Two Minutes Hate! The Esa Tikkanen Edition

October 02 2012 08:48AM


Esa Tikkanen, I don’t know man. Somewhere, in the deepest recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, I had the slightest notion that maybe this guy didn’t deserve the scorn. He was a bit player on a juggernaut, and what could ever compel anyone to hate someone so insignificant?

And then it dawned on me that that feeling, way down there in those deep recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, was not a notion at all, and in truth was Esa Tikkanen’s stick, slashing me so hard that that’s where the blade ended up.

So yeah, it’s on.

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Prospect Profile: Brett Kulak Looking to Step up

Patrick Johnston
October 01 2012 11:38AM



(Patrick Johnston is a Canucks Army contributor and freelance journalist. He managed to catch up to the Vancouver Giants and Brett Kulak last week and asked him a few questions on FN's behalf)

A player known for his hockey sense, both Flames and Vancouver Giants fans expect big things from 2012 fourth rounder Brett Kulak. He's had a busy hockey year; first making the Giants, growing his game, playing in the prospects contest, being drafted by an NHL squad and then attending prospects' camp this summer. Now it's back to Vancouver for a second full season in the WHL.

Like any prospect on track to make the NHL, Brett Kulak's coach expects a big step forward in his play.

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VOICE OF THE NATION – Sol•i•dar•i•ty

Vintage Flame
October 01 2012 08:58AM

Okay, so apparently the system was never broken. If that is the case then, can the will of the NHLPA be?

Union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.: to promote solidarity among union members.

There is no doubt the NHLPA is making it crystal clear to everyone, including owners and fans of the hockey world, that despite the apparent lack of support, the entire players union is together on seeing this whole ordeal through to the end. However, what does that mean exactly in terms of what the individual players are willing to do outside of the collective to bring about a resolution? It was all fine when Donald Fehr stood at his last major press conference with the who’s who of players behind him. It was obviously a statement move. However, once the CBA deadline passed on September 15th, and the owners locked out those same players, what is the next move on the part of the PA?

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The Best of the Nation – 9.30.12

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2012 10:42AM

Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it's own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL'er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier's return to the NHL, and more after the jump.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - Let's Play (EA) Hockey!!!!

September 29 2012 10:27AM



Saturday nights, historically, has been owned by Hockey Night In Canada, and with good reason. Since 1952, the CBC flagship has graced our flickering television sets with the likes of Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Aaron Gavey, while we, the hockey mad gluttons that we are, kick back with our beer and nachos and watch progressively angrier as Bob Cole continues to wither and decay live on the air and Jim Hughson makes even less of an attempt to hide his ever present Vancouver Canucks er...tent pitching.

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