The Smylosphere is all agog right now over Henri Hurskainen, the Swedish badminton player who bears a striking, perhaps even creepy, resemblance to the Sedin twins, particularly Daniel Sedin. Their shared country of origin and athletic inclinations make the resemblance even more startling. Hurskainen was even born in the same month as the Sedins, though it was admittedly 6 years later.
It got us thinking about what other things and people look like Daniel Sedin. And when we get to thinking, we get to sharing/inflicting those thoughts on you, our loyal readers. Here are 15 things/people that look like Daniel Sedin:Continue Reading —›
David Booth wasn’t what Canuck fans expected him to be. He was billed as a power forward of sorts, as well as a linemate for Ryan Kesler, and neither of these things appeared to be quite true after a good long look at the guy. Also he was being paid $4.2 million and only scored 16 goals. Also he killed a bear. For these reasons, he was viewed as a disappointment.
But it’s not that cut and cry. Booth may not have looked like Ryan Kesler’s lifelong twin, but the two drove possession like gangbusters when they were on the ice together. He may not have established himself as a prototypical power forward, but those are basically leprechauns, and Booth was hardly a weakling around the goal. Furthermore, he may have only scored 16 goals as a Canuck, but he only played 56 games. That’s a 23-goal pace, which is decent for a second-liner.
In short, while Booth wasn’t what we thought he was, he was still quite effective, and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Booth’s second full season in Vancouver. Here are 16.Continue Reading —›
Today in the every goal series, we take a moment to appreciate the guys who only scored one goal in a Canucks’ uniform in 2011-12.
This is a really strange collection of names, if you think about it, and I think it underscores what a strange year last year was. In 2010-11, most of the one-goal guys were the sorts of guys you’d expect: stay-at-home defencemen (Andrew Alberts) and fourth line call-ups (Mario Bliznak). But in 2011-12, the one-goal guys were Keith Ballard, Mikael Samuelsson, Byron Bitz, Aaron Volpatti, Marc-Andre Gragnani, and Zack Kassian. No one could have predicted that group, either because more was expected of them or because they weren’t expected to end the year here.
But not everybody you see below is unexpected. The Sedins are in almost every clip, to the surprise of no one.Continue Reading —›
The middle of the summer is the last time an NHLer expects to receive supplementary discipline. But that didn’t stop Jannik Hansen, who received a one-game suspension from the International Ice Hockey Federation on Friday. It is yet further proof that Hansen is the Honninggrævling – the Danish Honey Badger – particularly when you read the IIHF’s description of his transgressions.Continue Reading —›
There was a time when Tim Thomas was the everyman hero, the blue collar journeyman who didn’t make his first NHL start until the age of 28, only to become a Vezina, Conn Smythe, and Stanley Cup winner. Now he’s known more for his extremely conservative, right wing political viewpoints that he shares on Facebook and refuses to talk about with the media.
His latest Facebook post sees him supporting Chick-Fil-A, the chicken sandwich restaurant chain whose owner has recently ignited controversy with his anti-gay-marriage comments. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, really. Given the other political viewpoints Thomas has espoused on his Facebook, it’s pretty much a given that he would be against gay marriage.
This is, of course, a serious issue that deserves serious consideration and serious discussion. But not from Pass it to Bulis. Instead, I’m just going to share the many, many hilarious things that people said on Twitter in response to Thomas’s Facebook post.Continue Reading —›
Dan Hamhuis is the Betty Draper of the Canucks’ shutdown pairing, what with his penchant for staying at home while Kevin Bieksa engages in all sorts of Don Draper-esque sexy plays and offensive dalliances. But, just like Betty Draper, Hamhuis can score (and he wears a 50s house dress like a boss).
Of course, as you’d expect from a guy nicknamed “Community Man”, Hamhuis is more prone to helpers than he is goals, but occasionally, the most helpful thing he can do is score the goal. Three of the four goals he scored in 2011-12 occur when Hamhuis capitalized on a Sedin play gone awry, converting their magical misfire so smoothly that you wonder if they meant to set him up like that. That’s Hamhuis for you, the consummate teammate. He makes everyone else look good. I mean, is it any wonder the postseason ended when Hamhuis got stripped trying to go it alone? That’s not his way.
