August 18 2011 02:30PM
When it comes to goaltenders, the Canucks are stacked. The organization boasts Roberto Luongo - signed through the rest of this century, Cory Schneider - a bluechip young NHLer, and Eddie Lack - perhaps the best goalie in the AHL. So when Mike Gillis used his second draft pick at the 2010-11 NHL Draft to select 6,3 Czech netminder David Honzik, some fans were confused.
Last season, David Honzik was a QMJHL rookie with the Victoriaville Tigers. He struggled mightily with the transition and put up subar regular season stats. By seasons end, however, he'd won the starting job from veteran goaltender Antonio Masopietro and posted spectacular numbers in the QMJHL playoffs.
August 18 2011 02:12PM
"Dude, have you tried that blue meth that Heisenberg cooked up?! IT'S SO AWESOME!"
"Um, Roberto. You need to calm the hell down immediately, before you allow 8 goals against Boston."
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick, NHLI Via Getty Images Files)
Canucks Army continues a series where we look at the depth at each position for the Vancouver Canucks.
In our fourth installment of our series, we look at the Canucks depth at GOALTENDING.
The city of Vancouver and the Canucks hockey club has been a goalie graveyard for most of the 40 years that the Canucks have been in the NHL. However, since they acquired Roberto Luongo in a summer blockuster trade in 2006, the Canucks have had a legitimate #1 goaltender and have since grown and developed their depth players. Now the Canucks have a very enviable tandem in net and improving depth in the minors.
August 18 2011 12:38PM
The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.
In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.
August 18 2011 12:18PM
Thanks to @bieksler for this touching and awesome Rick Rypien .gif.
Joining us on today's podcast is Richard Loat (@mozy19 on twitter). We talked Rypien and the word tradgedy got thrown around a lot... We discussed the Canucks wreteched luck over the past couple of seasons, we talked about Richard's FiveHoleForFood endeavors, and this years cross-country trip. Towards the end of the podcast, we even talked hockey for a bit!
August 18 2011 10:12AM
Editors Note: Jonatan Lindquist is a Swedish sports journalist working at Allehanda.se, an Ornskoldsvik based media site. He caught up with both Henrik and Daniel Sedin a few weeks ago, and provided us with an English translation of his interview with Henrik. I've made some minor formatting changes, and cleaned up the translation here and there, but the tweaks were minor. We're pleased to host his work here, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in the future:
The Canucks recordbreaking season in 2010/11 ended in disappointment for Henrik Sedin. Losing in the finals brought back twelve year old memories: “it’s like the finals in 1999 with Modo. They will always stay with you, until you win yourself,” says Henrik Sedin.
The similarity is striking. After a recordbreaking regular season the team advances all the way to the final. What seemed to be a sure victory ended with a loss. “You don’t think about it all the time, but when you watch a Stanley Cup- or SEL-final you look back on the chance you had. The loss stays somewhere in the back of your head. It pops up when you watch teams win finals, the memories comes back and they always will until you win something yourself.”