Anson Carter and the Vancouver Canucks' covenant

Cam Charron
October 02 2012 06:43AM

Something this blog has yet to ever have, a genuine reflection of Anson Carter. Sure, there have been mentions, but there's a point to be made about Carter being the legitimate difference between the Dave Nonis and Mike Gillis iterations of the Vancouver Canucks organization.

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Headshots October 1st

Thomas Drance
October 01 2012 02:52PM

Cliff Ronning (along with Jeff Brown and Jyrki Lumme) was my favorite player growing up.
It's also his birthday today. Happy 42nd birthday Cliff!

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you're written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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On the PR Front: Hamhuis, Bieksa and the NHLPA are Schooling the Owners

Thomas Drance
October 01 2012 11:48AM

Photo Credit: Steve Bosch, PNG, Vancouver Sun

Most close observers tend to agree that "Public Relations" won't matter much in shaping the outcome of a new CBA, and they're probably right. But for a gate driven business in the midst of a public negotiation, the public relations angle isn't meaningless. The current lockout is a three dimensional game of chess and every little bit of leverage matters, especially because the owners possess a large structural advantage (since they control a Monopoly on elite-level professional hockey in North America).

To that end, over the past week Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis - the Vancouver Canucks' ace shut-down pairing - have been on a subtle media blitz. In contrast with Daryl Katz's Seattle feint (which was bungled messily by the reactive @NHL_Oilers Twitter account), and Jimmy Develano's mishandling of facebook (and his series of stupid public comments that led to his $250,000 fine); what Bieksa and Hamhuis have managed to do over the past ten days has been doubly impressive.

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The Best of the Nation – 9.30.12

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2012 10:42AM

Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it's own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL'er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier's return to the NHL, and more after the jump.

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Don't Be Hitting The Panic Button, Just Yet

Dimitri Filipovic
September 29 2012 01:00PM


There are legitimate reasons for concern in life. Thus far in life I have been exceptionally fortunate with health, and all the other things that sports ultimately take a backseat to. Currently my biggest concerns are the state of my fantasy football team, the ongoing developments in the NHL lockout, and what I'm having for lunch - in no particular order.

One thing that neither you nor I should be worried about though, is the 0-3 start to the season for the Vancouver Giants. At least not quite just yet. Despite what their record indicates, they have given us reasons to be optimistic about the future.

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