With Kevin Bieksa, the Good Far Outweighs the Bad

Kevin Bieksa has carried many labels during his tenure with the Canucks. At his best, he is a physical and instinctive two-way defenseman who can play on the power play and shut down opposing star forwards. At his worst, he is an overly aggressive defenseman who goes out of position to make plays, both defensively…

Grinder Aaron Volpatti Claimed by Capitals

Volpatti claimed by Caps — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 28, 2013 Per Ryan Rishaug, who has spent the past twenty-four hours pumping Aaron Volpatti’s tires very publicly, the Canucks grinder was claimed on waivers by the Washington Capitals today.  Read on past the jump.


Ryan Kesler Out (Again) with a Broken Foot

It wasn’t clear when the Canucks waived grinder Aaron Volpatti on Wednesday morning what angle the club was playing at. The roster maneuver began to make more sense however, at the team’s practice on Wednesday afternoon when Ryan Kesler was wearing a boot. It turns out the Canucks’ Selke winning centre was injured, and the…


Aaron Volpatti on Waivers, Pinizzotto to make NHL debut?

Aaron Volpatti fought Ryan Reeves nine days ago which is crazy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) The Canucks have placed popular BC-born pugilist Aaron Volpatti on waivers today, as first reported by Darren Dreger and since confirmed by the club. The move was recieved with skepticism from the fan-base, partly because Aaron Volpatti is…


The Canucks against teams outside the Northwest

The Canucks are an elite team even without beating up on inferior Northwest Division clubs With all the talk about re-alignment, some of it has focused on the “man, the Canucks are going to be moved to a division with real hockey teams?” It’s been unfair for the last several years that no opponent in…


Game #19 Preview: Coyotes @ Canucks

The Canucks go up against Shane Doan for the first time since he rebuffed their advances in the offseason. I think it’s safe to say that the Vancouver Canucks have had better roadtrips than the 4-gamer they just completed on Sunday night. Sure, they went 2-2 – which is respectable, especially given the level of…


The Budweiser Red Light

  By now most of have heard of this new Budweiser red light thing. For those of you living under a rock (or who PVR every game and zip through commercials), Bud has come up with a replica goal light which you can sync with your favorite team, install in your house, and have it…


Canucks to get a new conference: All hail the Smythe!

  There it is, in all its screen-capped glory, thanks to Harrison "H-dog" Mooney. On Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday, the specifics from the NHL’s latest realignment proposal was reported to the public. It would mark a return to a grouping that the Canucks had been in for most of the first half…


Canucks drop 8-3 matinee in Detroit – Reasonable reaction is expected

Photo Dave Reginek via NHLInteractive A game recap isn’t really necessary. The small, underlying events that define a single game have little meaning in the long run. Every botched zone exit, every giveaway, every blown coverage, every solitary, unrecorded play that somehow led to a scoring chance for or against gains anonymity the next day….


Game 18 Preview: Canucks @ Red Wings

Photo Credit: Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press Early on Sunday evening, the Canucks will conclude a heartland road swing that has taken them through Chicago, Dallas and Nashville over the past five days  with a visit to MoTown to face the winged wheel. The Canucks have performed relatively well on the trip, and have played some pretty…