Rypien's Memory Continues to Resonate With, and Inspire Hockey Fans

Thomas Drance
August 15 2012 01:06PM

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A year ago today, former pint-sized Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien, who had spent much of his adult life battling mental illness, was found dead in his Alberta home. While he wasn't an offensive star by any means, Rypien was the best pound-for-pound fighter I've ever seen in the NHL, and he wasn't a one-dimensional thug either, he could legitimately play. His skill set and on-ice personality endeared him to Canucks fans, who have felt his loss deeply over the past twelve months.

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Prospect Profile: #13 Billy Sweatt

Patrick Johnston
August 15 2012 12:33PM

Speed kills. In a high-tempo puck possession system, like the one the Canucks employ, having top end speed means everything. It means you will be first to the puck, and that you can pull away from defenders.

One thing stands out from any discussion about Billy Sweatt’s skill set: his speed.

Since even before he was drafted, his willingness to compete and the pace at which he’s played the game have stood out for scouts, coaches and fans alike. As a freshman at Colorado College, Sweatt quickly became a key player, and his production down the stretch spoke to his effectiveness: 15 points in the final 17 games of the ‘06-’07 season.

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Winners and losers in the NHL CBA negotiations

Graphic Comments
August 14 2012 03:43PM

Winners and losers

We don't yet know who will come out on top in the ongoing battle between the billionaires and the millionaires, and undoubtedly there will be winners and losers on both sides. But I'm pretty sure I know who the biggest losers will be.

Today marks the next milestone in the "negotiations" as Donald Fehr and the NHLPA outline their "alternative view" on the NHL's internal economic system. I'm sure that will go over well.

So to prepare you for the inevitable onslaught of analysis and reaction to today's developments, here's a double dose of Graphic Comments on the topic...

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Sedins likely to sit year out in the event of a lockout

Thomas Drance
August 14 2012 10:40AM

To the disappointment of Örnsköldsvik hockey fans and presumably Modo General Manager and former Canucks captain Markus Naslund, the Sedin twins have decided that they probably won't play in the SEL next season in the event of a lockout.

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Prospect Profile: #14 Patrick McNally

Jeff Angus
August 14 2012 07:42AM

The Canucks used their first pick in the 2010 NHL Draft (115th overall) on American defenseman Patrick McNally. The selection was a bit of a curious one, as McNally still had a year of prep school to play before even joining the college ranks (he had committed to the Harvard Crimson for the fall of 2011). It's accurate to say that McNally was selected as a longer term "project." 

McNally’s freshman season for Harvard was a rousing success. He established himself as one of the best offensive defensemen in the country, and was a big part of a dominant Crimson power play. McNally’s defensive game is still a work-in-progress, but he is learning to make better decisions with and without the puck.

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