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Welcome Canucks fans. Glad you fond us here at Nucks Misconduct.

This blog is like that friendly bar where you are always welcome, even if you have dumb comments. If you stick around you’ll be part of the family pretty quick. When you go away and come back you’ll be greeted like the prodigal son.

This is not the only place to read about the Canucks. This place is a great a community, but we’re basically an amateur blog where our strength is in the conversation, and the articles are often just conversation starters.

Unlike the old internet adage “Don’t read the comments” I truly believe the comments here are the best part.

So where else should you look? Here are some of my suggestions. Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments. And just to see what we should do more of at NM, here’s a non-binding poll of what you want to get from THIS site.

Poll

What do you want more of from NM?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Game recaps and player profiles
    (7 votes)
  • 31%
    In depth analysis
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    Statisical deep dives
    (6 votes)
  • 16%
    Authoritative insider information
    (9 votes)
  • 27%
    Flame wars and (virtual) fisticuffs in the comments section
    (15 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

Here are some other sites for your consideration:

Pass it to Bulis

This started out as a couple of guys doing part time witty game recaps littered with pop-culture references, biblical allusions, and links to goofy videos. Now it’s mostly just one guy doing the same thing full time, with the occasional guest writer. Good for a laugh, and good for some interesting ideas. I particularly like the Breakdowning features. The “I watched this game” recaps are a fun read over breakfast the next morning. The other guy has been spotted doing some nice work at other publications, most recently at The Province.

The comments section is fairly civil, and occasionally amusing.

Canucks Army

The masthead changes constantly as the best writers get stolen by “Real” news outlets and even NHL teams. This used to be the go-to site for advanced stats analysis and cool graphics posted promptly after the games. Sometimes that is still the case. Also have a great Utica Comets and prospects reporting team.

Sadly, the comment section is not a fun place. Trolls, visiting trolls from other fan bases, personal insults, and no apparent moderation.

Elliotte Friedman

More than just another hockey writer, a great weekly column called “31 thoughts” that covers the whole league. Despite being a Toronto boy born and raised he really doesn’t focus too much on the COTU and is one of the few writers back east who keep up to date on Vancouver hockey.

Sportsnet comments are dominated by population centres away from the coast, and like any major news outlet there’s a lot to wade through. Not worth it to me.

The Athletic

This is a paid site. If you don’t want to pay, or can’t afford it I understand. There are, however a lot of good writers on this site. I basically followed a couple of my regular reads here, and I think it’s worth the cost.

For Vancouver based irreverent gossipy “In” jokes and hot takes try looking for Jason Botchford, including “The Athletties” where he brings over his best work from The Province. For hilarious and amazingly well-informed league wide commentary look for Sean McIndoe (with previews on his site Down Goes Brown)

I have not been reading here too long, so I don’t have a feel for the comments section. Seems mostly harmless. Yawn.

The advantage of paying for a site, is that you support good writers, and you don’t need to deal with adverts, or dumb articles about Mark Messier. Or you can just come to NM for free and read the articles, fanposts, comments, and links.