14

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…

50

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…

16

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…

10

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…

44

Plan 9 From GM Place

Well, credit where credit is due, folks. Since November 17, your lovable Vancouver Canucks have put up an impressive 16-10-5 record, collecting 37 points along the way. That’s good enough for a 0.597 points percentage, which would have put them 12th overall if they had been winning at that pace all season. So it’s great…

25

Change Management

To turn an old phrase around, the less things change the more they get drastically different. If you’ve been paying attention, the signs are there. Much in the same way Westworld sprinkled little things here and there that looked really obvious once the suspense played out, the dots are there to be connected. There was…

18

Old Whine, New Bottle

You know what, I just can’t even. I was all set to take down yet another boo-hoo-everybody-hates-Vancouver diatribe apart but why bother. Patrick O’Sullivan is just another loud mouth from Toronto trying to replicate Don Cherry’s shtick and turn it into a career in media. Except where Cherry has build his persona from deeply held,…

38

Sometimes the plan matches the results

I see Jim Benning was on the radio this morning passive-aggressively asking for fans to be patient: “I’m not going to make no apologies as to where we’re at. Our fans, I think, understand what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to be competitive and develop young players.” But here’s the thing with the current team…

42

Gotta Hear Both Sides

“The challenge I have is there was this notion that this would be flipped around quickly. I don’t think people had a realistic expectation of where this organization was.” — Trevor Linden, October 13, 2016 “We’ve never once said this was going to be easy or fast.” — Jim Benning, April 8, 2016 Roll the tape…

45

Graphic Comments: How To Get Away With Plunder

So I was reading Thomas Drance’s piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn’t help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade. What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together: “…it came together fast…they called us…they asked us about Jared…they brought up…