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A Bad Loss By The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

If Willie comes back from this and lasts the season, he has to be a shape-shifting android assassin with a body made of liquid metal.

After two periods, he instructed his team to “go out and go after it.”

They did anything but.

You’re up 3-0 and you’re the 2016-17 Canucks. They did what most people probably thought they’d do.

They pissed their pants.

“We couldn’t sit back, we had to go after it,” Willie explained.

“Basically keep playing the same way. We couldn’t sit back and let them come to us.”

If you look at the shot clock (17-3 in the third), or if you watched the game, you were probably left yelling at clouds because you think the Canucks sat back.


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Identifying The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

So back to this question of identity. As it stands now, the Canucks are defined by mostly negative traits. They’re the team that can’t score. They’re the team that’s too easy to play against. They’re the team that doesn’t defend particularly well. They’re the team that doesn’t win very often.

Something, eventually, is going to give here, whether Desjardins is whacked or there are changes farther up the food chain. That’s starting to feel like an inevitability but before the Canucks do anything, first they have to decide what they are.

By now, they must understand no one is buying the notion this is a playoff team. What they can sell, however, is a coherent, consistent rebuilding plan that is committed to youth. In fairness, they’re moving that way with Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin on the blue-line but it still makes zero sense to have Jake Virtanen in the press box when Jack Skille is dressed.

This approach isn’t going to change their season. But at least it would provide a clear message to the fan base. This is who we are. This is where we’re going. If they can find a style that works with the kids, so much the better.


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A Slow Start For Loui Eriksson In Vancouver And Jimmy Howard Could Be A Good Option For Las Vegas

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Slow adjustment for Eriksson

Three years ago, following his arrival from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin trade, Loui Eriksson had a tough time adjusting in Boston. It’s looking like Eriksson is experiencing a similar break-in period in Vancouver. The cerebral wing had scored just once in his first 15 games. Eriksson had two goals in his first eight games in Boston before John Scott knocked him out with a concussion. That year, Eriksson posted an 8.7 percent shooting percentage, second lowest of his career following his rookie season (7.7 percent). This season, Eriksson is burying pucks at just a 4.2 percent clip, well off his career rate of 13.7 percent. Eriksson’s other numbers, however, are doing just fine. He has been his regular puck-possession self, recording a team-high 56.0 Corsi For percentage. He is leading Vancouver forwards by averaging 19:03 of ice time, indicating the trust he’s earned from his coaches. Bad luck doesn’t last forever. Eriksson’s production is due for a spike.

Howard may be a good gamble

Jimmy Howard has come to accept that long term, Petr Mrazek is Detroit’s ace. But Howard also has accepted that if he continues his current pace of play, Las Vegas will be sure to spend one of its expansion picks on the ex-University of Maine netminder. Through seven appearances, Howard was 4-2-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Howard’s deeper numbers are also excellent: a .969 even-strength save percentage (just shy of Carey Price’s .971 standard) and a .938 mark during opposing power plays (Price was .880). Howard’s done all this behind a team that has chased the puck more than it’s controlled it. Howard was formerly an aggressive goalie. He’s playing a quieter game this season, settling back in his crease and waiting for plays to approach. Howard is signed through 2019 at $5,291,667 annually.

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How To Handle The Rookies

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

After the last pre-season game last fall, the Detroit Red Wings were faced with a vexing decision. Dylan Larkin had not only proved himself to the best rookie through training camp and the exhibition games, he was their best player. Rookie coach Jeff Blashill went to GM Ken Holland and told him that if he was going to have a chance to succeed as the Wings new coach, he needed Larkin in the lineup.

Holland complied, but told Blashill in no uncertain terms that if Larkin was either seeing spot duty on the fourth line or sitting up in the press box as a healthy scratch, the young man would be immediately sent to the minors. And when Larkin approached the Red Wings about leaving college and signing with them in the summer of 2015, essentially going all in and betting on himself, Holland told him that if he were looking out of the window of a bus going from Grand Rapids to Rockford in the middle of December, to remember that it was his decision to turn pro.

That, ladies and gentleman, is how you handle a young NHL player. It has obviously all worked out rather well for Larkin, but if it hadn’t he’d have joined fellow prospect Anthony Mantha grooming himself in the American League. The Red Wings have long been identified as a team that allows its prospect to become overripe and it seems to have worked out pretty well for them.

