How "The Great Dane" can get out of the Doghouse

Jeff Paterson
February 06 2012 12:58PM

Where has Hansen's gumption gone?

Alain Vigneault made a decision Saturday in Denver. Now it’s Jannik Hansen’s turn to make a decision of his own.

In the Canucks 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche, Vigneault gave Hansen a season-low 8:04 of ice time. It wasn’t just a season low, but a substantial 2:49 lower than the previous low (10:53 on December 1st vs Nashville). The Danish winger hasn't seen as little of the ice since he played a total of 3:58 in Columbus on February 12, 2010 – the night of the Olympic opening ceremonies nearly two years ago.

So it has been a while since Hansen sat and watched as much hockey from ice level as he did at the Pepsi Center this weekend. He’s a different – and more valuable -- player now than he was back then, but Saturday’s move by the coach had better get Hansen’s attention.

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Anthony Stewart, Andrew Murray and Zach Hamill on Waivers Today

Jonathan Willis
February 06 2012 11:27AM

As per Bob McKenzie, a trio of players with NHL experience are on the waiver wire today. Are any of them particularly interesting?

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The Shea Weber Test

Thomas Drance
February 06 2012 11:15AM

Tomorrow the Canucks will face-off against the Predators, but today they'll take the day-off in Music City, Tennessee. With the trade deadline exactly three weeks away, there is no more desirable target for Canucks fans than Olympic Gold Medalist, Norris frontrunner and B.C. native Shea Weber - who currently dominates from the back-end for Hockey's version of the The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The probability of the Canucks ever acquiring Shea Weber is remote, but while it's within the realm of loose-feasibility over the next year and a half, there's absolutely zero chance of it happening this month.  

Of course, the fact that Shea Weber definitely won't be a Canuck this season, will do nothing to stop folks who covers the team from writing about that possibility over the next forty-eight hours. If you like closing your eyes and fantasizing about the Sedins cycling to set up Weber point-blasts, the next two days are custom made for you! But I'm not interested in discussing Shea Weber's imminent arrival in Vancouver as a realistic, or even far-fetched possibility; I'm interested in discussing it in the abstract. More after the jump.

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Wolves Half-Season Review - Defencemen

Patrick Johnston
February 06 2012 08:36AM

Yann Sauve was actually the first recall by the Canucks, way back at the end of training camp.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

At the top of the list of things that have started to go right for the Wolves this season, is the team's defense-corps. Somewhat maligned to start the season, the top 5 has solidified and there's decent competition for the 6th spot. After the jump, I'll take a look at the progress, and performances along the Chicago Wolves blue-line so far this season:

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The Good, The Bad and The Trash Talking

Marda Miller
February 05 2012 09:44AM

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. Will the Canucks really trade Schneider? Did Boston actually lose all four games to Carolina? Are clocks conspiring against the NHL or just Columbus? Hockey – it can make time stop.

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