Chris Higgins and the Value of the Role Player

Jeff Angus
February 14 2013 11:51AM

Canucks fans didn`t have much in the way of expectations for Chris Higgins after the club acquired him and Maxim Lapierre at the 2011 trade deadline.

Those two moves were largely overlooked at the time and Higgins and Lapierre were described as "depth players" and "insurance." But Higgins and Lapierre were integral parts of Vancouver`s Stanley Cup run and almost two years later, they are both playing consistent minutes for Vancouver. Higgins, in particular, has found a home with the Canucks as its Mr. Everything (a title he shares with Jannik Hansen). He can play on the power play and on the penalty kill. He is a great skater, he hits, and he is one of the best Canucks at winning one-on-one puck battles along the boards.

Let`s take a bit of a look back at Higgins and his journey over the past few years.

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Canucks GM Mike Gillis blames “some guy in his mother’s basement” for Luongo buyout talk

Jonathan Willis
February 14 2013 10:44AM

On Tuesday, Canucks GM Mike Gillis did an interview with Hockey Central, ostensibly to talk about the Canucks’ new 10-year deal with Sportsnet, which hosts the show. Unsurprisingly, the discussion soon turned to Vancouver’s goaltenders, with the bulk of the focus falling on Luongo, who has been a staple in trade rumours for most of the last year.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 13th

Thomas Drance
February 13 2013 04:11PM

Pretty Much the Funniest Canucks Jersey Ever.
Via @BigNasty604

Daniel Wagner breaks down Mikko Koivu's thieving of Alex Burrows' glove during Tuesday night's game between the Canucks and the Wild. It's the second glove related incident between the two teams over the past two seasons, so I guess it's fair to say that there's no glove lost between these two teams! Heyo! [Pass it to Bulis]

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Fun With (Early Season) Numbers

Dimitri Filipovic
February 13 2013 03:21PM

Hey, it's not ol' Dale's fault he has such a punchable face.

We're now 12 games in, which constitutes exactly a quarter of the 2013 NHL season. Something you need to keep in mind is that just because the season is shorter this year, doesn't necessarily mean that the early season numbers carry any sort of added importance. As Cam Charron wrote a while back, the myth that a 48-game season changes things significantly has been circulated by fans and media alike because, hey, it makes for a far better story!

That takes into account team success, though. Individual performances will surely be skewed this season, at least to an extent. I do think that by the time the season wraps up, it will have provided us with some outlier paces; with the result being bad contracts handed out this sumer, and misguided evaluation of certain players' abilities.

But that's not our concern at the moment. We can only work with what we have, and that's a 12-game sample of numbers. Let's have some fun with them, shall we?

Read Past the Jump for More.

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Canucks Keep Wild Times Going, Stretch Streak to 6: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
February 13 2013 12:12AM

A physical affair broke out on Tuesday night, but Mason Raymond was up to it.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Hayward/AP

On Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks went on to win their 6th game in a row thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Minnesota's professional hockey team. Ironically enough, this game was anything but "wild", despite what the title may imply. Sometimes you need to skew the facts in order to incorporate a good pun. At least that's what Thomas Drance taught me my first day on the job. Plus, it really all depends on your perspective; for example, I think Bryan Reynolds thought this was a heck of a game.

Regardless, a win is a win. All of 'em count the same at the end of the day. And I'm sure that the Canucks will gladly take yet another 2 points against a Northwest Division rival.

Read on Past the Jump for Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.

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