With the Canucks having sewn up their spot in the playoffs via a clever combination of playing in the terrible Northwest division and being the best team in the NHL, the time has come to consider who the Canucks will face in the playoffs. With a comfortable 10 point lead on the Red Wings for [...]

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With concussions, you just never know. Giants defenceman Joel Rogers suffered one in January and he was out of the lineup for two months. Eight days after his return, he was concussed again and now is almost certainly done for the season. Brendan Gallagher missed only two weeks when he suffered a concussion and now Michael Burns(in [...]

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Canucks 2 – 1 Red Wings Anyone hoping for another game of the year candidate between the two best teams in the Western Conference was likely a little let down by last night’s affair, which saw both teams play hard–just not too hard. With only ten games to go in the regular season, the Canucks [...]

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Today is a great example of why football is the best sport in the world. When passionate fans believe in something strongly enough, they can really make a difference from the pitch right on up to the boardroom. We’re very pleased that the Whitecaps have listened to Vancouver’s fans and delivered on their promises with [...]

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Here’s a little vignette for Fountain Tire and Canucks.com, featuring interviews with Keith Ballard and Ryan Kesler. The best stuff comes courtesy of Ballard, who gives us some insight into why he never gets any ice time. Turns out it’s because: 1) He has scoliosis and borderline osteoporosis.Ballard has every ailment short of bulging discs. [...]

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“I’m going to crush you.” “Not if I crush you first.” As if it wasn’t already perfectly clear that Daniel Sedin is using rage and envy over Henrik’s career year last season to propel himself to an Art Ross and Hart trophy this season, we got further proof, Tuesday, when Daniel’s wife gave birth to [...]

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There is an old joke; a tourist is driving around a deserted part of the country looking for somewhere to stay, finally he spots a farmer standing by the side of the road and stops to ask him how to get to the nearest hotel. The farmer thinks for a minute, looks around, and finally [...]

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The Giants have a hair-raising tradition each year come playoff time. They gather together with scissors and hair dye and become, well, you be the judge. The plan is to go black on the sides with a red Mohawk on top. Some even have a mullet below the Mohawk. Coach Don Hay thinks “it looks [...]

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Yesterday, we learned that the Canucks will be without Manny Malhotra for the rest of the season due to eye injury. It was difficult to digest, and not just because Malhotra is a fantastic human being who doesn’t deserve this terrible misfortune. Also, because Malhotra has been an invaluable member of the Canucks forward corps [...]

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Several months ago, talks between the three Cascadia MLS clubs on the contentious issue of ticket allocations for away supporters were mired by exhaustive debates over “fair and equitable” outcomes for all three cities.  After much ballyhoo and grandstanding, 500 was declared the magic number supporters groups could expect when traveling up and down the [...]

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With the news that Kevin Bieksa has started practicing with the team again, the next step will be his return to the Canucks lineup, maybe even as early as tomorrow’s game against Detroit. This means that one of the Canucks’ current defensemen will be hitting the pressbox, unless Sami Salo breaks again. It’s almost a [...]

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It may be hard to believe but it appears as if Bud Selig (left) has made the long climb from the bottom of the commissioners list to the top.  And who would have thought that was possible considering the myriad of issues that occurred during his watch—issues like steroid abuse, the near elimination of competitive [...]

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Here at CC, we have been lamenting the lack of NHL ice time handed to prospect numero uno Cody Hodsgon this season despite ample opportunity.  And with the eye injury suffered by third line centre Manny Malhotra last week (now revealed to be season ending), you would think that the door of opportunity should have [...]

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Manny Malhotra is done for the season and playoffs. I am just devastated right now. There are no words. If you want to know how important I think Malhotra is to the Canucks’ success, read “Manny Malhotra is an Enabler.” Right now I’ll busy myself by building a massive panic button.

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Sports fans go nuts when things don’t make sense to them. Have you looked at the Western Conference standings recently? If you’re a Vancouver fan, you probably haven’t, you smug bastard, so let me fill you in: there are 2 points separating the 5th-place team and the 10th-place team. This is where you gasp, or [...]

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If the Giants were completely healthy, which means having  captain James Henry (knee, in photo), veteran d-man Joel Rogers (concussion), veteran right winger Michael Burns (concussion) and top rookie Dalton Sward (broken ankle), they would still be large underdogs against the Tri-City Americans. Now their task is gigantic. Maybe one or two of the walking [...]

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With all but one team now having played a game in the MLS this year, what do we now know following the opening stages of the season?  1) The Whitecaps can score goals-The big concern going into the first game was whether Vancouver would possess any genuine fire power. Not only did Designated Player Eric Hassli score two and look sharp throughout [...]

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Wes Knight of the Vancouver Whitecaps jumps up to high-five the Southside fans who screamed for the new MLS expansion squad to beat Toronto FC at Empire Field on Saturday. The Vancouver side netted a 4-2 victory in front of more than 22,000 fans. Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG   Twelve years ago, I found myself [...]

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This is Gary. We met him down by the glass in San Jose, before the Canucks came out for their warmup. You’ll notice that Gary is wearing a Roberto Luongo jersey with the C on it. Gary spawned a hearty debate amongst our group (a group which included myself, Skeeter, our wives, San Jose fan [...]

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The Giants can’t win anymore and they can hardly score at home. Coach Don Hay’s skaters avoided the embarrassment of a third straight shutout on home ice Friday when Neil Manning scored a power-play goal with 34.8 seconds remaining in the third period. By then, the Giants were down by three to the Kelowna Rockets [...]

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Canucks 1 – 3 Coyotes A goaltender’s duel is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds (just ask Rick DiPietro). Despite the picture you have in your mind, in reality, neither goalie draws pistols, nobody walks paces, and nobody is slapped with a glove. Furthermore, there is never any threat to the United States [...]

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So here’s what we SHOULD have seen: 10. Competitive “beard off” between Caps GK Joe Cannon and ZZ Top. 9. Paul Barber prank-calling TFC’s hotel to get the Reds testing the room sprinklers at 4 AM. 8. Long-armed Wes Knight buys a BMX and takes over a kid’s paper route… for the next street over. [...]

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Ryan Kesler’s wingers are polar opposites. It’s like a sitcom on ice. Early in Sunday’s game versus the Calgary Flames, Canucks’ winger Mikael Samuelsson turned the puck over in his own zone, allowing Flames’ center Michael Backlund to walk in, uncontested, and score the game’s first goal. It was painful. For this ill-timed and completely [...]

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As the Giants look to bust out of their seven-game swoon tonight against Kelowna, they need only look at their starts for an answer. In their last six games, they have given up the first goal all six times. In fact, they have been outscored by a massive 14-2 margin in the first periods of [...]

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The draw for Champions League was made today with the following ties being drawn; Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea v Manchester United Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk Internazionale v Schalke Perhaps only Chelsea and Manchester United will be genuinely disappointed with the outcome, with neither wanting to face familiar opposition from the same league as the [...]

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