May 13 2013 09:17AM
Here's some bad news from the Peoria Journal Star's Dave Eminian:
The Vancouver Canucks have notified Peoria Civic Center they will not be operating their AHL team here. So Rivermen officially gone.— Dave Eminian (@icetimecleve) May 13, 2013
Sources say Vancouver likely to keep former Rivermen team dormant next season and loan prospects to other AHL teams.— Dave Eminian (@icetimecleve) May 13, 2013
The possibility that Vancouver wouldn't be able to find a spot to park their newly acquired AHL affiliate has been broached previously by Mike Gillis, but still, this comes as a bit of a surprise. Read past the jump.
May 11 2013 01:32PM
Grantland and ESPN’s Bill Simmons recently published his 2013 edition of his top 50 NBA trade value rankings. I “borrowed” the idea last year and ranked the top 50 NHL trade values, and will be doing the same in a few months once the Stanley Cup has been awarded.
And I’m going to use the same rules and factors to rank the top trade values in the Vancouver organization. What I am taking into account:
- Age matters
- Contracts matter
- Position matters
Read on for the list, some honourable mentions, and a few other thoughts.
May 10 2013 12:11PM
Image generated at somekindofninja.com
The image above is a "player usage chart," which is a way of looking at players and evaluating how they're being deployed. We've used these charts on several occassions previously. Here's how the chart works: the higher a player's bubble is located on the y-axis the tougher the competition they faced was. The further to the left that player's bubble is on the x-axis the more often you started in the defensive zone. If a player's circle is red it means they were a negative possession player, and if their circle was blue, they were coming out ahead.
There are four blue bubbles on Vancouver's forward usage chart for the 2013 seasons and one of them is Derek Roy, who only played a small portion of the season with the Canucks and disappeared in time for the postseason. The other three positive bubbles are Alex Burrows, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Yes, those are also the three players who started most often in the offensive zone among all Canucks forwards (though they started a much lower proportion of their shifts there than they have in the previous two seasons), but they also battled the toughest competition. In fact, I think it's abundantly clear that the twins had their best two-way campaign in the behindthenet era...
Read past the jump.
May 10 2013 09:04AM
Mike Gillis never sleeps, cause sleep is the cousin of death.
Well, another disappointing season has come and gone for the Canucks. Whether you want to bring out the microscope and analyze what went wrong or just forget that it all happened, at least you now have several weeks of stress-free playoff hockey watching ahead of you! So there's that, but not much else.
Anyway, allow me to send you off into the sunset with the final installment of Canucks Quips for the 2013 season. Fair warning: it's sort of an epic mishmash of emotions.
May 09 2013 02:57PM
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick
During his season ending press conference, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis was asked by Jason Botchford about Mason Raymond's future with the team, and whether or not Gillis still believes in the speedster. Gillis responded as such:
"We had a lot of success in previous years, now we have to recognize that changes have to be made. I'm not going to commit today to what those changes will be, I think I need more time. I don't want to make decisions hastily or based on emotion."
That was pretty much the tenor of the entire press conference.
Read past the jump for more.