Welcome, Mats Sundin, to Vancouver.Â I will enjoy the six months you spend in our fair city, but I won’t expect to see you for much long afterward.Â In the meantime, I hope that too many deckchairs aren’t reordered to make room for you, because all of that will be torn down at the end […]Read more "Mats Sundin: Summer Rental"
Last week I stopped by the new Irish Heather for a fireside chat about all things hockey with DaveO, ostensibly to promote my team management service, RosterBot. I really enjoyed the chat, and DaveO got me a wee bit tipsy on Kilt Lifter ale and elicited my opinions on hockey (which are always tough to […]Read more "Ian Rides the Canucks’ Rickety Roller Coaster w/ Dave"
With the season firing up last week I encouraged my friends at Terapeak to take a look at the transaction data around the various franchises on eBay.Â Here’s what they came up with … not entirely unexpected.Read more "Most Popular NHL Teams on eBay"
The Canucks picked up Kyle Wellwood on waivers this summer from the Leafs, who apparently gave up on him after three consistent seasons of injury-plagued poor performance. He’s known in the league as an enormously talented player with lots of potential — but just that… potential. Here’s a candid photo of Wellwood’s summer training regime:Read more "Hey Kyle, Do Some Situps!"
It could be said that hockey is a very Canadian sport. It embodies the Canadian values of humility, camaraderie, sportsmanship, egalitarianism, subtlety, respect for tradition, and conservatism. Inside the confines of the rink, hockey players are larger-than-life: aggressive, assertive, and spectacular. Outside the rink? Not so much. This is one of the overriding problems that […]Read more "The NHL needs more Sean Averys"
Finally! It looks like Gary Bettman, whose tenure at the NHL was declared an unequivocal failure by the Toronto Globe & Mail, might be hitting the rocks. The Globe refers to a Toronto Star article which points out that, in a 30-team league, Canada’s 6 hockey clubs drive nearly a third of the NHL’s ticket […]Read more "Bettman on the Hot Seat?"
Like a lot of folks, I’ve never been a fan of Dominic Hasek. Whether it’s his refusal last season to wear his shoulder pads and chest protector while riding the pine backing up other goalies with the Red Wings, or whether it’s his insane attitude when he is on the ice… there’s just so little […]Read more "The Abominator"
Well, I’ve been predicting that Canucks General Manager Dave Nonis would be out and this afternoon at 4:45PM Pacific Time it happened. Facing the utter collapse of the Canucks as a team this summer Nonis was fiddling, chasing down yet another Swede on a team that hasn’t finished a check since Bertuzzi finished a guy’s […]Read more "Is Quinn back IN?"
Apparently, the NHL is recruiting “celebrities” (and I think we need to stop ascribing this title to everyone who has a TV show, given that these days practically everyone does have a TV show) to blog about the NHL during the playoffs. I guess, in some boardroom somewhere, this seemed like a grand idea. Among […]Read more "The NHL Still Doesn’t Get the Web"
The fans who bought tickets to the Canucks vs. Calgary this past Saturday night were not offered discounts. In fact, many fans present at the Garage last night paid extra to catch a glimpse of Trevor Linden’s last game as a Canuck — after two years of consistent abuse and neglect by Canucks management and […]Read more "Saturday was the Longest Day for Luongo"