April 05 2014 02:26PM
When the Vancouver Canucks went into Los Angeles to take on the Kings back on January 13th, they were sporting a 24-13-9 record on the season. Their opponents on that night were 27-14-5, a measly two points ahead of them in the Pacific Division.
The Canucks wound up losing the hockey game by a 1-0 score, but were widely hailed for how they "handled their business" on that night. The players themselves, sounded exceptionally upbeat basedon their remarks following the game (via Vancity Buzz).
Sure, they may've lost the game that represented the battle, but by all accounts they proved to the world - and even more importantly, themselves - that they would no longer be pushed around by the Big Bad Kings. So maybe, just maybe, they'd better positioned themselves to win the eventual war.
Unfortunately, the illustrious momentum we've all heard so much about didn't wind up carrying over. The Canucks lost by a 8 goals in their next game, and have gone 10-19-2 since. Of course, it's not just as simple as that; injuries and bad luck and all that jazz factored into their tumble, but the point about how silly the hockey community can sometimes be with all of this fighting/momentum/character mumbo jumbo stands tall.
April 04 2014 02:03PM
According to a report stemming from today's practice Henrik Sedin is expected to make his return to the Canucks lineup on Saturday night, when the team plays host to the Los Angeles Kings. As you'll recall he was injured nearly two weeks ago now, when he took an awkward hit to the leg on a play behind the net (which is ironic, since those three words generally elicit such positive thoughts).
The return falls right in-line with the initial prognosis of 2 weeks, but still, there's ample reason to question why exactly the team would want to bring him back in the first place given the circumstances.
Read on for more.
April 04 2014 11:27AM
Unfortunately, you can talk more about the soap opera in the Vancouver Canucks front office more than you can talk about the actual Vancouver Canucks games on the ice. There appears to be a variety of conflicting views between ownership, management and coaching, and those rumours about ownership trying to bypass Mike Gillis into hiring John Tortorella as coach doesn't bode for the future for several reasons—the first of which being that you never want the owner making the on-ice decisions.
Dimitri, who is a Cowboys fan, surely can relate.
April 03 2014 03:17PM
Great Picture of a CanucksArmy Blogger via Utica Comets Fans Facebook
While the Canucks continue to slough towards a top-8 pick in the draft the Utica Comets are continuing to make their final push towards earning a playoff spot in their inaugural season. This weekend was very critical for points as they were playing back-to-back-to-back games with two against the Abbotsford Heat at home.
But it's not just "playoff season" in the AHL -- The WHL and OHL are just starting their second rounds, the NLA and the SHL in Europe are well underway in their post season, and most teams have already been eliminated in the NCAA as we head towards the Frozen Four.
Read on to find out how your Vancouver Canucks prospects are performing in their respective leagues. And as always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
April 03 2014 01:19PM
It's fair to say that Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has generally come across as sour, dour, and irascible during his regular Team 1040 appearances over the years.
Even when he's working out to Bob Marley, in a situation where we might reasonably expect the THC and the endorphins to be flowing, the Canucks president and general manager has often seemed like a guy who'd literally rather be anywhere else in the world other than appearing on local sports talk radio to be grilled by the likes of Matt Sekeres, Scott Rintoul or Jason Botchford, or, alternatively, sucked up to by the Bro.
All of that huff and bluster which we've come to expect was conspicuously missing from Gillis' 1040 appearance on Thursday morning, however, as the embattled team executive appeared to be laying out a pitch to fans. The substance of that pitch: a return to the sort of high-tempo, entertaining style of hockey that the Canucks have gotten away from over the past several seasons.
It's a tough sales job facing a general manager and an organization coming off of a cataclysmic season like that which the Canucks have endured, and are still enduring. And it may not just be the fans that Gillis has to convince, which the general manager seemed well aware of as he admitted: "I'm not sure I'll be back next year."
We'll unpack Gillis' comments after the jump.