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E is for Edgar

When it comes to models, you typically want one that replicates reality as closely as possible. Unless you’re the editor for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, I suppose. But hey, we’re not here to discuss the fantasies of teenage boys. This is about the on-ice reality of NHL hockey and how best to analyze it. And…

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D is For Defensemen

When it comes to a court of law, they say that ignorance is no defense. Well it turns out that on the ice, ignorance can also be too many defensemen. Despite getting off to the best start of any expansion franchise in NHL history, the Vegas Golden Knights have been handcuffed by GM George McPhee’s…

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CC is for 200

In 2016 AD a state of war existed between a loosely organized alliance of hockey men running the NHL’s city state-like franchises and Big Corsi, with their overwhelming numerical advantage. Big Corsi’s first attempt to gain a foothold in the established hockey world ended with a decisive victory by the hockey men at the Battle…

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B Is For Billionaires

If there’s one thing you can say about billionaires, it’s that they know good value when they see it. I’d like to think that’s why the Flames’ owners finally decided to bring in Jaromir Jagr, who I would much rather have seen in a Canuck uniform this year. You know what else provides great value…

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A is for Anthem

So let me get this straight. The NHL, or at least Gary Bettman, thinks it’s important that players respect the anthem, but not that they play for anthem. Well, unless there’s some profit it in it for the owners. So much so, that they were willing to try to use attending the 2018 Winter Olympics…

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The Swedish Scoring Touch

It’s been over a month since the Canucks once again dipped their toe in the Free Agency wading pool. Overall, it was an ok performance on the part of Jim Benning, who has had more hits than misses of late, and I tend to agree with the B+ grade from Jackson McDonald. However, despite the free…

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Anchors Away!

Well, with the expansion draft upon us it looks like many teams are finally being forced to make decisions they probably should have made years ago. With the Girardi buy-out, the Rangers are just the latest example of a team that finally realized that a sunk cost shouldn’t be influencing decisions you are making that…

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The Media Is The Message

Almost a year after they went down, the two most significant trades in recent NHL history are still shining a light on the chasm between the hockey establishment and its fans. First, it was the “success” of the Oilers being pinned on Adam Larsson, and most recently there has been much hand-wringing about PK Subban…

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To Russia With Gloves

It is with a heavy European heart that I must announce that Jim Benning is at it again. As everyone has seen, and maybe even heard, by now, Benning was on the radio last week talking about a range of topics, including what they’re scouting for at the World Championships. To be honest, I have…

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Is Brock Boeser the light at the end of the tunnel?

It’s probably fair to say that I have been one of Jim Benning’s harshest critics here at Canucks Army. The tide turned for me almost two years ago with the extensions to Sbisa and Dorsett. Those signings were the canary in the coal mine, and it has felt like this team has been buried under…

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Ire and Ice

You know the Vancouver Canucks’ season is drawing to its inexorable conclusion when the team’s biggest media apologists have nothing better to do than to pick fights with the lowly basement dwellers here at Canucks Army. What started out as a fairly level-headed, and generously qualified, critique of the notion that people want the Canucks to focus…

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Bye Bye Week

With the Canucks off on their bye week, it’s time to finally face the inevitable. I have always hated the Wave at sporting events, but in this case I’ll make an exception. It’s time to wave good-bye to the playoffs for this edition of the Canucks. They simply aren’t good enough. I know. I know. They’re…