Ryan Kesler

Blame for Canucks' first round defeat to the Sharks starts at the top

In the end, it was a disaster which was surprisingly easy to predict. The inconvenient evidence has been accumulating since the trade deadline all the way back in 2012 — when Canucks management...

Mike Gillis' very bad, very uncharacteristic year

If there’s a word which summarizes the Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman philosophical approach to running a sports franchise it would be this: Control. Not in the sense of micromanagement or outright...

Once ‘arrogant’ Canucks now look like they’re just going through the motions

When you get to the end of most long, multi-installment film franchises you’re usually treated to a clumsy pile of recycled, familiar elements that are trotted out to replicate previous successes....

Complacent Canucks riding for a fall

You have to wonder how much Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis identifies with Kevin Spacey’s character in House of Cards. The on-ice product of his hockey team is at once...

Loss of Malhotra leaves Canucks in faceoff 'fancy stat' flux

The line between Manny Malhotra and the need to trade Roberto Luongo sooner rather than later might be finer than anyone realized.  The Vancouver Canucks decision to shut Malhotra down for good...

No excuse for Canucks poor play, and Ryan Kesler won't save them

It’s easy to spin the poor play of the Vancouver Canucks into a simple tale of rust and acclimation. The excuses are many. But there's more to this than meets the eye.

Alain Vigneault's recipe for disaster

If there are silver linings perhaps the biggest one is this: There’s just enough time to fly Ryan Kesler to Lourdes and back before the Canucks next game on Wednesday night....

Canucks camp: second-line problems

Opening night against the Anaheim Ducks is less than four days away for the Canucks, and they’re already facing more question marks than fans during their abbreviated free-to-the-public on-ice...

Canucks could face sloppy shortened season when lockout ends

If and when the lockout ever ends, and teams race back to the ice with pulled hamstrings and exploding groins everywhere, it would be wise to temper expectations with regards to the local one....

Canucks' winger Kassian is a lockout 'winner'

As far as the Vancouver Canucks forward ranks go, Zack Kassian is clearly the principle up-and-comer—a young and plastering power forward with surprising quickness and gifted hands. At just 21 years...