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Can Leafs Brian Burke Survive the Phil Kessel Signing?

November 14th, 2010 No Comments

OK, it’s been awhile since Brian Burke was the GM for the Vancouver Canucks, 2004 in fact. But having watched him work as a GM, his tendencies for a quick win solution have never left him where ever he has gone. Before I relate what this has to with the Phil Kessel trade, let’s look back at his time in Vancouver. In June of 1998 Burke was hired by the Canucks as the GM, and operated as such until 2004 when his contract was not renewed. Upon his arrival he already had the likes of Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund, Todd Bertuzzi, Brian McCabe, Pavel Bure, Mark Messier, Alex Mogilny and Adrian Aucoin.

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Parity in the NHL and Why it’s Good for the League

November 8th, 2010 No Comments

Well, you wanted parity in the NHL, you got it. Take a look around at the standings in the Eastern and Western Conference if you’re wondering what I’m talking about. Fourteen games into the season and the top eight teams in the East are separated by five points (20-15), the bottom eight by six (15-9). The standings change on a daily basis and it only takes a brief winning streak to go from a non play-off spot to the top five.

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The NHL’s Best Duo Over the last Five Seasons

October 26th, 2010 No Comments

Is there a better twosome that plays on the same line in the NHL these days, than Henrik and Daniel Sedin? I mean who knew that the Twins would evolve into such consistent scoring machines. Being picked in the 1999 NHL Entry draft as the number two and three in the first round, was in itself a great accomplishment. That will go down as Brian Burke’s best drafting move he’s pulled off to date. Not that the Vancouver fans took to them in their early years, as they were unceremoniously dubbed with some unflattering titles, such as the “Sisters”.

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The Blackhawks Keep Canucks Winless on the Road

October 21st, 2010 No Comments

  That number would be four, as in no wins on the road courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 shoot-out victory. Roberto Luongo rebounded from a poor game in Minnesota the night before with a stellar performance allowing only one goal in regulation and none in overtime. Problem is he has yet to stop one opponent in two shoot-outs, allowing six goals on six shots. That adds up to two possible points being lost and this two-game road trip ends with one out of a possible four points. The positive in this was the way the Canucks responded, with all players contributing. But it was Luongo who set the tone. The Hawks came out flying and had posted six shots on net before the game was five minutes old.

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The 2010/11 Top Place Finishers in the NHL Western Conference

October 6th, 2010 3 Comments

  NW Division Hey, it’s countdown time to the start of the season and time to look at who may win the divisions in the Western Conference. Obviously this is all subjective, since it depends which team you might be rooting for but if you have followed the trades and personnel changes, then the following choices may make sense. Vancouver Canucks to finish first in their division has been touted since the summer after the signings of the following players: Keith Ballard, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra and Raffi Torres.

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The Vancouver Canucks Young Prospects Go Star-Less Against The Edmonton Oilers

September 13th, 2010 No Comments

I’m not going to get into the Roberto Luongo captaincy topic that has been regurgitated so much it looks like milk curd, because it’s old news by now anyways. What I’d like to do is discuss the Young Stars Tournament game last night between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks prospects.

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