Surprise news this morning, as the Canucks announced that they had called top prospect Cody Hodgson up from the Manitoba Moose. Hodgson will be meeting the team in Dallas, and Ian Walker has tweeted that he’ll likely play, suiting up as the fourth-line centre and bumping Tanner Glass back to his natural position on the [...]

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Don’t Panic, Canucks Fans. There Are Still Plenty of Reasons to Panic. Welcome to the stretch drive, the unpredictable and unstable back half of the NHL regular season. With All-Star weekend now in the rearview, the next break in the schedule is the part where it ends, and the looming conclusion to the campaign is [...]

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Even in an all-star game, Ryan Kesler takes his assistant captaincy seriously enough to question a call. Here’s Kes, mic’d up for Versus, asking referee Kevin Pollock about his decision to blow the whistle. The ref’s response? “Twenty bucks for the first guy that blew an offside.” Funny stuff. Hat tip to Sean Leahy at [...]

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Courtesy of the invaluable and highly beloved CanucksHD, the dedicated Youtuber who is to blogging what the flux capacitor is to time travel, here are the Canucks-related highlights from the NHL Skills Competition. They reinforce three things we might have already known: Ryan Kesler’s pretty fast. But you already knew that. He can make five [...]

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After much speculation about who would get picked last at the NHL All-Star Draft, Phil Kessel suffered the ignominy of being the final guy. For the concerned: he’ll live. In fact, I thought the only embarrassing thing about Kessel’s turn as Mr. Irrelevant was the way the NHL tried to pacify him. In an infuriating [...]

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If you haven’t seen this fantastic video of Alex Burrows interviewing Kevin Bieksa from ESPN.com, you are missing out. It is remarkably hilarious. Many stick taps and gloved taps on the helmet to Nucks Misconduct.

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Canucks 2 – 1 Predators With a win versus Nashville last night, the Canucks go into All-Star weekend having collected at least one point in 27 of their last 30 games. Yes, that’s the stat Don Taylor reported postgame on Sportsnet Connected, and I want to take a moment to marvel at it. Consider that [...]

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“We look at Vernon’s commitment as a four-year commitment that was tolerable for us.”Those were the words of Angels General Manager Tony Reagins upon completion of the trade for Vernon Wells (left) — and the acquisition of a solid player, a good citizen and the owner of one of the more bloated contracts in baseball.  [...]

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Backbreaking news for fans still basking in the glow of last night’s solid victory over the Nashville Predators, as it has been announced that Alex Edler’s back spasms that kept him out of the game are more serious than initially thought. Edler will undergo micro discectomy surgery on his back and will be out indefinitely. [...]

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“Burr can’t get into my kitchen – he can never get in my kitchen.” – Shane O’Brien, January 26, 2011

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Raymond = Fast Last year, we introduced the inaugural Canucks Bandwagon cheat sheet to give aid to the less informed, less involved fan who wanted to feel a part of the Canucks’ playoff run. Unfortunately, two weeks later, the Canucks were eliminated by the Blackhawks, and the cheat sheet was forgotten. It’s eight months later, [...]

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Do you remember this goal? Have you seen it before? It’s amazing. Textbook Wizardous Sedinerie. It might be the best goal of this NHL season, it happened only one week ago, and yet nobody’s talking about it. Let me take you through what you’re seeing: That’s Henrik Sedin there, outskating two Shark players to turn [...]

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One of the most skilled players to ever wear a Canucks uniform, Thomas Gradin is a worthy inductee into the Canucks Ring of Honour. In a ceremony prior to last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, Gradin took his place alongside Orland Kurtenbach and Kirk McLean in front of the Vancouver fans, as well as [...]

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Fighters seem to be learning that Twitter is for more than telling 900 followers, “Had a great workout today,” and in fact can be a useful pre-fight hype tool. Others are seemingly using the platform to try to talk themselves into fights they have no business getting into. Witness Aaron Simpson: I don’t think jon [...]

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Canucks 7 – 1 Stars Friends, Romans, countrymen, I ask you, humbly, what is the cure for an offensive slump? Don’t answer; this is a rhetorical question. The solution, as everybody knows, is an opponent with porous goaltending and crap defense. It’s a fairly simple remedy, but the real trick is finding a major league [...]

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I love this clip. I love it because I’ve often wondered how players feel about resident NHL egghead Pierre McGuire standing between the benches, gushing superlatives and loudly declaring certain player’s monsters. For the record: Marty Turco thinks he’s a clown. That said, I also love Pierre McGuire. He’s an odd duck, a creepy cat, [...]

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I know, I know. I did this joke yesterday. Cut me some slack. I can’t even fully explain how much fun these are to come up with. You should try it. Tweet us @passittobulis, with the hashtag #NHLWarRoomQuotes. Here are twenty more things overheard at the NHL War Room: “Okay, Mr. VanMassenhoven. Pick a number, [...]

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Last night’s contentious decision from the NHL War Room–in which they defied their own precedent and overruled an on-ice no-goal call despite inconclusive evidence–was just another bit of proof that Colin Campbell and his crack squad of AV geeks have literally no idea what they’re doing. And, in case you weren’t convinced, PITB’s recently-dispatched War [...]

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Canucks 3 – Flames 4 (SO) It’s a bummer that, for the second time in as many games, the Canucks had to fall in a shootout. That said, I’m hoping that the fans are smart enough to differentiate between the sluggish team that barely managed a point versus San Jose on Thursday night, and tonight’s [...]

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Ryan Kesler has been named an alternate captain for the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, as have Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kesler and Green will join Team Staal, with Kane and St. Louis joining Team Lidstrom. [...]

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Think video review would have fixed some of these bad calls? Look how many of these miscalls were the result of video review. Miscalls happen in hockey. Referees are human, players are jerks, and few calls are an exact science. It’s pretty much a Canadian tradition to complain about officiating (ask me about the Canucks-Kings [...]

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Canucks 1 – 2 Sharks Before we go any further, a brief dissertation on the first game back from a road trip: we saw, in The Game That Shall Not Be Named, and in the wise words of the team’s sleep doctor, that the first game back from a road trip often yields a team [...]

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What is it like to be the second seeded team in the conference, to have the home game in the NFC conference final, and still be the underdog against the sixth seed?  The answer may be found in the different paths these teams took to make it to the end.  The Packers were a fashionable [...]

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The Canucks have been good for awhile now, and I think I speak for everyone when I say this is relatively novel territory. It’s not usually like this. I’m not used to caring very little how the other Northwest teams fared on a night-to-night basis, or clicking “League” instead of “Division” when I look at [...]

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Let’s be very clear: when we began closely following Kyle Wellwood’s career, we had no idea it was going to be this interesting. Well, maybe we did. Even on a slow day, Kyle Wellwood is impossibly interesting, but we genuinely expected the Wellwood’s World feature to be a lame list of stats followed by a [...]

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