When the Canucks first traded for Keith Ballard, it was originally thought that he could play alongside Dan Hamhuis on the Canucks top shut-down pair. Fast-forward two years and we have seen a completely different scenario play out.
Trading to acquire Ballard from Florida is one of GM Mike Gillis’ boldest moves to date. He saw a smooth skating defenseman who was good enough for 30+ points per season and some solid defensive play. Now, a lot of people will tell you that the Canucks haven’t seen that player. I support a different point of view. I don’t think Keith Ballard has been given a chance to show us that player.
There are certain games you get up for in the course of the season, and few tend to generate as much excitement within a fanbase as the first meeting of the year between bitter rivals. It's a date circled early on the calendar and loaded with anticipation.
The players get up for it, too, and they feed the media all the right quotes and give the fans the little wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and then .... they go out there and lay a big, fat egg - which is exactly what Chicago did last night against the Vancouver Canucks.
We've discussed the Blackhawks/Canucks rivalry and how last season ended often enough by now. The Blackhawks rol...
It was last year that the Canucks took on the Blackhawks, got blown out and then turned the season around. I suppose that fans are hoping for something similar to come out of tonight’s tilt.
It is the first game of the season for the bitter rivals and it is shaping up to be a good one. Here are my pre-game notes.
- The Blackhawks have been playing some really good hockey lately. With an 8-2-3 record that is good enough for second in the conference, you can bet that the Canucks are going to be in for a challenging night.
- The Hawks are winning despite Jonathan Toews being really quiet this season. Many were calling for him to take the next s...
If you take a look at the boards on CDC, it doesn’t take long to find a thread or two (by two I mean 100) about the Canucks making a coaching change. Log on and you’ll find every reason there is to can Alain Vigneault and find someone new.
“He changes the lines too much."
“He isn’t willing to take risks with the line-up”
“He doesn’t start Schneider enough”
“He chews too much gum…..”
Whatever the reason may be, people seem to have a hate on for Alain Vigneault. Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I love every single decision Alain Vigneault has ev...
Just when you thought the Canucks were about to turn a corner, they went out and laid an egg against the Minnesota Wild. Last night's tilt was one of the ugliest I've seen in a long time.
When the goaltender is the best player in a 5-1 loss, you know something isn't right. Schneider was absolutely unbelievable and the team just had to go out and waste a perfectly stellar performance from the kid.
After one of the more exciting games of the year against Washington in which the Canucks won 7-4 and a dominant victory (5-1) against the Calgary Flames, I thought maybe, just maybe, that this team had turned a corner. It turned out I was flat...
The Vancouver Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight for a match-up that is sure to be very….dull. Would it be an understatement to say that Wild hockey isn’t that exciting? Hey, I suppose that since Lemaire left they have been a little more entertaining to watch.
That being said, it’s always nice to sit down and enjoy a Canucks game whether they are playing the Chicago Blackhawks or the aforementioned Wild. What matters is that we are seeing Canucks hockey. Problem with this season was that for the first 10 games, we weren’t seeing Canucks hockey. Now, after two straight wins, the Canucks are going to have to show that this...
After being unranked heading into his draft year, Alex Edler wasn't really on anyone's radar. When the Canucks drafted him 91st overall in 2004 he was quite the unknown for a fan base that likes to know everything about all of its players.
It wasn't until 2006-2007 that Alex Edler got his first taste of NHL hockey. That year he played 22 games and registered three points. While he wasn't spectacular, he didn't make any glaring errors. Fans could see that Edler had the potential to be a mainstay on the Canuck blueline for years to come.
From the beginning, it was incredibly apparent that Edler wasn't your average offensive defense...
The Vancouver Canucks have only played 11 games this year so far and fans are already giving the team a bunch of flack. Are the 'Nucks still the "team to beat" this year? How much longer will fans put up with the mediocre hockey they have been seeing? Is Roberto Luongo on his way out of Van City this year? Will Vancouver be a legit playoff contender? Brian Raiger breaks down these questions with his own twist on things.
With 11 games in the book, the boys in blue and green have only managed to rack up 11 points. As of now, the Canucks sit in 4th place in the Northwest Division, 10th in the Western Conference, and 19th in the whole NHL.
Since he has entered the NHL, David Booth has not made the playoffs with the Florida Panthers. Could his first year with a playoff contending team be a long run?
David Booth, 26 years old, still has lots of hockey left in him and now that he is with a contending team, it is only a matter of time before we see him in his 2008-2009 state (where he had 60 points in 72 games).
In practice, he has been skating on the second line with fellow Americans, Ryan Kesler, and Chris Higgins and by having Booth on the wing, it will be a perfect with for Kesler and Higgins, seeing as he has played with both of them at some point of his career (Higgins in Florida, and Kesler in the World Junio...