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Some Words on the Shapocalypse

Fifteen months ago, I gave the "#shapcrew" the mic at this blog, as @Mariomontega and @Vitamin_v12 – the original purveyors of shap – wrote a mission statement of sorts, explaining why Vancouver Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault is a milt. Since then, shap has gone mainstream and the #shapcrew has expanded. At this point at least 30…

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

We’re now in the thick of the holiday season and there’s no NHL hockey, but there’s still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

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The bitter pill of NHL fandom

(Photo: Dave Chidley/Canadian Press) Here we are, angry again. We just want hockey back. We don’t want to hear any more about revenue splits, or term lengths, or bargaining rights, or… The list goes on, right? The media lights up at the slighest hint of an agreement; some of us get wound up by the…

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KHL: Goal of the Year Candidate

Not gonna lie to you – not a lot of huge names in these games. There. I was straight up. But there are some great highlights, including one goal I’d put in the conversation for goal of the year in the Ak Bars vs. Neftekhimik game. Enjoy!

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KHL: Grabo’s OT Heroics

Mikhail Grabovski scores a nice OT-winner, some wicked saves between Dynamo Moscow and Slovan, and more! If you have to watch just ONE game, watch SKA-Red Army. Great game. Enjoy!

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2012: A Vancouver Canucks Year in Review

Even with a second straight Presidents’ Trophy, 2012 was largely a year of disappointment for the Vancouver Canucks. The team lost in convincing fashion to the surging Los Angeles Kings in Round 1 of the playoffs, and the intensity and effort that carried Vancouver to the 2011 Cup Final was largely nonexistent in 2011-12. There…

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EARLY RETURNS: RNH DOMINATES

While it’s probably prudent to curb ones enthusiasm, given Team Canada’s opening game at the World Junior Championship in Russia amounted to little more than a controlled scrimmage against an overmatched opponent, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 9-3 waltz over Germany today.

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Merry Christmas!

    May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you’re a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else’s good time (looking at you, Bettman).