April 15 2014 04:59PM
Who needs the playoffs when you've got the NHL Entry Draft to get excited about, right? RIGHT? That's the line of thinking you'll need to start becoming comfortable with if you'd like to sleep at night in the coming weeks, as you watch other compete for the Stanley Cup while your favourite team doesn't.
Whenever things aren't going all that well in the present, a good compensatory mechanism is to look ahead to the future. That all starts tonight, as the ping pong balls will be picked and the draft order for June 27th's event in Philadelphia will be determined.
The Canucks head into it with a 6.2% chance of winning the 1st overall pick. Let's hope the team didn't start Jacob Markstrom and Mike Zalewski in the final games of the season all for nothing.
April 14 2014 01:16PM
This joke we made last night seemed to confound some people, but unfortunately, it wasn't a mistake on our part. What it was, was a sad truth; the Canucks did in fact win their final game of the season for the first time since '05-'06, and as their reward they'll now have longer than usual to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong.
With missing the playoffs for the first time in 5 years came a premature locker clean-out day, with both the players and the coach facing the media one last time before going their separate ways. We'll get into some of the choice quotes that came from it just past the jump. We'll also go over a couple of roster moves the team made this morning, and look ahead to what's next for both the Canucks and this blog.
April 14 2014 01:15PM
Playoffs? We're talking playoffs...playoff pools to be specific.
April 13 2014 11:30PM
Mercifully the 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks season, which even at the best of times was difficult to watch, came to an end on Sunday night with a lopsided Canucks beat-down of the Calgary Flames. Its been a long time since the Canucks had a season end in the first half of April, without so much as a home playoff date, but that's where we're at. At least the overall dissatisfaction in this market, combined with the team's lack of success, should usher in an interesting offseason (draft lottery Tuesday!).
For the first 38 minutes, or thereabouts, this was a vintage Northwest Division style smack down; the Flames completely outmatched by a Canucks team that was actually generating offense and goals (for once). Then Daniel Sedin took a nasty hit in the numbers from Paul Byron, and appeared to be severely injured as he lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before leaving the game on a stretcher. The reports are that Daniel is in stable condition, was in a good mood, and was able to move his extremities; so that's excellent news (Update: Daniel has been released from hospital).
We'll recap the game at length after the jump.
April 12 2014 11:41PM
Typically, the type of 5-2 loss that the Vancouver Canucks suffered at the hands of the lowly Edmonton Oilers would be grounds for a whole lot of eyebrow raising, and head scratching. But not on this particular night.
Not when we came into Saturday contest knowing what we did -- the Canucks were dressing Mike Zalewski, as good a sign as any of their abundantly transparent ulterior motivates, while the Oilers were surely going to do anything and everything to send a Former New York Islanders Great off into the sunset with a relatively meaningless victory in the final game of the season.
And so it came and went, Game 81 of the campaign, with just one more life-sucking contest left to be played tomorrow night. Before we get to that, though, let's get to Ryan Smyth's big night as he was gracious enough to take some time from shedding an immense number of tears to whore out for any type of garbage goal possible.