmas is often a tryptophan induced slog, and after a full week spent idle, presumably it'll take a bit for the Canucks to find their pre-Christmas form. Luckily they'll get a soft landing on Sunday evening, as they face the relatively hapless Calgary Flames in the first leg of back-to-back games.
Read past the jump for a more lengthy game preview.
December 28 2013 11:51AM
Could Dane Fox be a sly signing for the Canucks?
Image via CKSN
According to the Erie Otters' forward's sister, OHL leading scorer and undrafted free-agent Dane Fox has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks:
The team hasn't confirmed their latest acquisition yet, but as we learned when Derek Joslin's sister broke the news of the defenseman signing with the team in the summer of 2012, siblings usually know their stuff.
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