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While you were golfing, or hiking, and/or pounding brews in July and August, I was “slaving” away at producing hockey content in the driest part of the pucks calendar. Oh woe was me. But you know what, there’s likely some Vancouver Canucks and Pacific Division material you missed that you might enjoy checking out casually over the next few days. It’s what we refer to as “evergreen”, remaining relevant until the season starts. So here’s the perusal options before I head off to Canucks practice to prepare the more serious stuff. And there is some of that coming. But for now, just click the links …

Let’s Skate! …

If you read these already, thank you. If you haven’t, let me know what you think if you feel like it. By the way, all of these and more can be found on the main page of this site by just scrolling down. Cheers!

In early August we ranked the top-two centres, as a tandem, for each team in the Pacific Division. It would be interesting to see if anyone feels as though these rankings have changed. They shouldn’t have, unless you consider signing contracts a big deal. Hee hee.  So where did the Vancouver Canucks combo of Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat rank?

Just three weeks ago, if you like rankings, we had this bad boy. Ranking the Pacific Division’s number-one goalies. Now this list would change if you ranked both the starter and the back-up, but this little effort only included the presumed top guys. The Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko ranks at the top in the name department, but this list was all about performance.

Wah-oh! The last bonus prediction in here, about player signings, is fast approaching. I might be an early oh-for-one. But then again, I might not. Three weeks ago I made five predictions for the Vancouver Canucks and their coming season. A few about individuals and a biggee about the team. By the way, Jaroslav Halak is 19 wins away from 300 in his career. This is a fun list.

Closer to home, as in just in the last two weeks, I had a set of a dozen national broadcasters, NHL GM’s, and player agents pick the Pacific Division final standings for this season. According to 300 years of cumulative NHL experience, this is where they, and I, had the Vancouver Canucks.

When the Vancouver Canucks schedule came out, we broke down the highlights and lowlights and most important stretches. It’s a pretty funky calendar. See what you think.

We’ll have some very cool video interviews coming down the pike, I guarantee it. So far this preseason a couple of prominent national broadcasters, one from NBC in the US (now Seattle) and the other from Hockey Night in Canada. Here’s Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet from late August, and John Forslund, the TV voice of the Seattle Kraken early last week.

I have two or three other favourites but they’re more personal than practical, so to speak. Enjoy the aforementioned, and again, you can always scroll down to find everything. OK, I do like the testimonial following the passing of goaltending legend Tony Esposito, but you’ll have to click down and find that one yourself. Thank you very much. More Vancouver Canucks coverage later today (Thursday).

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