Embrace the Hate

Thomas Drance
November 16 2011 09:42AM

This summer was an emotional and difficult one for the Canucks and their fans. The loss of the Stanley Cup and the embarrassment of the Game7 Riot were bad enough, but the untimely passing of former Canucks forwards Rick Rypien and Pavel Demitra was way harder. In response to the worst summer in recent memory for the team, the Canucks have come up with a theme for this season, and are celebrating the contributions of "local heroes" with  the Heart of a Canuck campaign. But for Canucks fans who compulsively occupy the digital space on reddit or twitter, or live outside of Vancouver; the theme of this year is quite different. This season's theme is all about redemption, it's about changing the approach, and learning to "Embrace the Hate."

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Why Alain Vigneault is a Milt

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 09:09PM

Editors note: You may have noticed a strange group of Canucks fans on twitter who seem to use a foreign language while staying hyper-current about Canucks news. Sure most of the made-up words they use have deliriously filthy meanings according to the urbandictionary.com, but regardless, their schtick is funny and pervasive. They're known as the #shap crew, or the #shap bandits, and their strange lingo has been referenced by Dan Murphy during a Sportsnet broadcast, and has made it into the Vancouver Province as well. It's all very #shapocalytic (link very much NSFW). As I often defend the Canucks head-coach Alain Vigneault in this space, I figured I'd let the #shap bandits tell you why they disagree with me.

The Following is a Guest Post from the Shap Crew:

Recently, Alain Vigneault decided to start Roberto Luongo in 3 games in 4 nights. Today, we are hearing that Luongo is hurt and missed practice. Let's think about this for a moment...prior to these 3 games Luongo's play was typical of his career at this time of year, as he's been known as a slow starter. Granted, his form has been improving. The question is: What kind of coach plays his starter 3 games in 4 nights? Answer: Only a Milt.

What's a Milt? Well, if you really have to ask that question you're probably a Milt. A bit slow to laugh at a joke... your buddy's fiancé doesn't want you at their wedding... Milt. I digress...back to AV.

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Headshots November 15th

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 03:06PM

What do you mean my last two games weren't my best as a Canuck?

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 or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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November 11th Ducks 4 Canucks 3 Scoring Chances

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 12:47PM

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The Bruins Are the Worst, But It's Good for Hockey

Thomas Drance
November 15 2011 09:58AM

Another week, another controversial Boston Bruins hit. No one is surprised that a Boston Bruins player, in this case Milan Lucic, got away with a cheap-shot, that's how the story always seems to go. As far as I'm concerned, a goalie playing the puck outside the crease should be fair game, but that's not how it works in the rulebook, or in practice. 

Milan Lucic pretty clearly could've made an effort to avoid Ryan Miller, he didn't. Instead he drove through the hit and concussed one of the world's best goaltenders. I didn't think the hit was altogether that heinous, but I wouldn't have had an issue with the former Vancouver Giant being suspended for a game or two. After all, i thought the NHL was trying to do more to discourage exactly these types of unnecessary plays that can lead to concussions... 

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