February 07 2013 11:09AM
What are the Canucks going to do with their forward lines when Ryan Kesler and David Booth are both ready to return from the injured reserve? The Canucks haven’t been lighting the league on fire offensively, but not many expected them to without two of their best possession players.
Assuming Kesler and Booth are both back within the next week to 10 days (and that seems like a safe assumption based on what we've heard), how will Alain Vigneault put his lines together?
Well, he will have some options. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
February 07 2013 09:51AM
Chin up boys, you three are the Canucks' best best at having a player crack Team Canada's 2014 Olympic roster.
In 365 days, or precisely a year from now, the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will begin. Presumably the gold medal game will take place on the final day of the games, on February 23rd.
For Canadian hockey fans, that'll mean giving the old PVR a workout and or, staying up until 4 AM to watch top-flight hockey (totally worth it). It also means that we'll be endlessly arguing over who should make it onto Team Canada's roster for the next ten months. To kick that discussion off, let's take a Canucks-centric look at which of Vancouver's skaters have an outside shot at possibly cracking the roster and representing Canada in Sochi. Read on past the jump.
February 06 2013 05:34PM
Luongo Tebowing after shootout wins is the only good thing about shootouts.
Brad Ziemer talks to Canucks skaters about adjusting to life on the road without their old roommates (the newly agreed upon CBA stipulates that players get their own rooms unless they're on an entry-level deal). Come for the cute stories, stay for the Kevin Bieksa/Ryan Kesler Burt and Ernie photoshop. [The Vancouver Sun]
Tony Gallagher talks about the importance of having Ryan Kesler return only when he's in full health, and is physically able to be the player that he was in 2011. Obviously Tony is completely right, but let's not buy in whole hog on the "Ryan Kesler in 2012 was chopped liver" narrative. Kesler was still one of the games better two-way players, even towards the end of the season when he was rather clearly inhibited by an injured shoulder. [The Province]
February 05 2013 04:01PM
Chris Tanev is razzed by his teammates while trying to give an interview following his OT winner on Monday night.
Over at the White Towel, Tony Gallagher winds up for today's "Hat Trick" blogumn and makes a really cogent point about how - contrary to popular belief - Cory Schneider's interests align with Mike Gillis' on the Luongo trade front. [the White Towel]
VanCityBuzz says they've got confirmation from the Vancouver Canucks that the team will sport Millionaires throwbacks on March 16th in a Hockey Night in Canada game against the Detroit Red Wings. Worth noting that the March 16th game is also the contest at which radio personality Blake Price is convinced the team will finally retire Pavel Bure's number. [VanCityBuzz]
February 05 2013 01:36PM
Photo Credit: Vancouver Canucks Facebook page
I'm not ashamed to admit that when Chris Tanev scored the overtime winner against the Edmonton what's-its last night, I cheered a little bit. It's not something I do often, as writing about a handful of teams and watching all 30 teams regularly hinders having a rooting interest in any one team (Editors note: if we're being honest, even before he was being paid for words about hockey, Cam has always regarded goals as just another Corsi event for). I do have a soft spot for certain players, some on my fantasy team and some because I love a good underdog. In some cases, these Venn circles overlap and you have a player like Jamie Benn or Cory Conacher.
In other cases, the underdog player has no fantasy hockey value, and that would be a guy like Chris Tanev.