October 17 2013 10:28PM
Zack Kassian during happier times; more hair, teeth intact and an unquenchable thirst for blood.
Here it is, Evening Head Shots, Episode 2: The Phantom...something or other. I'm back again, though some of you may not be happy about that, it's alright, it was nice to get a real negative reaction for once; I assume it was because I wasn't swearing nearly enough or because we all know that my Dad can kick the shit out of your Dad. Anyways, here we go.
October 17 2013 05:00PM
...it just so happens that it's usually on right wing while the Sedins are on the ice. And man, is Mike Santorelli ever in the right place at the right time.
The flip side, of course, is that it is also possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But this post is not about Santorelli (I used a pencil for a reason) or the role that luck/randomness/chance plays in hockey (been there, done that).
No, today we get to talk about Cody Hodgson, who a couple of years ago found himself in the right place but at the wrong time.
Or should I say, at the wrong ice time?
October 17 2013 01:48PM
The jury is still out on the winner of the Mogilny-Hodgson trade
Tonight is Game 2 of the 7-game roadtrip, taking place in Buffalo, the hometown of a certain one-time Vancouver Canucks prospect. Not to spend too much time on this deal (I'd rather not) but I recognize it's a big story today. I have the same opinion of the trade as I did back in the spring of 2012—the return was underwhelming for the price. Mike Gillis cashed in his overpriced stock, Cody Hodgson, and took on another overvalued commodity in return in the form of one of the dozens of 'next Milan Lucic' players populating hockey.
"The Buffalo Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Vancouver Canucks" so says the NHL.com preview, which can't be particularly useful information. Both teams have just 11 players from their last game against one another on the active roster and each of them has a player that happens to be suspended. One of the games in that stretch of five is from January of 2007, a game that saw the Canucks get goals from Taylor Pyatt, Jan Bulis and Markus Naslund while Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and Chris Drury scored for the Sabres.
Basically, recent records against Eastern Conference teams are even more useless than they normally are. Assisting on that Bulis goal, by the way, Josh Green and Rory Fitzpatrick.
October 17 2013 09:44AM
In this last week of Canuck Prospects things have started to get a but busier. The Utica Comets and Comettes had their first games, the ECHL and CHL have started pre-season play and the OHL/WHL are quite busy in their schedule already. As always, follow me @nuckprospect for day to day updates on Canuck Prospects. I will post #fancystats on them when I can, though the data is not always there.
October 16 2013 08:58PM
Ryan Kesler sobs with raw emotion after bumping the slump.
Be gentle, it’s my first time here at Canucks Army. For those of you who don’t know, I’m Mitch; I blog, I enjoy a casual swear, and I have the grammar of a 9 year old boy. For those of you who do know me…well, you know everything I just said above is absolutely, 100% true and that in the right light it looks like former Canucks Christian Ehrhoff looks like he doesn’t have eyebrows. Enough is enough, let’s get you folks some news.