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The anatomy of a reclamation project

NHL teams are prone to bargain bin hunting for hidden gems. The Canucks themselves have adopted the reclamation project approach many times over Jim Benning’s tenure, looking for bargains with the likes of Derrick Pouliot, Sven Baertschi, and now, Matthew Highmore. The reclamation project is a controversial move. When a player is available for cheap,…

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Luck, skill, and the recent run of the Vancouver Canucks

It seems most of my writing here ends up coming down to the dichotomy of luck and skill. This is fair, because it’s a dichotomy that I think still eludes the management of the Vancouver Canucks. In hockey, outcomes are often driven by things teams have no control over. This is randomness or luck: That…

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An open letter to ownership: Where do we go from here?

Dear Francesco, I hope this letter finds you well and at least to some degree, resonates with you. I’m aware that the thoughts of a basement-dwelling Canucks fan are unlikely to heavily influence your decision-making process, and moreover, as a member of the “media”, I’m a part of the group you’re often told to ignore….

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A lesson in worldly wisdom: Hockey’s interdisciplinary problem

Many people are familiar with Warren Buffett’s outstanding track-record at Berkshire Hathaway. Fewer are familiar with his side kick, Berkshire Vice-chairman Charlie Munger. Munger is an understudied intellectual giant, and a man who has been thinking about practical thought for over 75 years, much longer than Jim Benning’s been the GM of the Vancouver Canucks….

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Playoff Fallacies

While hockey is littered with bad takes throughout the regular season, bad ideas get even more traction during the playoffs. Through a lethal combination of heightened emotions and small sample size, the playoffs become a breeding ground of bad ideas.

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Top five moments of Dan Hamhuis’ Canucks career

The 2011 Vancouver Canucks were one of the best teams of the post salary-cap era, and recent years have highlighted the group’s tremendous character. Even among that team, few players matched Dan Hamhuis’ fearless on-ice determination, and graceful off-ice persona. Nicknamed “the community man”, Hamhuis seemed to never do anything wrong. Yesterday, Hamhuis announced his…