October 03 2013 02:12PM
image via sharks.nhl.com
Some time ago, in April (was it April? The first round of the playoffs is usually in April. Maybe it was May?) the Vancouver Canucks were swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by an underdog team known as the San Jose Sharks.
Since then, the Canucks have made significant changes, including ditching the old coach, hiring a new one, and shaking up the bottom six (a figurative shake-up, like when you've left orange juice in the fridge too long and all the pulp seeps down to the bottle of the pitcher. You shake it to even out the pulp but it doesn't really change the overall composition of the components of the pitcher) and sacrificing a bull to Apollo, the Greek God of healing and medicine, in hopes that the top six will stay healthy throughout the season.
The Sharks, meanwhile, ditched the shoulder yokes and tail stripes on their jerseys, as pictured above. Aesthetically, they'll look more different than the Canucks.
October 02 2013 03:32PM
Ok, NHL, it's time we had the talk.
No, not THAT talk, although it is about clearing up some myths about protection.
No, it's time we had a talk about the role of fighting and violence in hockey. As in, why is there one?
October 02 2013 11:46AM
The Canucks' third-line centre spot is notably bare. As Thom noted on Twitter, there are a lot of players that fit the third-line centre role very well in expiring deals. While I haven't checked to see exactly who these players are, a couple of names that come to mind are Jay McClement and Tom Pyatt, reasonable players that could fit a third-line role effectively.
This is all in sort of this attempt to recreate the Manny Malhotra Ideal. Malhotra had an excellent 2011 season and the only time Mike Gillis has made a move at the deadline is to upgrade his team's primary defensive centreman, in 2012 with Samme Pahlsson and again in 2013 with Derek Roy.
I think there's a misconception as to what Malhotra did in 2011.
October 01 2013 10:55AM
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October 01 2013 10:04AM
Our forward preview went up a little earlier Monday, as we struggle as bloggers to get a sense of what the team is doing, with who, and why. It will take about three or four games for us to really get a sense of the kind of systems and means of lineup deployment that the Vancouver Canucks are running with, but we can provide moderately educated guesses.
Below lies an exhaustive look at the defence and potential combinations, the top six being a holdover from the previous season, you wouldn't expect much to change, but then the Canucks went out and brought in the coach with the most radical defensive deployment in the National Hockey League.