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Blue Jackets opt to send 2017 pick to Canucks for Tortorella

The staff compensation rule was one of the single worst nuances introduced to the National Hockey League over the past few years unless you were the benefactor. The Vancouver Canucks certainly were when the Columbus Blue Jackets hired John Tortorella to be their head coach in October 2015. While they had long fired the polarizing…

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Canucks Army Year In Review: Brandon Sutter

When the Canucks acquired him, Jim Benning described Brandon Sutter as a foundational piece, who would bring this team speed and edge come playoff time. Needless to say, that hasn’t worked out too well in several facets since it was suggested in July 2015; both in terms of his own play and, well, the team…

CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Embed from Getty Images Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the…

CGD: A New Hope (Canada vs. Russia)

Embed from Getty Images It’s the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians…

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY SPORTS Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn’t matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up…

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Team Canada sweeps, wins 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games. I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at…

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WCOH Final 2: Canada vs. Europe

This time, there’s something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it’s been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me…

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Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS Look, I’m not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it’s way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full…

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other,…