September 30 2011 06:47PM
While his teammates have trained all month in preparation for the season - Ryan Kesler, fresh off of hip-labrum surgery - has spent his time recovering, Keslurking himself, improving his twitter skills and having a nice time. It's actually been a pretty hilarious month for the Canucks ace-in-the-hole two-way dynamo, from agreeing to pose naked for ESPN's "The Body Issue" (how ironic is that name, I can't get over it) to challenging a Berserker to a Twitter duel, Kesler has been a god-send for hockey bloggers everywhere.
Recently, he's been about town and everyone on my facebook seems to have a Kesler picture, accompanied by an amusing story. Consider my friend Lindsay who attended the Kyprios concert at Joe's Apartment on Granville Street yesterday, where Kesler appeared on stage with the rapper (see the image above, courtesy @smash11).
September 30 2011 11:24AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week's entry features lots of talk of boobs and bodies and nakedness.
September 30 2011 09:27AM
Confused as to why Aaron Rome gets so many minutes? Check your spread-sheet.
In the summer of 2010, Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks had a big decision to make. After finishing tied for 11th in the National Hockey League in goals against, the Canucks needed to find away to improve that aspect of their game. While they had strong defenders in Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa, along with an eventual Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler up front, what the team lacked defensively was the difference between being a "good" team and a "great" team.
September 30 2011 01:00AM
Photo Credit: Robert Galbraith, REUTERS
The Canucks dressed their third line, their third pairing, Cody Hodgson, Mikael Samuelsson and a bunch of empty sweaters on Thursday evening against the majority of the San Jose Sharks opening night line-up. Predictably they were trounced and shut-out by a score of 3-0. Pavelski, Boyle and McGinn tallied for San Jose and Thomas Greiss made twenty-five saves for the shutout.
The game was reasonably entertaining I thought - except for when three fights, two of them staged fights directly off of consecutive face-offs - decimated the game's pace. At issue - Keith Ballard's totally clean hip-checks, which, the Sharks took objection too in the playoffs last season, and continue to be irrationally annoyed by. It's worth noting that - if anything - Ballard's desire to throw submarining hip-checks increased in the third period, so San Jose's efforts to deter that type of hit were a total waste.
September 29 2011 02:13PM
As part of the expansion of our coverage of all things Canuck for the 2011-12 season - we are going to be checking in with the Chicago Wolves at least once a week. To kick things off, this week the Army spoke with Jason Shaver, who since 2008 has been the play-by-play commentator of the Chicago Wolves. From a family of hockey broadcasters, and a former college player, the Minnesotan clearly knows his stuff and seemed an ideal candidate to help us kick off our 2011-12 Chicago Wolves coverage by giving us some insight into the Wolves as an organization.