Ryannuendo: The Kesler Saga has already told us a lot about Vancouver’s new hockey ops. team

#481748637 / gettyimages.com It’s tough to preview an offseason, or gauge the likelihood of certain moves, when the new faces of Vancouver Canucks hockey operations – particularly new general manager Jim Benning and new president Trevor Linden – have shallow track records as top NHL decision makers. Linden has already proven himself an effective salesman and alliance builder…

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 6

The Rangers deploying advanced systems tactics Welcome to this week’s version of the Journal of Hockey Analytics. The final game of hockey for the 2013-14 season has been played, which means that all of your favourite bloggers and writers will now be turning their attention towards the future; the draft, free agency, and trades. So…

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The Compliance Buyout Window for the Canucks

Now that the unspoken gentleman’s agreement between the other 28 teams waiting for the two still competing for the Stanley Cup is over with, things should start picking up in the hockey world. The first order of business will be a medley of compliance buyouts across the league, as the final window to do so opened itself back…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #10 – Kevin Fiala

#489742079 / gettyimages.com Our Top 10 draft prospects begins with a little guy out of Switzerland named Kevin Fiala, whose name has risen in draft circles since the midterm. He leapt from 11th to 3rd among European skaters in the Central Scouting rankings, and ESPN prospects guru Corey Pronman had Fiala ranked 6th overall, which…

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My Scotiabank NHL Debit Card Experience

It has now been well over two months since we introduced the concept of the Scotiabank NHL Debit Card on this platform. In that time, if you took my advice and registered you’ve not only given yourself a chance to win all sorts of snazzy little goodies, but you’ve also probably had some noteworthy encounters…