May 11 2012 11:44AM
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, I marvel at the embarrassment of US Hockey and Ron MacLean, while I extend the contracts of Deadspin and bountiful courage of Jason Botchford.
May 10 2012 02:59PM
Ilya Brygalov and Dave Coulier - separated at birth.
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. The Flyers and Predators are the latest playoff casualties and off season surgeries have begun. Ah the smell of summer is in the air.
May 10 2012 12:33PM
This picture marks the only time in recorded history that Mike Gillis has appeared droll.
Following the Cody Hodgson trade this past February, and the recent news that Ryan Kesler went under the knife again this week (and will need "four to six months" for rehabilitation) Jordan Schroeder has essentially found a golden ticket to the big leagues in his offseason chocolate bar.
Kesler's injury opens up a gaping hole at pivot in the top-six, and while Maxim Lapierre finished the season as the club's fourth winger, there is no one in the organization as well suited to assume Kesler's position in the short-term, as the Canucks hope Jordan Schroeder is. Jordan Schroeder impressed when I watched him this past season, and by the numbers improved in every facet of the game, but will he really be ready to fill in for Ryan Kesler in a prescribed role this October?
We'll take a closer look after the jump.
May 09 2012 03:04PM
A little over a year and a half ago the Nation Network added NHLnumbers.com - a leading salary reference site online - into the fold. Since then the team has been hard at work rebuilding the site, retooling the machinery that powers things behind the scenes and are now ready to go forward with the second stage of the plan.
It's slow going to be sure - but we are gradually making headway in what we consider to be one of the most important jobs in building the Nation Network: contributing to the community of stats folks and giving them new tools and new resources to continue building an important part of following the NHL in the year 2012.
May 09 2012 11:28AM
In the first part of this series, I listed my top five prospects in the organization. The depth in goal is stronger than it has been at any point in franchise history (my number one and number five prospects are both goaltenders – Eddie Lack, and Joe Cannata, respectively), and there are some intriguing names at both defense and forward. How does the Canucks prospect group stack up heading in to the offseason? In the final installment of this two-part series, I’ll reveal the second half of my list.