Vigneault's Franchise Mark In Context

Thomas Drance
November 24 2011 11:27AM

With last night's shutout road win over the Colorado Avalanche, Canucks head-coach Alain Vigneault moved into sole possession of the franchise's all-time head-coaching wins mark. But what does Vigneault's team record mean in the context of Canucks history, and where does he rank in the pantheon of the "best" all time Vancouver Canucks coaches?

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Should Gillis Always Draft One Goaltender?

Jeff Angus
November 24 2011 08:54AM

Joe Cannata is having a stellar season in the NCAA, but was he a good value pick at 179th overall?

Mike Gillis has made it a point to draft one goaltender each year since taking over the Canucks back in 2008. With so many late-blooming goaltenders making an impact at the NHL level in recent years (Niklas Backstrom, Antti Niemi, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Jonas Hiller, most notably), the question needs to be asked: is it worth using a draft pick on a goalie? The Canucks signed their top goaltending prospect, Eddie Lack, after he was passed over a few times at the draft. Projecting how a 17 or 18 year old goaltender will look at the NHL level in a few years is much harder than doing the same with a forward or defenseman.

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Schneider Pitches Shutout in Denver: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 24 2011 12:37AM

Cory Schneider Robs You.

Though it was a snoozer in Denver this evening, the Canucks got on track with their even-strength defense, and largely controlled play for sixty minutes. The victory was Alain Vigneault's 247th as the team's head-coach, making him the franchise's all-time wins leader. While the Canucks required a few moments of pure brilliance from Cory Schneider to get it done, they turned in a tidy effort to earn their coach that franchise mark.

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At The Quarter Pole

Cam Davie
November 23 2011 01:19PM

Lappy and Higgy have reason to smile. They've been two of the best Canucks this year.
This is also a reminder that hockey nicknames are bloody terrible.
(Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The Canucks have stumbled and bumbled their way through an inconsistent start to the 2011-12 season.

So how did they really, and how did my predictions for the first quarter of the season hold up?

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Game #21 Preview: Snowball Effect

Cam Davie
November 23 2011 10:20AM

Most of these guys won't be playing in tonight's game.
I'm not sure why I chose this picture. Hm. Strange.
(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #21 - Canucks @ Avalanche

The Canucks travel to the Mile High City for their first meeting with the Avalanche this season.

The Avs are reeling a bit right now, having lost 3 of their last 4, while the Canucks struggle to find some consistency, as they've alternated wins and losses for the past four games.

All the while, the Canucks have to deal with a potential shakeup in the roster.

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