Let’s contrast that with the Vancouver Canucks. Faced with the decision on two 19-year-old players – Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann – the Canucks opted to keep both players. (Keeping in mind, of course, that the Canucks did not have the option to send either player to the AHL. Both had to either stay with the Canucks or go back to junior hockey.) Just over a year later, McCann has already been traded and is seeing fourth-line duty in Florida and Virtanen, after playing 10 games in the NHL and registering just one assist, was recently sent to the minors for a two-game attempt to try to have him find his game.

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The Sedin Twins Are Not Giving up

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It was just over three years ago -- on Nov. 1, 2013 -- that Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin signed matching four-year contract extensions with the Vancouver Canucks.

The did so with a clear, shared thought in mind: that by the time those contracts expired and the twins were 37 years old, they would have helped the next generation of core Canucks players take over the team and could each enjoy their last few years in supporting roles.

That certainly remains the plan, although I would argue the clock is ticking on said plan.

"That's what we're hoping for, it's what we've said all along," Henrik, the team's captain, told ESPN.com on Friday. "No one would be happier if someone came in and we were second-liners when this ended. That would be great, because that would mean we were a very competitive team. We're not going to give it to them. We're going to fight the best we can to be the leading guys [because] it's where we want to be and we feel like we still have it in us.''


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About The Nazem Kadri Hit On Daniel Sedin

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Look, I understand it’s hard to weigh in on this subject without sounding like a complete homer but, really, who cares at this point? The hit made contact with Sedin’s head. It also came from behind, it was late and it was delivered by a repeat offender.

In short, it satisfied any criteria for a dangerous play. And for the NHL to hide behind its interpretation of the rulebook and some precedent that’s unfamiliar to anyone outside the department of player safety is the worst kind of joke.

This is precisely the kind of hit the league has been trying to take out of the game for over a decade but, with this decision, they’ve sent the clear message that maybe it’s not that big a deal; that under some circumstances, you can track a player from behind, launch yourself at him and contact his head when he’s at his most vulnerable.


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Morning Line- Jason Botchford On The Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks came to Toronto the laughingstock of the NHL. It wasn’t just because they had been shut out four times in five games. It was because they looked like the Leafs did at the end of the Mats Sundin era....

The results were ugly, on the scoreboard and on the ice. The Leafs could have probably beat the 10-goal total Columbus put up on Montreal Friday night if they had any luck.

But they didn’t seem content to just run the Canucks out of the building with goals.

Yes, the Canucks scored. And more than once. What the Canucks lacked in structure, they made up for with goals.

But really, they were exposed for being too old, too slow and too injured, missing both Alex Edler and Chris Tanev.

-Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province after Vancouver lost to Toronto 6-3.  It was Vancouver's eighth straight loss too.  More on the Canucks from Botchford.

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Videos- Nazem Kadri Charging Major


06:42 Toronto Nazem Kadri - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:42 Toronto Nazem Kadri - Charging Major - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Instigator - 2 minutes

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Mike Condon’s Debut With Ottawa Is Perfect With A 1-0 Shutout Over Vancouver

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Mike Condon had no time for any bells and whistles before stepping into the net for the Ottawa Senators Thursday.

He was wearing a Brand X all-white mask, which looked like it might have been grabbed directly off the shelf of the local sporting goods store.

“We threw a couple of (Senators) stickers on there somewhere,” Condon says. “And my mask guy is on vacation for the next 10 days. I guess I’m going to have to find somebody else.”

In the big picture, it’s a tiny detail in the Senators ever-changing crease.

Condon, 26, certainly had other matters racing through his mind as he flew from Los Angeles to Ottawa Wednesday immediately after being traded here from the Penguins. Adjusting on the fly has quickly become part of the deal in the crazy career of the Princeton grad. Perhaps it only makes sense that he’s ambidextrous, given all the twists and turns and changes in direction he has experienced.

“You guys can look at my (resume) and see how many teams I’ve been on,” says Condon, who is blessed with a healthy sense of humour. “I’m used to the new locker room, the new systems. It’s nice being a goalie. You’ve got one job. It’s keeping the black circle from crossing the red line, so no difficult systems to learn there.”


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He Shoots, He Doesn’t Score Becoming The Description For The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Even when everything is going the Canucks way, it hurts to watch.

The Canucks don’t just look bad, they look helpless.

They had more than 40 shots. It felt like they could have had 400 and still lost.

They came here to start their longest road trip of the year and did almost everything they wanted. They controlled zone time. They drew penalties, probably had more power plays than they could have dreamed of.

And they shot the puck. Boy, did they ever, outshooting the Montreal Canadiens 42-21 in a 3-0 loss.


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