Game 13 Preview: Stars @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
February 15 2013 12:39PM

In a game against Dallas last season, Kesler demonstrates his breakneck play style.

After getting off to a rocky start to the season - the Canucks' first six games were marked by iffy goaltending, unforced puck moving errors, permissive defensive coverage and a complete inability to hang on to two goal leads - the Vancouver Canucks machine has been purring of late, recording six straight wins over a variety of Northwest Division opponents and also the Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight the Canucks will try to extend their streak to seven games against a surprisingly competitive Dallas Stars club.

A key subplot is that Friday night's contest could mark Jaromir Jagr's final game in Vancouver. I'm not sure he'll mind come to think of it. While Jagr's a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, his most notable hockey moment in Vancouver is probably that time he got crushed by Ovechkin during the Olympics

Another key subplot? The return of Aaron Rome. Boy oh boy do I miss his steady low-event stylings on the... Yeah I can't even finish that sentence and the 2013 version of Keith Ballard is a big upgrade over what Rome would've brought in a bottom-pairing role. Still, Rome is massively underappreciated by Canucks fans. He was (and is) a legitimately useful and versatile player!

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The SYAE Podcast: Taking a Look at the Future Forward Lines

Dimitri Filipovic
February 15 2013 10:52AM

The player that shall remain unnamed went, well, unnamed over the course of this entire episode.

There's a certain controversy between two Canucks players (that just so happen to play the same position) that has been the main talking point surrounding the team this season. Believe it or not, Cam & I managed to go through an entire podcast without mentioning it once. We hope that's not illegal, but it's entirely possible that it is.

So what did we discuss, then? We spent the entirety of the show taking a long look at the way the forward lines will shake out for the team once Ryan Kesler and David Booth are ready to go. What kind of combinations would you like to see? (let us know in the comments section).

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The Canucks Week in Quips for Feb 15

February 15 2013 09:26AM

A tough end for Manny Malhotra, if it is indeed the end. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Afternoon Headshots: February 14th

Thomas Drance
February 14 2013 04:07PM

The Japandroids sport Canucks gear during a live show.

So over at, they've reached "phase II" on project NU2 which aims to replace U2's "Where the Streets have no Name" which the Canucks have used as entrance music since as far back as I can remember, with another track by one of six artists. There is only one right call and it's the Japandroids and their song "House that Heaven Built." This isn't even close, guys, the other songs are legitimately not good and the Japandroids track is perfect as a new entry song. First of all the band themselves root for the team, secondly, the lyrics are about defiance and maintaining a sense of yourself in spite of pressure and thirdly there's a catchy bit that everyone can sing in unison as the team skates onto the ice. Please go vote Japandroids (and not Nickleback). []

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Mike Gillis on the Team's Decision to Place Malhotra on the IR

Thomas Drance
February 14 2013 03:42PM

Following today's announcement that veteran Canucks centreman Manny Malhotra was going to be placed on Injured Reserve for the balance of the season, Mike Gillis addressed the situation with the media. The way Mike Gillis' comments leaked out slowly on Twitter from the mainstream Vancouver media was, I think, a little bit confusing. I don't blame Vancouver's sports reporters on this, because the point Mike Gillis was making was very nuanced. It dealt with quality of life issues, adaptability and risk management, and issues as complex as those don't really translate well to 140 character snippets.

To put it as briefly as I can from listening to the audio on the Team 1040, Mike Gillis made a judgement call. After wrestling with this decision for nearly a year (at least) Vancouver's General Manager ultimately decided that Malhotra's lack of vision put him at risk on the ice at the NHL level. It was a risk that Mike Gillis " wasn't prepared to live with," in his own words.

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