Separating Dan Cloutier the player from Dan Cloutier the coach

When the news came out that Dan Cloutier had been hired by the Canucks as a goaltending coach, fans were quick with the jeers, jabs, and jokes. For most Canucks fans, the main memory they have of Cloutier comes from the first round of the 2002 playoffs, when Nicklas Lidstrom scored from centre ice.

That goal broke the 1-1 tie in game three with the Canucks up 2-0 in the series. Detroit would go on to win the game 3-1, the series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup.

In the 2003 playoffs, Cloutier lost his composure in the second round against the Minnesota Wild, going after Dwayne Roloson in a melee at the end of the second period of game five after giving up 6 goals already. The Canucks were up 3-1 in the series at that point; the Wild won that game and the next two to comeback and win the series, scoring 9 goals on Cloutier in the final two games.

In 2004, after the best season of his career, Cloutier was robbed of the chance to make amends for his previous playoff collapses with an ankle injury that took him out of the playoffs. The subsequent NHL lockout took away another opportunity for redemption and injuries ended his 2005-06 season. After that, the Canucks acquired Roberto Luongo and Cloutier was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, leaving his only legacy as a Canuck one of bitter disappointment.

None of that matters one bit when it comes to the Canucks hiring him as a goaltending coach.

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Kevin Bieksa gets a ticket, and other great moments in Canucks automotive history

In case you haven’t heard, the NHL collective bargaining agreement expired at 9pm PST on Saturday night, meaning the second work stoppage in seven years is officially upon us. (Alert status: complete despair.) No games have been canceled yet, but the lockout is already beginning to affect things. On Monday, a handful of Canucks skated at UBC with their practice jerseys turned inside-out. After all, they aren’t employees of the Canucks right now. Horrifying.

And that wasn’t the only tangible impact the lockout had on the Canucks’ unemployed hockey players. With no training staff around to keep an eye on the clock, Kevin Bieksa’s parking meter expired. He returned to his car to discover he’d been busted by officer 300, the Judge Dredd of parking services officers. Bieksa now has until the end of the month to pay the $30 ticket before it doubles to $60. Will this wreak havoc on his lockout preparation fund?

Yeah, he can probably afford it, which means there isn’t much of a story here. It’s a shame his violation was 11b (expired meter), and not, say, violation 13g (nuisance) or violation 7k (counterfeit pass). I mean, that would have at least made things interesting.

But what we lack in one quality parking story we can more than make up for in quantity. This is, after all, just the latest in a long line of parking incidents for members of the Vancouver Canucks. Come with us as we park multiple times on memory lane.

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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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