February 16 2013 12:22AM
Photo Credit: (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
In what was a historic Friday night game for Henrik Sedin and Vancouver's NHL franchise, the Dallas Stars - owned by Vancouver businessman and Aquilini rival Tom Gagliardi - were fortunate to narrowly defeat the Canucks in regulation. Beyond the Gagliardi connection, this was a defeat with a decidedly local flavour: the winning goal was scored by Surrey native Brenden Dillon and assisted on by Victoria's Jamie Benn, the game tying goal was scored by Antoine Roussel who first broke into the professional ranks in the fall of 2011 with the Canucks organization, and also Dallas employs a dude named Aaron Rome who was probably the difference this evening.
It's ironic really, because the Canucks were the superior club througout on Friday and arguably put together their best sixty-minutes of hockey this season. Heading into Frirday night's game the Canucks had relied on goaltending so airtight it was downright indecent, and they were due some unfortunate breaks in their own end of the rink. Luck evens out eventually, and it caught up to the Canucks and Cory Schneider in a big way against the Stars. Read on past the jump for more.
February 15 2013 04:05PM
When you think of all time great Canucks three names come to mind immediately: Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden and Aaron Rome.
Photo Credit: Jason Botchford
Tonight is the night that former Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome, beloved by no one except Alain Vigneault and the editors of this site, returns to Rogers Arena. The anticipation is palpable, and Jason Botchford is on it. [The Province]
More links, .gifs, Aaron Rome jokes and other stuff after the jump!
February 15 2013 01:50PM
Looks like there's a couple of struggling organizations looking for new leadership this week.
However, unlike Scott Howson, the Pope wasn't fired but chose to retire voluntarily. Mind you, it would be pretty tough to fire the Pope for cause, what with the whole "Papal infallibility" and all. That's not something you could ever accuse Scott Howson of. His record of abject fallibility is about as long as the Pope's hat is tall. As the headline to @CamCharron's piece over at Puck Daddy put it, "Blue Jackets part ways with GM Scott Howson, probably because of all the losing."
Anyway, all this talk about the Pope got me thinking about how long it's been since I went to confession...
February 15 2013 12:39PM
In a game against Dallas last season, Kesler demonstrates his breakneck play style.
Photo Credit: TONY GUTIERREZ / AP
After getting off to a rocky start to the season - the Canucks' first six games were marked by iffy goaltending, unforced puck moving errors, permissive defensive coverage and a complete inability to hang on to two goal leads - the Vancouver Canucks machine has been purring of late, recording six straight wins over a variety of Northwest Division opponents and also the Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight the Canucks will try to extend their streak to seven games against a surprisingly competitive Dallas Stars club.
A key subplot is that Friday night's contest could mark Jaromir Jagr's final game in Vancouver. I'm not sure he'll mind come to think of it. While Jagr's a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, his most notable hockey moment in Vancouver is probably that time he got crushed by Ovechkin during the Olympics.
Another key subplot? The return of Aaron Rome. Boy oh boy do I miss his steady low-event stylings on the... Yeah I can't even finish that sentence and the 2013 version of Keith Ballard is a big upgrade over what Rome would've brought in a bottom-pairing role. Still, Rome is massively underappreciated by Canucks fans. He was (and is) a legitimately useful and versatile player!
Read on past the jump.
February 15 2013 10:52AM
The player that shall remain unnamed went, well, unnamed over the course of this entire episode.
There's a certain controversy between two Canucks players (that just so happen to play the same position) that has been the main talking point surrounding the team this season. Believe it or not, Cam & I managed to go through an entire podcast without mentioning it once. We hope that's not illegal, but it's entirely possible that it is.
So what did we discuss, then? We spent the entirety of the show taking a long look at the way the forward lines will shake out for the team once Ryan Kesler and David Booth are ready to go. What kind of combinations would you like to see? (let us know in the comments section).
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