Archive for May, 2013

And the axe falls – Vancouver Canucks fire Alain Vigneault, assistants

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

He’s the franchise leader in wins in the 42-year history of the Vancouver Canucks, but that didn’t save Alain Vigneault from being the NHL’s latest coaching casualty. The Canucks fired Vigneault, as well as assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Browne today after the team was ousted in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row.

With Coach V gone, who takes over as the Canucks' bench boss?

After being hired in 2006, Vigneault amassed a regular season record of 313-170-57, a Jack Adams award in 2007 and was one win away from a Stanley Cup championship in 2011. While not many expect Coach V to be out of work for too long given his resume, there was a feeling that he was losing his ability to motivate his lineup after over 6 years in Vancouver. Two years removed from the 2011 Stanley Cup final and despite continuing to win the Northwest division title, the Canucks have had lethargic showings down the stretch and in the playoffs. Their inability to score goals in the post-season has been well-documented, and calls for change could no longer be ignored after another disappointing finish this year. Vigneault’s dismissal is probably just the beginning of changes for the Canucks this summer, with an impatient fan base recognizing that the window to win for this group is rapidly closing.

With the coaching position now vacant, who do you think should take over behind the Canucks bench? There is no shortage of qualified candidates, with the likes of ex-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and Marlies boss Dallas Eakins potentially available.

San Jose Sharks sweep Canucks out of the playoffs with 4-3 OT win in Game 4

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

At the beginning of the 2013 NHL playoffs, the quarterfinal series between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks was predicted by many to be a tight one. Two teams with similar styles, talent, playoff histories and something to prove made for a compelling matchup that seemed destined to go the distance.

How wrong we were.

Video: CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada kicks off the 2013 NHL Playoffs

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

There are many reasons to watch the NHL playoffs. It’s exciting, high-stakes hockey where drama and the passion of the players boils over in the pursuit of that glorious silver Stanley Cup.

One of the things I personally look forward to when the playoffs roll around is watching CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada flex its creative muscle with its wonderfully-made video montages. Mike Brehm from USA TODAY sums it up quite nicely:

Two reasons to tune in to Hockey Night in Canada for the playoffs: To see if Don Cherry says anything controversial and to view CBC’s opening playoff montage video.

Here is the aforementioned intro, which highlights the 60 years of coverage by the venerable Canadian institution:

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