Trying to get inside the heads of those that determine who gets to enter an athletic hall of fame is an impossible task, no matter the sport.  The mechanics of every hall of fame are distinct and the appointments often controversial.  The Hockey Hall of Fame (“HHOF”) is no exception.  And likely ripe for a proper [...]

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Just because Christian Ehrhoff’s contractual rights were dealt today to the New York Islanders doesn’t mean absolutely that he’ll wide up in Wang’s World when the season starts, but the simple fact that he reportedly turned down the same offer that Kevin Bieksa got (including a no trade clause) is mind boggling.  There is no doubt that Ehrhoff will command [...]

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Standing at the intersection of Granville and Robson at midnight a full four hours after the Canucks’ game two win, it was easy to get swallowed up by the collective good vibrations from the epicentre of it all. So moved by this experience, we were motivated to prepare a blog entry to celebrate this uniquely Vancouver happening.

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And while we had hoped this headline might apply to the Canucks’ franchise 40 year Stanley Cup drought, we are relieved that this season (the longest ever in team history) has finally come to an end. And while, upon reflection, it will become a season to celebrate, right now it’s impossible to feel anything but disappointment. [...]

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After another decisive road loss during a post season that has had its share of dizzying heights and now back-breaking lows (with all apologies to Mason Raymond), the members of good ship Canuck were all heard to declare they had once again turned the page and were only thinking about game 7.  At this time [...]

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So what kind of Canucks’ blog goes two days between posts with a Stanley Cup hanging in the balance?  Well, this one.  And for that we apologize.  But these are almost unprecedented times, and Friday’s game left us a little speechless.  And our weekend at Hockey Night in Canada’s “Play-On 4 on 4″ street hockey tourney had [...]

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In light of the Canucks’ disastrous trip to Boston, we expect some significant line-up tweaks from the occasionally esteemed Coach Vigneault. During the last Canucks’ meltdown (the first round near suicide swoon against Chicago), we threw out some ideas for roster changes (see our April 23rd posting where we recommended reuniting Ryan Kesler and Alex [...]

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Clearly, there is no easy path to the glory.  And if there is, the Canucks mostly refuse to follow it.  And when they do, they get dragged into the alley. Yes, there is plenty wrong in Canuck land right now.  Roberto Luongo seems incapable of making a big save to bail out a team that [...]

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Today the overlords at the NHL discipline department did the unprecedented.  Yes, in the Colin Campbell era, there was never this type of expediency and over-reaching. You must feel for Aaron Rome, a player with a clean record and a player who was in interim discipline chief Mike Murphy’s words, involved in a “typical hockey [...]

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After what could only be considered a successful first period, the Canucks’ world unraveled.  And when it was all over the Canucks were the victims of the second biggest Stanley Cup Final blow out in NHL history.  Meanwhile, Premier Christy Clark was seen lighting an Olympic cauldron. And while we certainly expected the Bruins to finally get [...]

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With the Canucks in full command of a series that they could just as easily be trailing two games to nothing, you have to like their chances to finish off the Bruins sooner rather than later. No doubt the Boston faithful feel that their team is most unlucky to be returning to Beantown without at least [...]

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We hate having to jump on board this story, but at this point you have to ask yourself, what is more miraculous, Manny’s recovery or the infinite legs that this story seems to have? In his very short time here, Malhotra, a one-time prized prospect, first round draft pick and a player on his third team in three years, is [...]

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Okay, so there’s only been three.  But they’ve all been memorable and entertaining games decided on literally the game’s final play. Last night’s tilt ended in somewhat similar fashion to the Canucks’ last game one Stanley Cup Final appearance, when another Greg Adams overtime winner earned the Canucks (and mostly Kirk McLean with 52 saves) [...]

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With all the furor around town as the seemingly well washed masses clamour for every bit of Canuck property they can get their wealthy hands on, here’s a little ticket cost history lesson for you. In 1982, the Canucks’ first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, the cost of our (yes, we were there) seats [...]

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With the Canucks now just four wins away from Canada’s first Stanley Cup in 18 years, you’d think that the head talking head at the CBC might be just a little more complimentary of Canada’s team. Despite predicting the Canucks’ game 5 victory against San Jose (dandy Don even got the score right), it’s hardly like [...]

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 The lexicon of sport is riddled with mantras that are so oft repeated, they sometimes sound hollow. And as the battles intensify, the calls of our “best players need to be our best players”, “we’ve got to leave it all out there”, and “you gotta be good to be lucky” can be heard everywhere.  And [...]

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And no, it’s not because we want to have more to write about.  And no, we are not part of the ownership group who stand to make even more millions if the Sharks can extend this series to seven games.  And yes, we are really being facetious.  Or somewhat.  Please play along – there is method [...]

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Fresh from their turn-the-other-cheek successes against neaderthalic Ben Eager and with judgment day clearly on the horizon (today, if you believe it), you’d have expected the Canucks to be the men without sin on Friday night. But the rollercoaster ride of this post-season reached another free fall instead as the suddenly undisciplined Canucks wound up taking ten minor [...]

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On a night where Ben Eager ran around trying to settle scores, the Canucks again showed that, for now, they are the more determined team. Clearly, Eager hasn’t been paying attention to how the Canucks operate this season.  If you take liberties and wind up in the box, they will make you pay.  Again.  And [...]

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Poor Roberto Luongo, the guy can’t catch a break. One day after winning his first ever Conference Final game, he was the front page sports story in the Vancouver Province under the headline “Winner Takes Fall”. As we all know, the Vancouver media and fan base are a manic lot. And Luongo, as the highest [...]

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In a game where the Canucks outshot, outchanced and outhit their opposition, the final 3-2 result was a just one. And while Sharks’ fans will be bitterly complaining about a phantom Dany Heatley elbowing penalty that gave the Canucks the chance for the game-winning tally, the biggest factor in the Sharks having the lead for most of the [...]

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While we would have preferred to see the Canucks play the Wings, a battle with the Sharks has no shortage of interesting story lines.  In fact, over the course of the last ten seasons, after Detroit, the Sharks and Canucks are the winningest teams in the Western Conference (and the third and fourth winningest teams [...]

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Vancouver’s panicky faithful often drag our 40 years of mediocrity around like some cross to bear.  But in a post-season that has featured more than enough Canuck dizzying heights and close calls for the eager fan-base, we should be thankful we’re not backing the San Jose Sharks. Though only 19 years old, the Sharks have experienced tremendous [...]

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Indeed, it is time to cue up the Bon Jovi; the Canucks are half way there. But forget about “Livin’ On a Prayer”, for this team it’s clearly “Livin’ On a Kesler”.

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On a night where Ryan Kesler continued his remarkable play (has there ever been a Canuck playoff performer post a three game run of this dominance?), the Sedins were again noticeable for all the wrong reasons

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