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Canucks / The Botchford Project

Hög’s Plan: To teammates and coaches, Nils Höglander’s rookie experience is one like no other

Editors’ note: the following is an excerpt from my article written for the Vancouver Canucks as part of The Botchford Project mentorship program. Thank you so much to everyone who made this opportunity possible! Jumping into the National Hockey League can sometimes present a wide array of challenges for new players. What Nils Höglander has […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 15): The Habs’ Gambit

I so many questions about the Montreal Canadiens that I’d like answered. Who are the Canadiens? Also, what are the Canadiens? And why are the Canadiens? No matter how you slice it, the Canadiens are a team that don’t make much sense. One week they’ll play such inspired hockey that people will call them a […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 14): Jets and Leafs turns bitter while Canucks grab top spot

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs just around the corner – barring any more problems with COVID-19 – the intensity within the North Division has been picking up with every passing week. And it all came to a head on Thursday and Saturday, when the Jets and Maple Leafs locked horns during a chaotic two game […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 13): Canucks make statement return from COVID

It’s not often your weekly column is forced to take a two week hiatus. But when a massive COVID outbreak hit the Canucks and put the team out of commission, suddenly it was really hard to make funny jokes. In fact, it still kind of is. The Canucks finally returned to ice tonight against the […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Why there’s no North Division Power Rankings this week

Normally this is the time of the week where my North Division Power Rankings go, a weekly bit where I crack one liners about all seven Canadian teams and how they’re doing. But there’s something important going on in Vancouver that makes it really hard to be funny. The number of positive COVID tests sweeping […]

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The CreaseCast

#WearAMask | April 2, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the newest wave of positive COVID tests on the Canucks, Thatcher Demko’s new contract and Kole Lind joining the Vancouver taxi squad. 00:00 A message from Editor Lach 06:37 Canucks get more positive COVID tests 37:40 Thatcher Demko gets 5 year, $25M extension 01:05:24 Kole Lind joins […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 12): Goalies, Goalies, Goalies

This season has been rough on everybody. But not many have it rougher than Anton Forsberg. Forsberg had started the season off on the right foot, earning a one year, $700K deal from the Edmonton Oilers in October to join their taxi squad behind the established duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. But what […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 11): A Division UnMarvelled

When an NHL season is streaking by as quickly as this 2021 campaign has, one might need a little break from sports every now and then. A hockey palate cleanser, if you will. For me, that’s come in the form of the new Marvel television series that’ve been arriving on Disney+; starting with WandaVision, that […]

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The CreaseCast

Veni Vidi Vesey (ft. Bryan Bastin) | March 19, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks’ latest OT win over the Canadiens, JT Miller’s sudden turn into Captain Clutch, Vancouver claiming Jimmy Vesey off waivers, the depth scoring work of Adam Gaudette, the loss of Tanner Pearson to injury, Thatcher Demko’s Vezina caliber play and what his upcoming contract might look […]

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The CreaseCast

Hawryluk of the Irish | March 16, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks victories over the Senators and Oilers, Jayce Hawryluk and the influx of speed in the Canucks’ bottom six, did Tanner Pearson trick Colin White?, Francesco Aquilini is tweeting again, Erik Karlsson’s comments about the Sharks “reset” and if Alex Ovechkin can break Wayne Gretzky’s goals […]