But let’s not dwell on Hamhuis’s big error from last year. Let’s dwell on those times he lit the lamp. Enjoy every goal Dan Hamhuis scored last season.Continue Reading —›
The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we take a second look at Jannik “At the Disco” Hansen. I’ve known that Jannik Hansen had the ability to score more for quite a while. You don’t undress an [...]Continue Reading —›
The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we look at Jannik “So Hot Right Now” Hansen. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to dislike Jannik Hansen. He’s the type of player that everyone can enjoy. He never stops [...]Continue Reading —›
Samuel Pahlsson arrived in Vancouver amidst some negative vibes. Acquired just hours before Cody Hodgson was dealt, he was to be the old, unspectacular, defensive-minded replacement for the most offensively-exciting prospect the Canucks had trotted out in years. It was like having your new Ferrari swapped for a used Toyoto Echo that reeks of Columbus. Sure, it may have been safer and lower-maintenance, but nobody was happy about it.
Truth is, despite what people say, even Alain Vigneault didn’t want Pahlsson at first. He was convinced to get on board by Mike Gillis and Newell Brown. But Pahlsson won the Canucks’ coach over somewhat through the end of the regular season, winning matchups with opposing first lines, and even showing a bit of scoring touch on a couple of heavy slapshots. His contributions looked tailor-made for the postseason.
And then they weren’t. The moment the playoffs arrived, Pahlsson struggled, and when the offseason arrived much, much sooner than anticipated, he was told that the Canucks had other plans and left for Sweden, likely there to remain.
But let’s not think about his unceremonious end. Let’s spend this afternoon in total denial and remember Samuel Pahlsson as a goal scorer.Continue Reading —›
I’ll let Trevor Linden handle the introduction here: “Have you heard of Five Hole For Food? They’re driving cross-Canada playing hockey & raising food for food banks. Awesome.”
Pretty much sums it up. This year’s tour has raised over 80,000 pounds of food, with their end goal being a whopping 100k. Mr. Linden is correct: Five Hole For Food is awesome.
The charity’s cross-country tour makes its 13th and final stop Saturday, July 21 in Vancouver, with the 800 block of Granville shut down for games of road hockey from 12-6pm. Anyone can play in these road hockey games. Since you are an anyone, you should go.Continue Reading —›
I’m probably not Sami Salo’s biggest fan; after all, Chloe Ezra exists. But I loved the Finnish MacInnis all the same. He was a quiet and quirky character who went through some ridiculous struggles with injuries and yet never once complained. He was a steady presence on the Canucks’ blueline for a decade and I am still sad that he’s gone. And, by God, he could shoot the puck.
Salo left the Canucks as the franchise leader in powerplay goals from a defenceman thanks to his legendary slap shot that was repeatedly clocked at over 100 mph. In his farewell tour in the 2011-12 season, Salo added 9 goals to his totals with the Canucks, including a whopping 7 powerplay goals, which tied him for 4th in the league among defencemen. Salo was the go-to shooter in 5-on-3 situations, which he treated like a shooting gallery.
He may be pale as a ghost and look like Boo Radley, but Sami Salo could score. The following videos prove it.Continue Reading —›
Aaron Rome was a divisive figure during his three seasons as a Vancouver Canuck. The depth defenceman didn’t do any one thing particularly well, save skipping pucks off the glass like he was throwing rocks at a lake on its side, so when he found himself in the lineup in place of the highly-toued, highly-paid, and costly to acquire Keith Ballard, people got upset. But, apart from the outrage over who he tended to replace, Rome was rarely noticeable in the Canucks’ lineup.
That is, apart from when he scored a goal. It happened five times in a Canucks’ uniform, and each one was met with surprise and amusement, like when a toddler does a somersault. Three of those goals took place during a brief hot streak last November, immediately after returning from a broken hand suffered in the preseason. It was must-see TV. While culturing a fabulous Movember duster, the defenceman suddenly looked like an offensive dynamo (and Wario). For a week, Rome was the man of the hour.
He’s gone now, having signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars, but we’ll always have November. And also that one he scored in February. Here are all 4 goals Aaron Rome scored last season.Continue Reading —›
Shane Doan is a consistent 20+ goalscorer.
Shane Doan hasn’t scored fewer than 50 points in a season since 1999.
