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Three's The Magic Number

The saying goes two’s company three is a crowd. That sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to the Canucks third line. The current group of Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen was only assembled six games ago. Since then they have managed to accrue a combined total of nineteen points and eleven goals in six games. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that originally Malhotra was believed to be over paid. Torres is a former first round pick who’s often been thought to have not reached his full potential. While Hansen has often been criticized for having no hands. Malholtra and Torres were acquired to add toughness, grit size and strength to a t...

Canucks v Oilers Preview

Vancouver face off against the Oilers in what will be the first of a two game road trip. Last night the Canucks beat the Devils 3-0 with goals from Torres, Kesler and Henrik Sedin. Luongo started the month of November on the right foot by registering his first shutout of the season. The good news is that Alex Burrows will return to the line up after spending October on LTIR recovering from a shoulder injury. The bad news is that Vancouver’s road record isn’t quite as impressive as when playing at home. The Canucks are 0-3-1 when they play away; this is obviously an area that needs improvement. Edmonton last played on Friday 29 October when they beat the Hawks 7-4. The Oilers young ...

A Suspension Could Be The Least Of Rypien's Worries

Everyone gets angry from time to time it’s human nature. When Rick Rypien got into a fight on Tuesday night with Wild forward Brad Staubitz the Canuck Centre was just doing his job. The melee that ensued directly after the on ice scuffle was a complete display of un-professionalism from the Vancouver player, who’s made a name for himself as a middleweight pugilist. Once the fight between both players was finally broken up Rypien headed towards the Canucks dressing room clearly enraged, he then took his frustrations out on a Wild fan by shoving the spectator and shouting at him. This was a sign of a player who was out of control a man who crossed the line and forgot that he was a pr...

Are The Canucks Lacking Chemistry?

The first week of play may not have gone to plan for a team that is believed to be a cup contender this year. After playing three games and only winning one in regulation the club needs to rectify a few problems. One area of concern is the lack of goal scoring especially when you consider Vancouver finished the previous season with the second most potent offense in the entire league. The absence of injured winger Burrows is going to cause a hole not just to the first line but this will impact all four lines by creating a ripple affect. The top line of the Sedin’s and Samuelsson are in fact the only unit that has actual experience of playing together. The twins and fellow compatr...

Could Vancouver Be Morrison’s Last Chance?

For certain players like Kesler, Samuelsson and the Sedins, the next few weeks will be a chance to prepare themselves physically and mentally for the start of the new hockey season as they are guaranteed a place on the Canucks roster; however, there are some individuals who face uncertainty about their future. Like most teams this time of year, Vancouver has more than one vacancy, and there are a myriad of hopeful applicants who are eager to impress the coaching staff enough to secure a home on the Canucks squad. One such player is former Canuck Brendan Morrison, who was invited to camp on a professional tryout. Like most people, he is fighting to make the team, although he is ac...

No C Means No More Excuses

This week one of the most hotly debated subjects surrounding the Canucks reached its course, as it was announced Monday that Luongo had relinquished the C. Was the decision to award the Vancouver net minder the job of Captain the correct thing to do in the first place? The last time a goalie was named Captain was in the nineteen forty’s. Since then the league has made rule changes that mean goalies can’t officially fulfill the role. Something that initially would have been an honor and given him a certain status ultimately came back to haunt Luongo. The world of professional sports is often a highly pressured environment where athletes are scrutinized and an individuals eve...

Dan’s The Man

For the Canucks fans the wait is over as they welcome home B.C. boy Dan Hamhuis, to a reported 6-year deal for $4.5million per year. Last season he scored 5 goals and 19 assists for the Predators. Many teams coveted the 6ft 1”, 203lb, 27 year old. Earlier in the day they signed Manny Malhotra to a $7.5 million contract over 3 years. It is expected that he will be the centre on the 3rd line. Last season he chalked up 14 goals and 19 assists for the Sharks. The Canucks kick started the free agency by signing centre Joel Perrault. It is suspected he will spend time playing for the Moose. The Canucks also signed LW Jeff Tambellini to a 1 year deal. With the arrival of Hamhuis co...

There Is A New D-man In Van.Exclusive Interview With Lee Sweatt

It’s almost a month since the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoff’s, the dust has settled and everyone and their Auntie have analyzed and over analyzed what went wrong. The players may now even be more concerned with how they will get a birdie on the eighteenth hole then anything pertaining to the ice. For Mike Gillis and his Management team its still business as usual. Gillis and his colleagues are left with the job of righting the ship. Recently Gillis addressed some of the issues the team has by restocking his shelves when he signed three young defensemen. One of the players who put pen to paper with the Canucks GM was Lee Sweatt. Sweatt was awarded a o...

It's Not Over Yet

After a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks, the Canucks headache is getting worse. Will the dark cloud looming over Canuck nation finally blow away? Vancouver have certainly put themselves in a very difficult position, but a comeback is still possible, with a win tomorrow night the tables can be turned, the battle is not over its only just begun. If your feeling like the season is reaching its course remember what enabled the boys in blue to reach the playoffs in the first place. Perhaps a little song will improve your mood? Have a listen to the below, we can make this song the Canucks playoff anthem tell your friends, neighbors, work colleagues, school friends and any Hawks f...