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Taking A Closer Look at Nicklas Jensen’s Production

In the past few weeks, Jeff Angus has done an admirable job of revisiting the Canucks prospect rankings which we published all the way back in the summer. The importance of sample size cannot be overstated – especially with young players, who are notoriously inconsistent – which means that we’d need to see more than…

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One side just loses more slowly

Prezbo There’s a great scene from HBO’s The Wire in which Roland "Prezbo" Pryzbylewski is sitting in his living room watching a football game on television. His wife asks him who’s winning, to which he replies:   "No one wins. One side just loses more slowly."   If there’s a more apt description of the shameful…

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Best of the Nation – 12.16.12

The lockout keeps rolling on, but that doesn’t mean we lacked for quality content this week. We had another entry in our "Worst to First" jerseys series, talked about the frightening salary cap situation for a bunch of teams, looked at how forward usage by NHL coaches has evolved over the last few seasons, talked…

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Wolves Aren’t Scared of Monsters, Stay on a Roll

Throwing those teddy bears was fun. But now someone has to pick them up. I think it would be fair to say that the most recent Chicago Wolves game recap I did prior to this one – which was back on December 7th, in case you missed it – marked rock bottom for the Canucks’ AHL…

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Let’s talk about contraction

Contraction is a favourite concept of hockey writers around North America. For those who simply want to see higher-calibre hockey, it’s a beautiful dream – fewer teams means higher quality players at the highest level, something that can’t help but result in better hockey. Most recently, though, contraction has emerged as a preferred cudgel with…

Frank Corrado cut from Canadian junior squad

The first cut at Team Canada’s camp is: Frank Corrado#WJC2013 — Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) December 13, 2012 This tweet from Sunaya Suparji of Yahoo! Canada was sent out just as Bob McKenzie was on a live-taping of Sportscentre discussing how Canucks prospect Frank Corrado was practically a sure bet to make the Canadian IIHF U-20…

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10 Reasons to Look Forward to the World Juniors

The World Junior Hockey Championship is alway fantastic hockey, but this year’s tournament will be even more special. NHL caliber talent will litter the rosters, and since hockey fans have been shut out of enjoying the NHL thanks to the most ridiculous lockout in modern professional sports, they’ll presumably be extra excited. There are many reasons…

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Will Frank Corrado Make the Canadian WJC Team This Evening?

Frank Corrado pushes Hunter Shinkaruk into goaltender Tyler Binnington during the Red v. White scrimmage on Tuesday. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Todd Korol Vancouver hockey fans haven’t had any Canucks-related hockey to cheer about for seven and a half months, so it’s understandable why the die-hards (myself included) are beginning to feel somewhat stir-crazy. To compound that…

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CBA Negotations Have Been A Flop, But Now Take A Turn

It took a long time, but it looks like we’re now at the final table in this high stakes game of poker that is the NHL CBA negotations. And yes, this this is and always has been a heads up game. Neither you, nor I, nor any of the tens of thousands tens of hundreds…

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“No progress” in lockout talks, but the end is near all the same

Remember last week, when negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA collapsed? Don Fehr gave a press conference, saying the two sides were close, then came back and said that talks had broken off, and then Gary Bettman gave what was likely the angriest media availability of his NHL tenure, insisting that the owner’s offer of…