Roberto Luongo and postseason breakdowns

Cam Charron
September 20 2011 08:12AM

We are just three days into training camp, and already the 9-5 media is filling time on sports talk radio with a made up Vancouver Canucks goaltending controversy. The Kurtenbloggers, fresh in the noontime spot on Vancouver's TEAM 1040 radio, discussed at length whether Roberto Luongo was capable of winning a Stanley Cup, and whether or not Cory Schneider should be given a chance to compete for the starting job.

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Player types: The no-way forward

Cam Charron
September 19 2011 02:51PM


Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward the defensive forward, and the offensive liability)

While players in some of the other player categories may cause one to blink an eye, I think there will be a little more consensus agreement in this section of the series dealing with the "No-Way Forward".

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Team1040 Listeners Are Idiots!

Cam Davie
September 19 2011 02:09PM

What! Me worry about Bobby Lu?
No, because I understand numbers and truth and things that are right in front of my face.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vancouver's flagship sports station, the TEAM 1040, ran a poll on Friday asking listeners to provide feedback on what worries them going into the new season.

As Jason Botchford reported yesterday, Team 1040 listeners overwhelmingly voted for "Roberto Luongo" as their most worrysome issue about their beloved Canucks, taking 62% of the vote.

This emphatically proves one thing: Almost two-thirds of TEAM 1040 listeners are complete idiots.

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Headshots September 19th

Thomas Drance
September 19 2011 01:35PM

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost and would like it to be featured in our Headshots posts please e-mail me at

Now that twitter has got Juice. Doesn't Juice deserve some juice? How about lots of juice, in perpetuity, for as long as the internet exists? Done, thanks to

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In The Scrum: Thoughts & Observations From the Opening of Main Camp

Thomas Drance
September 19 2011 08:14AM

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo, PNG

Editor's note: It's a rare day indeed when CanucksArmy is able to publish a piece with actual access. Today is that rare day. These observations from the opening of Canucks Main Camp were written by friend of the blog Justin Morissette, who is a broadcast journalism student at BCIT in Vancouver. He occasionally blogs about moviesmoonlights as a stand-up comedian and once sang the national anthems at a Canucks game. Follow him on Twitter: @JustinMoris.

Through an equal dose of luck and opportunity, I recently found myself covering the opening day of Canucks’ main camp for a local television station. As the older, more seasoned beat reporters waited around the narrow hallway impatiently as players were led out to face the press one by one, my enthusiasm could not be deterred. “Just wait,” said one veteran. “You’ll come to hate this in time.” As someone who would have otherwise been sitting bored in a classroom had I not been there, standing bored in a hallway waiting to interview hockey players seemed like a pretty great place to be.

The Canucks’ have gone with a different set-up so far in this training camp, in terms of media availability, leading players out by request instead of opening up the room to reporters. While it gives the team more control over what “the message” is, it sadly cuts down on the chance to get an exclusive. I would have liked to have broken off from the pack and struck up a conversation with one of the lesser names in the dressing room to see if I could get something worthwhile, but alas, the opportunities just weren’t there this year. Not yet anyway... Here then, are my impressions from inside the belly of the beast:

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