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Top 10 must-see games on the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks schedule

As the days march on towards Opening Night, and the bulk of trades and free agency acquisitions have been completed; the Draft and prospect camps are over; and the opening of Training Camps are still a few weeks away; as the weeks left until the new season drop into the single digits, there's one date circled on every fan's calendar to make it through the August doldrums: the date that their team's tickets go on sale. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of exciting matchups to choose from this year.

Five years ago, getting 14,000 fans in the seats at the United Center would've been considered a special night. Now, after three h...

Canucks re-sign Jannik Hansen

Jannik Hansen is still a Vancouver Canuck.

The fiesty danish winger signed a 3 year deal worth 4.05 million. The deal means that the Canucks and Hansen will avoid arbitration, which was set for Friday. The deal is front loaded, as Hansen will earn 1.6 million in his first year, 1.35 million in the second year and 1.1 million in his third year.

It's a win-win, as Hansen wanted to stay here, and he wanted more than a one year contract. The Canucks wanted him here, and they wanted him for less than 2 million a year.

Hansen established a career high in points last season with 29.

My take: it's a good contract, and the Canucks saved money, because he would have ...

How the Chicago Blackhawks are shaping up as training camp approaches

Chicago fans were disappointed in April when the Blackhawks couldn't make it past their hated rival, the Vancouver Canucks. But even in the face of the loss, there was a lot of positive things to take away from the postseason for the Hawks.

The most important thing was the Blackhawks' performance in games 4-7 of the first series. Despite Vancouver looking like the stronger, healthier team going to the series - and they were, having cruised through the final weeks of their schedule as Chicago battled down to the very last wire in the effort to hold on to their playoff berth - and even despite the Canucks practically skating circles around t...

The Life and Times of Brian Burke Part 2

 

Brian P. Burke was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 30, 1955. He was raised in the affluent southwestern Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota. Historically, Edina was a predominantly Irish farming and milling community comprised of immigrants landing in the Richfield Township during the Potato Famine, between 1845 and 1852. The son of Irish-Catholic parents, Brian grew up with nine brothers and sisters, in a close-knit family where education and accountability were of paramount importance. A commitment made would be a commitment kept. This sense of personal integrity would later become a defi...

All Quiet on the Western Front

After letting Raffi Torres and Christian Ehrhoff, two guys the Canucks wanted back, walk to other teams because of salary disputes, the Vancouver Canucks haven't exactly added significant pieces to replace them. You could argue that Marco Sturm, a vetern banger and crasher who has had nine career 20 goal seasons is the replacement for Torres, but with braces on both knees going into next season, is he really dependable for 82 games?

As for Ehrhoff there has been nada to replace him so far. Sami Salo reupped with the nucks for one year, but same deal as Sturm; Salo is made of glass. Can we expect 82 games from him, plus the long playoff run this team is hoping for?

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A disgusting display

Minutes after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final, rioting erupted in the downtown core. Mindless morons, immature punks patrolled the streets, lighting cars on fire, breaking store windows and attacking fellow pedestrians. There were an estimated one hundred and fifty thousand people watching the game from the streets, and the police obviously had no way of containing them. This is my short open letter to the idiots that felt like the loss of a Stanley Cup meant rioting. After celebrating the Gold Medal one short year ago, the city of Vancouver had never looked better on a world stage. People from far and wide were raving about the city, it was a must see destination. In one sho...

That's all she wrote

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud." The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 39 years. The Vancouver Canucks remain cupless for a 41st straight year, after the Bruins won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-0. The Canucks blew a 2-0 series lead. They blew a 3-2 series lead. At the end of the day, however, you really got the sense that the best team won the cup. When Boston won games, they were resounding victories. When the Canucks won games, they were squeakers often decided in the third period or later. Perhaps it was the hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 that inspired the Bruins. Perhaps it was the fact that Roberto Luongo couldn'...

We're going to Game 7

Yikes. Yikes to Roberto Luongo's play. Yikes to the penalty kill. Yikes to the powerplay. Yikes to the fact that Mason Raymond probably won't play again this series. Yikes that Dan Hamhuis is also on that list. Yikes that the Sedins and Ryan Kesler have disappeared. Thank God that Game 7 in Vancouver. The Canucks produced yet another stinker in the Garden, losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game six. The loss means that there will in fact be a decisive Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night. The Canucks actually played a very solid opening twenty minutes. They got good scoring chances on Bruins netminder Tim Thomas, and played a hard forcheck, banging bodies type of game. Then the ...

Canucks take 3-2 lead in Final

Hear that loud creaking sound? That's the sound of everyone jumping back on the bandwagon. The Vancouver Canucks proved that they indeed do deserve to be in the final with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. With the win, the Canucks took a 3-2 series lead, something never before done in franchise history, with the pivotal Game six getting going on Monday night. It wasn't hard to find an MVP for this game. Coming off two poor performances in Boston, goaltender Roberto Luongo found his game in a big, big way and got his fifth career playoff shutout with a miraculous 31 save night. Luongo was huge, the reason the Canucks won this game. He outplayed Tim Thom...

Bruins Win again, Chase Luongo

It’s not time to panic-yet. However, after a 4 to 0 loss for the Canucks, beads of sweat are starting to form at the foreheads of Canuck fans everywhere. It’s not that the Canucks played badly in Game 4, it’s that they peppered Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas with 37 shots with minimal results. It’s that Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin are clearly playing injured, taking out the Canucks best two offensive threats. It’s that Roberto Luongo had his second poor outing in a row, and Thomas is outplaying him badly. It’s that their once vaunted powerplay is suddenly shooting blanks, while the Bruins once dismal powerplay is suddenly on fire. It’s that their best offensive defenceman...