Shane Doan had 205 hits last season.
Shane Doan is the top unrestricted free agent remaining on the market, as long as you ignore Alexander Semin.
Shane Doan has played for the same franchise for his entire 17-year career.
Pretty much everyone in the NHL wants Shane Doan on their team and everyone knows it.Continue Reading —›
Through the first three months of the season, Cody Hodgson had done some good work unmaking his unfair reputation among fans as a draft bust. But it wasn’t until January that he earned a new, sexier, unfair reputation. In the first month of 2012, Hodgson capitalized on some advantageous adjustments made in his usage with 6 goals, 4 assists, and a rookie of the month award.
Later we would learn that the Canucks had made some adjustments to his deployment in an effort to pump up his trade value, a move that clearly worked. In fact, it worked too well, as his performance in January turned his fans into full-blown cultists. His trade in February shocked and confused everyone — I mean, how can you trade the one true god?
But even those of us who weren’t building a spaceship to Blisstonia were baffled. We tried our best to make sense of the reasoning behind the trade and eventually came to accept it with a few reservations, but at the time, it was hard to imagine anyone ever considering moving this guy out of town. Watching the back half of Hodgson’s 16 goals will take you back to that time.Continue Reading —›
Cody Hodgson may not have had many friends in the Canucks’ organization by the time he left, but he certainly had a lot of fans. His knack for timely, pretty goals saw to that. He was the Canucks’ best offensive prospect in years, which won him more than his fair share of hearts.
As for me, I’m going to be honest: I’m glad he’s gone. Not so much because I didn’t like the way he played — I did — but because he was Vancouver’s version of the cube from Transformers or The Avengers: an unstable, much-ballyhooed cosmic item that just makes everyone fight. The man was a lightning rod for controversy, and he left the Vancouver fanbase in a state of Civil War.
After this post, you’ll understand why people felt so passionately about Hodgson, because reading this post is like only eating the frosting in a pack of Dunkaroos. Since they’re goals, each video takes place in the offensive zone, which is where Hodgson did his best work and where his shortcomings — poor skating and backchecking — were at their least noticeable. Since most people don’t watch players when they don’t have the puck, Hodgson likely looked perfect.
If you don’t keep that in mind as we review his goals, you’re going to get really, really mad. Heck, you might still get mad. Maybe you’re already mad. I don’t know your story. Friendly tip: if you want to sound off, the comments section is below. Friendly warning: if you want to avoid conflict, the comments section is below.Continue Reading —›
On Wednesday, we looked at the first seven goals of Henrik’s 2011-12 season and noted that they weren’t particularly wizardous. Well, don’t worry folks. Henrik just saved all the magic for part two. There are some absolute beauties in this batch of seven, including arguably the best goal of the season. Even the ugly rebound goals are beatified in some way.
Henrik gets a lot of flack for not scoring more often, most of it undeserved considering his role as a playmaker, but these goals makes me wish that he did score more often: they’re just so dang pretty. I want him to score like this all the time.Continue Reading —›
Earlier this month, we celebrated when Mikael Samuelsson signed a contract to re-assimilate into the Borg in Detroit. The Red Wings are, after all, going to be featured on HBO’s 24/7, and something tells us that Samuelsson’s brutal honesty will make his interviews indispensable segments of the program.
If you don’t share our excitement, perhaps you need an example of this brutal honesty. Look no further than a recent interview Samuelsson did with Ronnie Johansson of HockeySvierge.Se, which can be found in the original Swedish here and originally translated by Canucks Army here. During the chat, the former Canuck made it clear that he wasn’t a fan of the Canucks’ front office.Continue Reading —›
The wonderful thing about looking at all the goals scored by a single player over the course of the season is that the tendencies that emerge will sometimes surprise you. Last year, I was surprised to see that Henrik’s goals were far more aesthetically pleasing than Daniel’s goals. While Daniel had the quantity, Henrik had the quality, which legitimately caught me off guard.
This last season, both the quality and the quantity dropped off for Henrik. He scored 14 goals during the 2011-12 campaign, his lowest total in five seasons, with many of them being ugly rebounds and deflections where he was just in the right spot at the right time. That’s not to say that there was no wizardry to any of his goals this season, just that there was often a gap in between the wizardry and the goal that was filled with ugly.
