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It’s Vancouver Canucks day on PHT

Aug 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Our final team is the Vancouver Canucks.

It took a while for the Canucks to shake off the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, but they eventually soldiered on and managed a second consecutive Presidents Trophy. The Los Angeles Kings made it certain that the 2012 postseason wouldn’t be a long one, however, dispatching Vancouver in five games.

The Roberto Luongo saga still needs to be sorted out, and depending on who they acquire that way, the Canucks could see some extra gains.

If nothing else, Vancouver continued its tradition of adding noteworthy free agent defensemen (see: Hamhuis, Dan) by landing hard-shooting blueliner Jason Garrison.

The Canucks lost some defensive depth otherwise in Sami Salo and Aaron Rome, yet many believe Garrison’s addition will tower over those subtractions.

Beyond that, the Canucks hope to see rebounds from the likes of Ryan Kesler, who underwent offseason surgery.

Stay tuned with PHT for plenty of stories on these regular contenders.

  1. ron05342 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM


    • elvispocomo - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      I think someone needs their nap time or they get grumpy!

      • ron05342 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        ha ha, not so much a comment on the Canucks but this whole “review 30 teams in 30 days,” which really hasn’t been very illuminating or an in-depth analysis.

        But just focusing on the Pens and Flyers earlier in July was entertainment enough in the comments section, so I guess it was worthwhile in the end.

      • itsallniceonice - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        I’d have to agree Ron. Insight and analysis have been pretty sub par. Could be though that the excellent writers at PFT and PST have spoiled me with great writing and analysis for almost all articles.

      • elvispocomo - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        @Ron: Understandable, but if you expect the content of the first article to be pretty pedantic stuff (like the others have been) why bother reading them?

        They are almost a placeholder to let people know what’s coming up and give them an idea they might want to pay attention if their favourite (or least favourite) team is due up. I’ve stuck to mostly the offseason reports and any of the specific articles for that reason.

    • polegojim - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Frankly – I thought it was quite well done… have you been following the similar format on

      I like the concise way that PHT writers have handled this.

  2. DTF31 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    The comments today are bound to be the most entertaining part

  3. mclovinhockey - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I imagine it is hard for the PHT writers. For me you would need 30 die hard fans who can evaluate their team and the league both fully and without bias. Not to mention they need to be able to write.

    • Human Cannonball - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      This is why I’ve been waiting for Canucks Day on PHT, because besides being a fan I first started reading Mike Halford and Jason Brough on the Orlando Kurtenblog, the official Canucks blog of The Province newspaper. These guys should have plenty of insight (and maybe some incite) for the readers of PHT.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        Orlando Kurtenblog?

        Anyway, typical “Canuck luck” that this team’s day in the sun happens to fall on the same day a new and fairly interesting development happens in CBA negotiations.

      • mclovinhockey - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        Very good point.

  4. pithockey - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Yes! Last day of this!

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