Hockey media on the lockout: just whose side are they on?!

Patrick Johnston
September 11 2012 10:24AM

Slovakia vs. Russia - May 2012
These fans care. (Photo: Luciano Belviso/flickr creative commons)

The media’s coverage of the current NHL labour dispute has been, at best, cynical, frustrated but empathetic to fans. At worst, it's been pro-player . In 2004, most reporting focused on runaway salaries and the plight of weak teams. Then, though it may have been actually a lockout driven by a handful rich teams, the narrative was much more about building stability for the league; this time, it’s much clearer that the narrative matches the reality. Then, it was saving the game for weak taems (while ignoring the massive profits that would be predictably reaped by the top tier of clubs); now it's simply about protecting the bottom line.

The players being millionaires makes the whole thing hard to swallow. Millionaires versus billionaires, seriously who are you supposed to pick?

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Headshots September 10th

Thomas Drance
September 10 2012 03:01PM

Daniel Sedin practicing with his teammates today at UBC.
Barring a miracle, the whole operation gets shuttered on Saturday.
Photo Credit: David Ebner.

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 you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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The Canucks as Labour Warriors

Patrick Johnston
September 10 2012 01:10PM

Those were hard days for Trevor Linden and the NHLPA

Labour law has a long tradition in Canada, and it's no surprise that a game so interwoven with Canada's national identity is currently watching as its players seek to take advantage of the rights that have been afforded to them. Efforts in Quebec and Alberta may only delay the inevitable, but there's an intriguing local angle to sports labour law that is worth considering.

The Canucks players in 2005 tried to certify themselves as a unique union in the province of British Columbia. Ultimately they lost the case, and weren't permitted to certify, but the story is particularly relevant today given the announcement that Canadiens players will move to block a lockout in Quebec under the unique circumstances afforded them. More on that later.

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Strombabble: Luongo's Return Would be Inconvenient, but not a Disaster

Thomas Drance
September 10 2012 10:45AM

He's baaaack.

In early June, before the Canucks and Mike Gillis had re-signed Cory Schneider, there was a lot of uncertainty between the pipes in Vancouver. Uncertainty in the hockey world is a putrefying fruit bowl, it attracts idle chatter and speculative conjecture like fruit flies. So I decided I'd start a "Strombabble" series to discuss the twists and turns of the Luongo trade market, and parse through the available information leading up to the draft. Lo and behold: a third of a calender year later, I'm still writing them. 

This week, Luongo will do what was nearly unthinkable in late April: he'll return to Vancouver to temporarily re-join his Canucks teammates for a celebrity golf tournament this week. Per George Richards of the Miami Herald:

Will Luongo also meet with Canucks brass to discuss their current trade posture, and the Strombian one's possible future with a non-Panthers NHL club? We'll have to wait and see, but clearly Mike Gillis wasn't bluffing - though we guffawed about it at the time - when he spoke about retaining Luongo's services next season.

Read on past the jump.

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The Nations Partners with McKeen's

Kent Wilson
September 10 2012 10:22AM


So you may have noticed some McKeen's Hockey banners popping up here and there across the Nation. That's because the boys over at McKeen's are launching a new website and subscription service that will replace their excellent annual magazines.

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