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S is for Skinner

Well, here I was just minding my own business watching international shipping traffic for a few weeks when hockey twitter had to go and blow up over the Jeff Skinner trade. There’s been plenty of hot takes on both sides of this trade, but most are focusing solely on the relative values of the players…

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R is for Revolution

First you have the revolution. Then you have the counter-revolution. And then you win. As I wrote back then: It is only a matter of time before the Computer Boys and Big Corsi are running the show. Until then, all we can do is sit back, grab another bag of popcorn and wait for the…

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Q is for Quality of Competition

Well, here we are two weeks later and it appears the “national” hockey media is still talking about Auston Matthews. I mean, I know it’s Toronto but come on. Leafs fans really should change their little slogan to “Buds 24/7, 365.” Anyway, just when I thought everyone had moved on, Matthews is back in the spotlight…

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Hockey Man

Let’s interrupt the Graphic Comments tour through the alphabet for a little musical interlude. With apologies to Elton John, here is Hockey Man:

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P Is For Playoffs

Well, it’s that time of year again. When Canucks Army turns to prospect profiles while the rest of the league focuses on the playoffs. It wasn’t that long ago that these pages would be teeming with wild-eyed optimism about the prospects of a Canucks’ playoff run. But as we put the third year of Brandon…

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O is for Opportunity Cost

Well, despite my hopes to the contrary, it looks like it’s official: Adam Gaudette will make his début with the Canucks tonight. Don’t get me wrong. I think this is a great opportunity for Gaudette, and for Canucks fans to see a much-hyped prospect in action. Whether he lives up to that hype, is another…

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N Is For Negativity

Much has been made of the negative sentiment surrounding the Canucks in the local market ever since Elliotte Friedman brought it up after the trade deadline. And in the swirl that followed, there was plenty finger-pointing about who was to blame. If you believe the Vancouver hockey market is too negative around the Canucks, who…

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M is for Masochism

Sigh. This team. Just when you thought they were finally on the right track they, reportedly, are going back to their old ways. We’re now at the point that I would call us all masochists, but that would actually be a step up. This isn’t masochism, it’s more like self-flagellation. All that to say, this…

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L Is For Las Vegas

When it comes to winning in Las Vegas, the only real rule to follow is that you need to quit while you’re ahead. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, that option isn’t available when you’re playing in a professional sports league. So while they’ve certainly had a fairy tale inaugural season to date, there’s still a…

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K is for Killer Instinct

The Vancouver Canucks may have an orca on their logo, but the only thing they seem to share with a killer whale these days is that they spend most of their time under water. At their heights from 2010 to 2012, the Canucks were ruthless when it came putting away there opponents. They liked to…

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J Is For Jim Benning

Well, here we are two months and almost 25 games after Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini let the world know how pleased he was with the first 15 games of the season. You have to wonder how pleased he is now. If the tone of this piece from Iain MacIntyre is any indication, and it should…

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I Is For Injuries

It looks like the Canucks finally caught a break on the injury front this week when it turned out that Brock Boeser didn’t break his foot doing what Jacob Markstrom couldn’t do: blocking a Mark Giordano shot. Despite a collective sigh of relief from Canucks’ fans and organization alike, that bit of good luck runs counter…