February 09 2013 01:04PM
Roberto Luongo has a sad. Cory Schneider gets the nod again, tonight.
Remember when there was mass panic following a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on January 28th? Sure the Canucks were 2-2-2, but more important they had failed to play a well-rounded 60 minute game. It's safe to say that things have changed a little bit since then.
The Canucks have won 4 games in a row, and are set to add much-needed reinforcements in the form of David Booth and Ryan Kesler in the coming days. As if there isn't already enough reason for excitement, let me give you one more: they're hosting the Calgary Flames in the third of 3 Hockey Day in Canada games today.
Read Past the Jump for More on the Game.
February 08 2013 07:00PM
Laughing forever at Zack Parise's decision to spend his prime playing for a Wild team three years away from contention.
Photo Credit: Carlos Gonzalez.
Rob the Hockey Guy, or RTHG as he prefers to be called of late, wonders if all hell would break loose were Luongo to refuse to waive his no trade clause (so he could spend at least this season with a contender). Interesting angle, but I'm not sure I see it. [Rob the Hockey Guy]
For the "Draft Moar Vancouver Giants" sea-to-sky boner crowd, Iain Macintyre breaks down the Canucks' revitalized efforts scouting Western Canada for homegrown, BC born talent. Yawn. Mike Gillis has been talking about drafting British Columbian players since he first arrived as Genearal Manager, and it hasn't really happened. This is because the Canucks wisely prefer to pick the player they believe is the "best available" remaining on the board. It hasn't always worked out for the current Canucks management team, but drafting based on a sense of regionalism isn't the answer. [The Vancouver Sun]
More links and other fun stuff after the jump.
February 08 2013 03:32PM
Going somewhere, Jordan?
Before the season, I wrote about how it was time for Jordan Schroeder to get his chance. Over the course of the past two seasons, he’d proved himself to be a solid two-way performer in Chicago and I figured it was time to test him at a higher level.
He’s been getting plenty of press lately and with Schroeder continuing his strong play in his hometown on Thursday night, it all fit into a lovely narrative. But histrionic gushing aside, we shouldn't let any of that obscure the fact that on the whole, he’s made the transition well and looks like he belongs at the NHL level (though he still needs to be more productive offensively).
One other thing is equally clear, though: he’s no Ryan Kesler. More on the Canucks’ two American centres after the jump.
February 08 2013 12:55PM
I'd be throwing high fives if I made it on this podcast, too.
Are you ready for some shap, you brus and bruzinas?
In this week's edition of the podcast we look into the recent comments made by Cory Schneider's agent. You may also find this controversial, but we discuss whether dealing the team's
starter back-up starter/back-up might actually make sense. Plus, we chat about the team's style of play, and of course, finish the show with some love for Chris Tanev.
Click Past the Jump to Listen to the Podcast.
February 08 2013 12:19PM
During the 2011-12 hockey season Craig MacTavish - the former Edmonton Oilers player and coach, and current Oilers front office executive - coached the Chicago Wolves who are the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate. He was modestly successful and the Wolves racked up wins during the regular season before falling short in the first round of the playoffs against Jakub Markstrom and the San Antonio Rampage.
On Thursday, Craig MacTavish appeared with radio host Bob Stauffer on "OilersNow" and in a portion of the interview discussed and critiqued Mike Gillis' "progressive" management style.
Read on past the jump.