Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/8/12
Canucks victims of  “dead puck“ trend? Last year, the Vancouver Canucks led the NHL in virtually every major category, except nasal enormity and absolute douchiness (both of those areas of course being dominated handily by the Boston Bruin’s Brad Marchand). The Perception Certainly the most glamorous and important of those categories was goals scored, and the Canucks have excelled in this skill over the past few seasons. However, many people feel this year that the league is steeped in a rapidly downward trend regarding officiating and offence that adversely and unfairly penalizes teams built on speed and skill such as Vancouver. The negative trends in the league with regards to offensive production are frequently reported to be numerous. Off the ice, owners are less patient and less willing to wait for success, especially with so much competition out there for the entertainment dollar. So coaches are less inclined to open it up and instead clamp down to protect leads and ...
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