2013 in Review: An exhaustive Canucks retrospective

It’s time, once again, for PITB’s annual, exhaustive, retrospective compilation of all the major Canucks stories of the year that was, and in order to get a sense of this year, we turn you over to what we wrote about 2012.

“It was like 2012 didn’t even try,” we said. “Come on, 2012. You embarrassed yourself. (On the bright side, there’s almost no way 2013 can suck this much.)”

So, yeah. About that. 2013 was pretty bad. Was it worse than 2012? That’s debatable. But it’s close, and part of me suspects it might be our fault for saying it couldn’t be.

That in mind, let’s try a different approach this time around. At least 2014 can’t get any better, right? Here’s our year in review.

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Stick in Link: A little more of Jannik Hansen; goaltending decisions for Sochi

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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The top 16 Vancouver Canucks saves of 2013

We’ve counted down the top 30 goals from 2013 and now it’s time to give the goaltenders their due.

This is a slightly more difficult task. Every goal from the past year is recorded and archived, for goals are relatively rare occurrences in the grand scheme of things. Saves, on the other hand, are extremely numerous. As a rough estimate, there is an average of 60 shots per game and around 5 goals, which means saves outnumber goals by around 11-to-1.

As a result, there are some superb saves that get noted during the game and are immediately forgotten afterwards, at best buried in a post-game highlight package.

Some saves, however, are good enough to be uploaded to YouTube for posterity, whether by the NHL, the official Canucks account, or various fans. From those saves, we selected the 16 best Canucks saves of 2013.

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