Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Even though I knew Pat Quinn wasn’t well, I was shocked and saddened by the news of his death. I never met the man, but it is still an intensely personal loss. There are about a million Pat Quinn stories out there, all of them describing a fine man, a man who was widely respected […]

Emotionally Canuck fans were delighted by the decision to bring Trevor Linden back into the organization. He is the most popular player in team history and while he was not born in the city, he has become a Vancouver boy. Everyone really wants to see him succeed. If he accomplishes nothing else this summer, Trevor […]

It has been a long time since Vancouver was effectively eliminated from the playoffs this early and even longer since the Canucks have had such a disappointing season. (Vancouver has not been mathematically eliminated, of course, and the team will pretend they still have a chance for a while yet, but for me the loss […]

One of the most annoying things about Don Cherry is his habit of reminding viewers how smart he is when one of his predictions hits the mark. “I told you so” does not work very well in the pundit business. First, he is supposed to be right, so it isn’t a very impressive claim. Second, […]

Daniel Wagner doesn’t really criticise John Tortorella for deciding to bench David Booth against the Islanders, but he does make it clear that the explanation for the move “Booth hasn’t been doing enough to play” is bunk. Daniel puts the best explanation possible on Tortorella’s decision: Ultimately, it’s Tortorella’s call. If this is about sending […]

I did not actually make a decision to stop blogging last January. The “season” started and I intended to keep writing. I even started a few posts. For one reason or another, I wasn’t happy with any of the results and abandoned them. One problem was that I found it very difficult to stomach the […]

I don’t have all that much to say about the fact that Pavel Bure finally made the cut and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clearly he belongs. I am happy for Bure because I’m sure he cares and he is easily my all time favourite player. Still, it doesn’t do anything to […]

Tyler Dellow has a couple of posts up about drafting strategy and what type of young player teams should be seeking. This is a subject I thought a lot about at the time the current CBA was signed and I haven’t changed my mind very much since then. Tyler, of course, is actually looking at […]

Ben Kuzma thinks Alain Vigneault should be fired for all the usual silly reasons. Nobody will have to hold a tag day for Alain if he is let go – he will be immediately snapped up by a team that wants to employ one of the elite coaches in the game – but I find […]

It was a disappointing end to an enjoyable season. The series could have easily gone the other way, but in the end, the Kings deserved to win. The Canucks didn’t play very well in the second half of the season – they didn’t play as well as their record – so I don’t think Canucks […]