The Top 10 Blunders Of the Mike Gillis Era

Dimitri Filipovic
October 12 2012 08:57AM

Recently, I sang the praises of General Manager Mike Gillis, breaking down the top 10 moves of his tenure with the Canucks. It hasn't been all roses, though. As could be expected, there have been a handful of moves along the way that haven't exactly panned out the way he would have hoped.

What you'll quickly notice is that this list provides us with some perspective on how good of a job he has done in the past five years. For the sake of completeness, the list includes 10 blunders. Just know that if the first couple of them are being singled out as mistakes, then that means he has probably done his job effectively.

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Steve Dangle
October 11 2012 07:29PM


Hey all! Steve Dangle here. Fellow Nations contributer Andrey Osadchenko and I have started making highlight packs in English for the KHL youtube channel this season. Like them? We can make it a regular feature here at the Nations. 

Anyway - one of these games features Nail Yakupov who scored a goal, an assist, and a pretty hilariously blatant dive.


Nail Yakupov's goal and assist were not enough as Slovan downs Neftekhimik.

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Headshots October 11th

Dimitri Filipovic
October 11 2012 04:11PM


Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause that you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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Alternate Reality: Captain David Backes?

Jeff Angus
October 11 2012 02:36PM


Over the next few weeks, I am going to take a look at some alternate realities that could have come to fruition if things had played out differently for the Canucks over the past few seasons. The four situations I am going to analyze are:

The David Backes offer sheet (summer of 2008)

The Mats Sundin two-year, $20 million offer (summer of 2008)

The rumored trade offer for the 2nd overall pick in 2009 (summer of… 2009)

Trading for Brad Richards (2008 trade deadline)

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Canucks Fans: Still the Worst (Sometimes)

Thomas Drance
October 11 2012 10:25AM

A digital mob attacked the girl who wrote this message.

Canucks fans - as a group - are savvy. Generally they understand the value of a guy like Chris Higgins - whose contributions extend past what you see in the boxscore. Canucks fans - as a group - donate a lot of money to charity. In the past they've got behind initiatives like Five Hole for Food, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, or Scrabble Tournaments with Tanner Glass with zeal. Canucks fans - as a group -  support their team voraciously through thick and thin.

But as we've seen repeatedly, and again on Wednesday night, Canucks fans (as a group) are terrible when it comes to keeping things in perspective.

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