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Jim Benning vs. A Vacuum Cleaner

Jim Benning and the Vancouver Canucks have had a rough go of it this season. The club is 27th overall, with three remaining games and not an awful lot on the line except pride. It’s been a steep fall from the 101-points grace they enjoyed last season.  If the club’s intention was to secure a…

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20 in 20: Dress Like A Seat Night #MyColumn

Hey, Dorothy, we aren’t in 2011 anymore. Remember the good old days? When tickets in the top row would go for an arm and a leg, but it was worth every penny because you would be able to watch your team prolong the disappointment you would eventually feel. But you’ll also remember the ancient saying…

Ryan Miller stops pucks, but he doesn’t win games. #mycolumn

View image | gettyimages.com Whether you like it or not, the Vancouver Canucks are committed to Ryan Miller until the end of eternity. Or, you know, until the end of next season. It feels like the same thing whenever you pay a non-elite goaltender $6 million in 2015; but at the end of the day,…

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5 Reasons to Hate The Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports Let’s be real about things. Nobody likes the Toronto Maple Leafs. I don’t like them, you don’t like them, they probably don’t like themselves, and I’m pretty sure that Torontonians dump their money into the team just so they have something else to complain about in their miserable lives….

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Sven Baertschi’s Entitlement is his Downfall, #MyColumn

Not all is sunshine and roses where the Canucks youngest players are concerned. Like a litter of dogs, the alphas have pressed themselves upon mothers milk and left the runts behind to starve. As one might expect, the lactate praise and ice-time that secretes has proven insufficient for the pack. While Jared McCann leads the team…

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Canucks Need More GRIT If They Want to Get Anywhere. #MyColumn

View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com For year,s folks have been complaining that the Canucks are too soft, and they’ve been damn right to do so. With no push back, you won’t get any respect around the league, and with no respect, how could you ever expect to get wins?! Since Jim Benning…

Selecting the Canucks New Goal Songs, #MyColumn

View image | gettyimages.com In an effort to improve on the mausoleum-like atmosphere at Rogers Arena, the Canucks are introducing personalized goal songs for each player, as selected by the players. It’s a great wrinkle to the fan experience, to be sure. Not to mention, a decidedly human step, connecting the fans to their favourite…

How to Argue with a Hockey Blogger! #mycolumn

View image | gettyimages.com Have you ever been browsing the internet and come across a blog post, usually about hockey, that is so stupid, so idiotic that you just had to let the author know?  It might have been an idea that challenged your current notions of the sport, or perhaps it was trying to…

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Injury proves Virtanen should be sent back to junior #mycolumn

Many of you watched Jake Virtanen score a goal with his face the other day and thought “Wow, what a warrior. That’s the type of guy that I want on my NHL team.”. For a moment, I agreed with you; that was the toughest thing I’ve ever seen. But then, he went down and stayed…

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Brandon Sutter Transcends Stats, #MyColumn

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA TODAY Sports Of all Jim Benning’s decisions this off-season, few were as controversial as the trade for Brandon Sutter. The general consensus was that Sutter might be a positive fit within the grand scheme of how the Canucks align their forwards, but there was immense value lost in the…