Wolves season preview: Interview with Chicago hockey writer Paul Latour

Patrick Johnston
October 13 2012 05:25PM

Is it really that funny, Eddie? (Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

The AHL kicks off this weekend, and the rosters league wide are swollen by a surplus of talent thanks to the NHL lockout. For the Chicago Wolves, their lineup has been bolstered by the likes of Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev, two players who were penciled in as regulars in the Canucks' lineup. Players on the cusp of 'making it,' like Jordan Schroeder, Eddie Lack and Kevin Connauton are also in Chicago, making for an intriguing fall season for the Chicago Wolves.

All five players are keen to make an impression on their bosses, wanting to show that they don't need any more seasoning and that their NHL-time is now.

To set up tonight's season opener for the Wolves, Paul LaTour joins us to share his thoughts. LaTour covers the Wolves for the Chicago Tribune and has as good a feel for the Allstate Arena-based squad as anyone in the Chicagoland area.

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Game Day Preview: Game #2 Oilers @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
October 13 2012 02:31PM

In an ideal world, Canucks fans would be spending this afternoon excited about the team's home opener against the upstart (but realistically still moribund) squad known as the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's game would've marked Nail Yakupov's NHL debut, and Canucks fans surely would have cheered deliriously every time a Canucks forward dumped the puck into Justin Schultz's corner and lined him up for a big hit. Also, it would've been hilarious to hear the Rogers Arena faithful chant "Seatt-le! Seatt-le" all game long.

Instead, of course, there's no NHL hockey tonight. But all is not lost, there's plenty of other things that might occupy your time this Saturday evening! Let's explore some options after the jump.

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Alternative Reality: The $20 Million Man?

Jeff Angus
October 13 2012 10:59AM

What would have happened if Mats Sundin had agreed to the original two-year, $20 million contract offer from Mike Gillis and the Canucks back in July of 2008? A lot, apparently....

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Headshots October 12th

Jeff Angus
October 12 2012 07:12PM

Dale Weise is getting in the Halloween spirit a bit early...

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, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause that you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com

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Stuck in a Bad Sequel

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.

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