A Fifty-Fifty Start

The Canucks are halfway through a crucial stretch of the season. Vancouver has completed half of the pre-Olympics portion of their 14-game road trip and have picked up 4 of a possible 8 points after coming back from 2 goals down against the Boston Bruins this afternoon to win in the shootout. For the fourth consecutive game of this trip the Canucks surrendered the first goal of the game. In fact, in all four contests Vancouver has allowed at least two first period goals with goals in the first and last few minutes of the opening frame. In Toronto they managed to come back from 3-0 down to win but weren't so fortunate in Montreal and Ottawa. In Boston, who headed into the game on a nine ...
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More Newbie's and a Trick

In a game the Calgary Flames desperately needed to win, they actually came through and delivered beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Curtis Glencross had a hat-trick and former Maple Flake Matt Stajan scored the other goal as the Flames dominated from start to finish despite loads of penalty trouble. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was again on top of his game, helping lead the Flames back into a tie for the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference. After one of the most jaw-dropping half-week periods Flames history in which 4 roster players were shipped to different addresses and 6 new players were brought on board, the Flames looked composed, energetic and looked, if I can say it, good....

Panic! at the Dome

The Flames have officially pressed the panic button. Losing 10 of your last 11 games is not fun and usually signals change on a professional sports team. To add into the fact that you play in a Canadian fish bowl where every move is over-scrutinized to the extreme, you cannot help but think that the Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter made a move that he did not necessarily want to make but simply, had to make. Sutter officially traded away Olli Jokinen not even a year since acquiring him from the Phoenix Coyotes. So the Flames, in essence, actually traded Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust Version 1, Brandon Prust Version 2 and a First round pick in the upcoming 2010 Draft for Ales Kotalik...

The "TRADES" That Rocked the Dome-UPDATE

Sorry I couldn't get this up sooner...work got in the way. To Toronto: Dion Phaneuf- 7mill Fredrik Sjostrom- .750 Million Keith Aulie- Prospect Total $: 7.750 Million To Calgary Niklas Hagman- 3 Mill +2 yrs Matt Stajan- 1.75 mill-UFA Ian White-.950 mill-RFA Jamal Mayers-1.4 mill-UFA Total: $7.1 Million When I first heard about the deal I went through a series of emotions from shock, to anger, to curiosity, and finally acceptance. Here is how the trade breaks down in my eyes. The Flames lose a player in Dion Phaneuf who has loads of potential and at the ripe age of 24 has yet to fully reach his prime. He will most likely move on to Toronto and flourish, muc...

Someone Has To Win, Right?

Well if this is not the perfect time to face the lowly Oilers, I do not know what is. Coming off of 9, yes 9, consecutive losses, the Flames look to ‘bump the slump’ against the worst team in the NHL on Saturday night. The only solace Flames fans have these days is the fact that the Oilers have lost more in a row (12) and occupy the very bottom of the NHL standings (Ouch). That being said at least the Oilers are due for a top pick in this years upcoming NHL Entry draft, whereas if the Flames continue to slump they have no such guarantee( The Flames traded their Number one pick in the Jokinen deal last year). Good news is that the Flames have feasted on the Oilers this year, winni...

Tough Guys

There are many NHL teams that covet players who are considered to be tough guys. Such players like Carcillo, Ott and Laraque can earn a very good living from playing the role of a pugilist or for administering bone-shaking body checks to opposing players. Some even act as a bodyguard who protect their teams’ star player. Athletes who compete at this level can often be admired by both fans and coaches for the ability to display a combination of toughness and skill. When you consider which current members of the Vancouver Canucks roster fit the role of the teams aggressors, most would agree that the likes of Rypien, Hordichuk and relative newcomer Tanner Glass are the teams resident h...

Make it Eight

Heartbroken. Disappointed. Frustrated. All words that describe how the Flames must feel right now. The Flames lost their 8th consecutive game tonight despite holding a lead going into the final period. They fought hard in the 2nd, arguably their best period, but let one squeak by them with only 24 seconds left in the period to cut their lead in half. This event, one of two goals to bank off of Flames defensemen tonight, was the turning point of the evening. The Flames went into their ‘prevent defence’ formation in the 3rd and let Dallas dictate the flow of the period. The Flames managed only 5 shots in the 3rd and overtime before falling in the shootout. For the first time in ...

Canucks Bid Farewell To G.M. Place


Mason Raymond scored two goals and Christian Ehrhoff scored the game winning goal in the third period as the Canucks capped off a perfect 4-game home stand with a 3-2 victory over the St.Louis Blues. This win also marks the last time the Vancouver Canucks will play at General Motors in over a month as they embark on their 14-game road trip. The Canucks, fans and media have had this stretch of games circled on their calendars since the schedule was released last summer and it has finally arrived. With the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games now just 16 days away the Canucks will hand over the keys to VANOC who will now prepare G.M. Place for the Olympics when it will be called Cana...

Back To Normal For Canucks and CBC

It has been a pretty controversial couple of weeks for the Vancouver Canucks starting with the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger incident on January 8th. On January 16th, Ron Maclean of CBC spent 11-minutes of Hockey Night in Canada siding with Auger and discounting everything Burrows said. The Canucks responded by blackballing CBC last Saturday and declined to do any interviews despite a big 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks. This ongoing feud has been covered in great lengths in the media but it looks like things have finally been resolved. Canucks GM Mike Gillis and team spokesman T.C. Carling had a conference call with Scott Moore, head of CBC Sports and Sherali Najak, CBC HNIC executiv...
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