October 12 2012 03:23PM
As far as sports months go, it doesn't get any better than October. We have one sport entering its second season (baseball), another just hitting its stride (football), and two more getting off the ground (basketball and hockey). It's that glorious and rare time of year when fans of all major sports are united by an unspoken, unanimous glee.
As hockey fans, we can all probably agree that above all else, the newly-fallen leaves and the crispness in the air as we approach mid-October conjures up one thought: NHL hockey is back. But as my hunger for hockey usually approaches its peak right around now, so does my desire to dust off my favourite horror films, turn off my brain, and watch a few dumb teenagers reach an untimely but appropriately Darwinian end. It's just what I do in October. This year, however, the line between my two favourite traditions is becoming less defined every day.
October 12 2012 02:06PM
Jason Garrison and Alex Edler (pictured here with their teammates at the BC Lions game earlier this week) aren't locked out.
They're injured instead.
Defensemen who play for the Vancouver Canucks have traditionally gotten injured at such a rapid rate, that the team's fans have come to believe that the position is cursed. In fairness, this perception may be amplified by the fact that the Canucks employed Sami Salo for most of the past decade. Still, every season it seems, at the worst possible moment, the Canucks' defensive-corps will suffer a critical injury (or two, or three).
In 2010 for example, Willie Mitchell was already out with a concussion and Sami Salo was playing through a testicle injury after being struck in the nether regions by a puck a couple of games previous, when Alex Edler got injured in the first period of an elimination game. The Canucks lost.
In 2011, the club was well poised to win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, then critical contributor Dan Hamhuis threw an ill-advised hip-check at an offside Milan Lucic in game 1, hurt his groin, and was unable to return in the series. The Canucks lost in seven - in case you forgot.
On Friday afternoon, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis joined the Team 1040 mid-day show with Blake "happy endings" Price and Matt Sekeres and revealed that the lockout has done nothing to dent the curse. Read past the jump for more.
October 12 2012 08:57AM
Recently, I sang the praises of General Manager Mike Gillis, breaking down the top 10 moves of his tenure with the Canucks. It hasn't been all roses, though. As could be expected, there have been a handful of moves along the way that haven't exactly panned out the way he would have hoped.
What you'll quickly notice is that this list provides us with some perspective on how good of a job he has done in the past five years. For the sake of completeness, the list includes 10 blunders. Just know that if the first couple of them are being singled out as mistakes, then that means he has probably done his job effectively.
Click Past the Jump to Read More.
October 11 2012 07:29PM
Nail Yakupov's goal and assist were not enough as Slovan downs Neftekhimik.
October 11 2012 04:11PM
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