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So Far So Good For Vancouver

A few months ago the fate of the Vancouver Canucks was far from glorious. Currently it is very hard to find fault with the team. Vancouver is doing every thing right; unless there is a major disaster this team should easily secure a place in the playoffs. One of the reasons the Canucks are now looking like a formidable team is due to the performance of the Sedin twins especially Henrik Sedin. Henrik is not only proving to be one of the most valuable members of his team he is also officially one of the best players in the league as he leads the NHL in points with sixty one. If that wasn’t enough he was awarded the title of NHL player of the month for December. When Daniel Sedin misse...

The Forgotten Man


Pavol Demitra, who many had written off for the season, is inching closer to a return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup. Demitra tore a rotator cuff in his shoulder in last seasons playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks when he went to hit Brian Campbell. He then suffered a set back early this year before he was able to return. Things are finally falling into place for the 35 year old as he re-joined the Canucks in practice and looks to be one or two weeks away from getting in some game action. The question now boils down to who will he replace. The Canucks have been playing strong lately compiling a 7-2-1 record in their last ten games. The top unit of the Sedins and Bur...

Bitten By The Desert Dogs

Before this game started both teams new that earning 2 points was imperative. For the Phoenix Coyotes winning this game meant more than gaining points, a win for the Coyotes would have set a franchise record for the most wins at home. Vancouver made sure that achieving this record would be very hard as this game was finally won by Phoenix in the shootout. The first period was quite uneventful; Vancouver looked very sluggish and failed to create many scoring chances in the Coyotes zone, although neither team was able to score. Phoenix dominated this period and played with more intensity than Vancouver. The second period started very much like the first, until Jovanovski decided to...

Goal Of The Year By Raymond?

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

With Christmas just over a week away most people would be excused if their thoughts were not as focused on work as they normally would be. After all this time of year is meant to be about enjoying the company of family and good food it’s also a chance to un-wind and recharge the batteries, whilst remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The Vancouver Canucks cannot afford to focus on anything other than making the most of the 3 wins they currently have at home. Vancouver are in the 10th spot in the west tied with Dallas both teams have 38 points, just one point shy of Detroit who are in the 8th position. With a game every other night until the 23rd December the Canucks need to ext...

Cody Hodgson Pulls Out Of WJC


Vancouver Canucks number one prospect, Cody Hodgson, has pulled out of the upcoming World Junior Championship where Canada aims for a sixth straight championship. Hodgson played a huge role last year leading the tournament in scoring. He was expected to captain Team Canada this year, but a nagging back injury will sideline Hodgson for this years tournament. Hodgson was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Hodgson is considered as one of the top prospects in the World and had high expectations coming into the Canucks training camp this summer. A back injury suffered during World Junior camp in the summer put all those plans on the shelf. Des...

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Most people would agree that at times it is hard to find the positives in life, especially if the negatives are so glaringly obvious. That kind of sentiment may be true for some Vancouver Canucks fans. With the season now 3 months old few expected Vancouver to be languishing in 10th place, in the Western Conference. Vancouver’s script surely didn’t include being placed any lower than the 8th position? While the current situation is not ideal it’s certainly not a precursor to doom. The Canucks are still very capable of making the play-offs. Last season the Pittsburgh Penguins spent sometime in 11th spot and faced a lot of hardship before they could be considered a real cup conte...

What’s Ryan Kesler Really Worth?

Since being drafted by Vancouver in 2003 Ryan James Kesler has become a valuable member of his team. He is currently in the last year of his contract, this season he will earn $1,750,00 .If he is unable to negotiate a new deal prior to July 1st 2010 he will be a restricted free agent. At which point if the Canucks are still interested in his services they will have to issue Kesler with a qualifying offer. If Kesler accepted the offer he will remain a Vancouver player. However he can turn the qualifying offer down then he could sign an offer sheet from another team. He could also contest the first offer and elect for salary arbitration, like Kyle Wellwood chose to during the past off-se...

Desperately Seeking Stanley

Of all the current Canadian teams the Vancouver Canucks are the only one to have never won a Stanley Cup. The closest the city of Vancouver has ever come to winning the coveted silverware was during the 1914 –15 seasons, when the then Vancouver Millionaires won The Challenge Cup as it was known at that period. The last time a team from Canada won the cup and sipped champagne from its bowl, was when the Canadians were victorious in 1992 – 93. What did those teams have that the Canucks seem to miss? Is it the extensive lack of such great players like, Georges Vezina, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Frank Mahovlich, Wayne Gretzky or perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk? On the two occasions that the Ca...