There’s definitely something to be said for ugly goals, of course, which is why I’m about to say something about the first 7 goals of Henrik Sedin’s 2011-12 season.Continue Reading —›
There are some people who were put on this Earth by God to score goals in hockey. Andrew Alberts is not one of those people. Alberts’ purpose in hockey is tied to his size. Because he’s 6’5″ and weighs 215+ lbs, he’s expecting to throw punishing hits and clear out crease crashers. As a stay-at-home defender, he’s expected to use his reach to take away the opponents’ space to maneuver and cut off passing lanes. When he’s at his best, he should be unnoticeable except for the opposition forwards lying in his wake.
Thing is, when you’re a kid playing road hockey, you seldom dream about making the game-winning pokecheck. You don’t give the running play-by-play of your perfect gap control. More than anything else, you dream about scoring the big goal. I’m guessing Alberts was the same way, but things don’t always turn out the way we hope.
But in two games this season, Alberts got to live that dream. While he only scored 2 goals, they were both gamewinners. For once, Alberts was the noticeable hero. Here are those two goals.Continue Reading —›
It’s official: when it comes to arbitration, Mason Raymond and Mike Gillis are just big teases.
For the second straight time, the two camps have settled out of court, with Raymond agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.275 million. It’s a 12.5% paycut from last season, which is good news for fans for two reasons: first, because the Canucks now have a smidgen more cap space, and second, because the flexibility has to have returned to Raymond’s spine for him to bend that far backwards.Continue Reading —›
I’m willing to wager that, if you close your eyes and try to picture Dale Weise scoring a goal, the only thing that comes to mind is the one he potted versus Ottawa. Admittedly, that power move was a thing of beauty (however aided and abetted by Chris Neil, who was supposed to be attempting to stop him), but it was actually one of four times Weise lit the lamp in a Canucks uniform.
It’s hard to picture the others, but that shouldn’t be too surprising — it’s hard to picture much of anything else that Weise did in his first full year. However, as forgettable as his rookie campaign was, I don’t think people quite realize how impressive that makes it. After years of fourth liners that were noticeable for all the wrong reasons, Weise’s steady, unspectacular presence was a tiny revelation.
Granted, an argument like the one above won’t make much of an impact during arbitration, for which Weise filed last week, and frankly, a little more edge to his game wouldn’t hurt. (Imagine if, for instance, he were as abrasive on the ice as he is on Twitter. He’d be beloved in this city.) But still, the early-season waiver claim was notably not terrible this year when that’s what we’ve come to expect from players in his position. In fact, at times, he showed some decent hands. Let these four goals remind you of that.Continue Reading —›
Now that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are off the market, the attention has turned to some of the NHL’s other players who might be on the move this offseason — chief amongst them, Roberto Luongo. The Canucks netminder, who has been quiet (-ish) all spring amid rumours that he’s on the way out, headed to the World Poker championships in Las Vegas this weekend (with the tab picked up by government agency PlayNow.com in a minor controversy).
Suddenly, freed from his hideout in Florida, Luongo has became super available and talkative. As a result, that vacuum of controversy, speculation and offseason rosterbation created by the Parise and Suter signings has been since filled by our old pal Funny Bob.Continue Reading —›
It’s time once again for the annual Canucks roster quiz, which tests your ability to remember of each and every guy that played at least one game for the Vancouver Canucks during the most recent regular season.
This year’s quiz, which features 35 names, isn’t as difficult as last year’s, which called for you to remember 39 players, several of whom were fourth liners and depth defencemen from the team’s mid-season injury rash. But it’s still difficult. The 2011-12 campaign wasn’t that long ago, but I suspect you’ll forget a few names, both because several of these players were forgettable and because Canuck fans are famously, staggeringly, and lovably short-sighted.
Anyway. Good luck.
Helpful hints: the roster is alphabetical. You only have to enter last names. One of the Canucks has a twin.Continue Reading —›
Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.Continue Reading —›
It is time for the final instalment of our 5-part Development Camp Invitees posts. Part one of the defencemen was posted earlier today. Here are the final four invitees, including an intriguing prospect whose season was cut short by a brutal injury, a behemoth with a great name, and the brother of an NHLer.Continue Reading —›