Cold War Echo

  (pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)   (Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy) If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are…


Game #34 Preview: Spikebelt!

Manny scores a shorty against Jimmy Howard. Foreshadowing… (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) Game Day Recon: Game #34 – Red Wings @ Canucks The Vancouver Canucks are playing like a red-hot team right now. The problem with tonight is that they are playing a team that’s red-hot right now. Red Wings/Canucks games are…

Weak Goaltending and the World Juniors Go Hand-in-Hand

The last several years have seen strong Canadian entries at the World Juniors. When it comes to the talent of their forwards and defensemen, Team Canada has access to riches unparalleled in any other country in the world. The situation is a little different in net, where the uncertain tandem of Mark Visentin and Scott…

Sedins punch “4-0” into their calculators, recap and chance data

Going into this game, some lazy analysts may look at the standings, say “hey, Minnesota has won 20 games and lead the division” and labelled the Wild one of the best teams in hockey. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as the team’s record is an absolute house of cards, with goaltender Niklas Backstrom’s…


Rising Action: Glenn Healy is crazy!

Look, Dion’s chasing someone else too! (Pawel Dwulit – Canadian Press) Things are on the move here at the army. Today we launch a new column, "Rising Action", where CA contributor Patrick Johnston takes aim at the hockey media, both through a Canucks lens and with a view to the league as a whole…read on! Saturday’s Canucks…



  Lots of WJC talk this week on NationRadio with the annual tournament right around the corner. Among the other topics this week is Magnus Paajarvi being sent from the Oilers to their AHL affiliate, the 2011-12 Boston Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and OKC Barons. This is NationRadio.


Sedins lead Canucks to win in T.O., recap and chance data

(It wasn’t quite this, but it was something) After losing two games to the lowest-ranked teams in each respective conference, the Vancouver Canucks faced a team that they’ve had a bit of recent dominance against in the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming off a close loss to the Buffalo Sabres a night prior. The Canucks got…


Game #32 Preview: Maple Leaf Raggamuffins

Last year’s affair at Air Canada Centre was a bizarre one. I think the Canucks would rather just demolish the Leafs old fashioned-like this time around. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images) Game Day Recon: Game #32 – Canucks @ Maple Leafs The Vancouver Canucks lost consecutive games to the worst teams in either conference….


The Mark Messier era: Why were the ’98 Canucks so horrible?

All this news has popped up about the Vancouver Canucks apparently owing money to Mark Messier. I’d rather not get into the legal ramifications, because I’m no lawyer, but instead I’d like to ask… why weren’t the Canucks, such a good team in 1997-98 on paper, such a bad hockey team in the end?

The Problem With Mike Milbury

Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team. How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That…


Cheers and Jeers – Dec 16

The Good and the Bad of this past week. It’s Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers. This week, I praise AND cut down a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, show some love to a good BC kid and a Russian bizzaronaut, and bodyslam the G…


Wolf Prowl – December 16th, 2011

Darren Haydar picked up his 700th career point this week The Wolves re-found their scoring touch over the past week but the goalies still had to be spectacular. It’s the same refrain: if the Wolves score, they tend to win, even if they are struggling in their own end. If they could ever sort things out…