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Whatever's going on, the general assumption is that the Canucks are dogging it and saving a little extra for the playoffs with the division and a top two seed locked up.
But...is that easy to just flip the switch? Is it easier when you have the experience of 15 playoff wins?
I'm not sure what happens this Spring, I could easily see this team going out in any round or finally going all the way, but the main question about this team going into the playoffs last year was experience. This year, every player save for Booth, Kassian, Gragnani, and Weise comes armed with Stanley Cup Finals experience, albeit in a losing capacity save for Aaron Rome and Sami Pahlsson.
Still, the playoffs are a series of inches and an early exit will have a lot of people pointing to, well most every game after the Boston game as evidence that the upset was telegraphed.
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"I think they have slowed the game down enough with the way the referees are maybe calling it the last couple of months," Sedin said. "But I think that's why you see a lot of injuries because the game is so fast and guys are flying through the neutral zone and no one can...
Tillykke med fødselsdagen ~ Happy Birthday
This Thursday March 15th, Jannik Hansen will turn 26 years of age. That’s one year for each of the things he really doesn’t care about.
So what should one get a honey badger for his birthday?
I have the Top 5 things right here.
A Framed Photo of a Honey Badger
Oh yeah, that's nice; real nice!
This would go up in Jannik’s kitchen...
The Canucks may have been beaten up by the Habs last night, but Zack Kassian did make his fighting debut in an impressive effort, standing up for his team midway through the second period. Check out Kassian's decent debut with his fists here.
Vancouver Canucks crisis is here..AGAIN! …cue frantic citizens running amok!!!
A couple of weeks ago we were commenting on the Canucks fan opinion that the Zack Kassian/Hodgson trade was no cause for panic to break out on the streets of Vancouver.
However, if there was a fair amount of concern back then, it is nothing compared to the apocalyptic shouts now emerging in the...
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, Perhaps now the Vancouver Canucks are disintegrating before their eyes, those so utterly determined to make excuses for these guys will give it a rest.
When you lose to the worst team in the Eastern Conference in your own rink in the middle of a homestand and get the crap kicked out of your alleged stars in the bargain, it doesn’t...
First it was the fallout over the Cody Hodgson trade, then it was Luongo's shaky start against Buffalo; a week later, the furor expressed over the airwaves of Vancouver sports talk radio has shifted to the latest whipping boys – the Sedin twins – as the reason this team seems doomed to another year of failure.Many of you will know that Canucks fans, on aggregate, are a sceptical...
I can say from first-hand experience that retail sales is a tough gig. Convincing people to sell products sucks. Yet the Canucks and Manny Malhotra decided to have some fun with the experience at Sport Check, setting up Manny as "Alex" the salesmen for some unsuspecting fans. Check it out here via Canucks.com.
GM Mike Gillis and the Canucks have been sounding off over the last few days in regards to NHL officiating, rule changes related to scoring, and goaltender interference. Check out Ben Kuzma's Twitter feed here for a great summation of the quotes coming out of Vancouver. Does the team have a point or is this just political posturing in anticipation of another lengthy playoff push?
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, His team is looking more vulnerable than venerable, but Mike Gillis knows the way the game is officiated—especially in the postseason—could determine how far the Vancouver Canucks progress this spring. And when asked how he can best address the hot topic without sounding like a whiner when NHL general managers meet Monday and Tuesday...
WTF was that?
The Vancouver Canucks jumped out to an early lead but were blasted by the Canadiens on Saturday in a 4-1 loss at Rogers Arena. Carey Price kept the Habs in the game during a busy first period allowing Blake Geoffrion to respond in the second, deflecting his first as a Canadien past Roberto Luongo.
The Hat Trick
Ryan Kesler had another strong game from Vancouver’s...
Canadiens vs Canucks Game Recap
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The dog days of March are here. The Vancouver Canucks have nothing left to play for in a division long since wrapped up, and the prospect of another long, punishing playoff run as seen the effort levels lately drop to a more manageable peak.
It’s a tad disappointing to see these losses, but who will really remember these games once the playoffs start?
On to the Love...
NHL Hockey: Stan Smyl
Name: Stan Smyl
Born: January 28, 1958 (age 54), Glendon, AB, CAN
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Played for: Vancouver Canucks
National team: Canada
NHL Draft: 40th overall, 1978, Vancouver Canucks
Playing career: 1978–1991
The Original Retiree
Has there been a more iconic Vancouver Canuck...