Sep 142009
 

When the puck drops tonight in Terrace, neither the Vancouver Canucks nor New York Islanders will dress anything close to an NHL roster.

From Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun):

Canuck defensive stalwarts Willie Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa flew to Terrace with the team this morning but won’t dress for the contest. Islanders super rookie John Tavares didn’t make the trip from Saskatoon, where the Isles are holding their camp.

Canucks captain Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins were left at home. So were Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Mikael Samuelsson.

Vancouver’s nominal first line tonight will be Kyle Wellwood centring Michael Grabner and Guillaume Desbiens.

Veteran Dave Scatchard, who is trying to make a comeback, will skate between Alex Bolduc and Jannik Hansen while Rick Rypien centres the third unit with Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Eric Walsky. Former Vancouver Giant Mario Bliznak is pencilled in to pivot an all-Euro line with Sergei Shirokov and Ronald Petrovicky.

Shane O’Brien and Brad Lukowich will lead Vancouver’s blue-line corps while Andrew Raycroft gets the start in goal. Cory Schneider will play the second half of the game.

Jeff Tambellini is among the most notable of the Islanders, who brought goalies Scott Munroe and Nathan Lawson to face the Canucks.

I’m sure it would have been nice for the likes of Luongo and Tavares to be there, but it’s already well-documented that the citizens of Terrace are excited. And truth be told, so am I. I’m just excited that hockey is back.

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    If I was a fan in Terrace, I’m not sure how I’d feel about not getting to see much of a squad from either team. I’d definitely be excited to watch an “NHL” game and all, and be stoked to see some of the young talent, but would it be worth it? I’m not sure…

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    If I was a fan in Terrace, I’m not sure how I’d feel about not getting to see much of a squad from either team. I’d definitely be excited to watch an “NHL” game and all, and be stoked to see some of the young talent, but would it be worth it? I’m not sure…

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    If I was a fan in Terrace, I’m not sure how I’d feel about not getting to see much of a squad from either team. I’d definitely be excited to watch an “NHL” game and all, and be stoked to see some of the young talent, but would it be worth it? I’m not sure…

  • Outside Canada

    An investigation should begin for “False Advertising”. Why pretend they are the team if the exciting part of the team doesn’t really show up? Poor kids who came excited.

  • Outside Canada

    An investigation should begin for “False Advertising”. Why pretend they are the team if the exciting part of the team doesn’t really show up? Poor kids who came excited.

  • Outside Canada

    An investigation should begin for “False Advertising”. Why pretend they are the team if the exciting part of the team doesn’t really show up? Poor kids who came excited.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    I understand where you guys are coming from, but you have to put this into context.

    For the kids who came out and watched, this was a great opportunity for them. Terrace is a 15 hour drive away from Vancouver and it’s not often they get to see the Canucks play live. Would it have been better if the stars were there? Absolutely. But at the same time, I think it’s exciting for them, regardless of whether it’s Sami Salo or Evan Oberg who shows up wearing that jersey.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    I understand where you guys are coming from, but you have to put this into context.

    For the kids who came out and watched, this was a great opportunity for them. Terrace is a 15 hour drive away from Vancouver and it’s not often they get to see the Canucks play live. Would it have been better if the stars were there? Absolutely. But at the same time, I think it’s exciting for them, regardless of whether it’s Sami Salo or Evan Oberg who shows up wearing that jersey.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    I understand where you guys are coming from, but you have to put this into context.

    For the kids who came out and watched, this was a great opportunity for them. Terrace is a 15 hour drive away from Vancouver and it’s not often they get to see the Canucks play live. Would it have been better if the stars were there? Absolutely. But at the same time, I think it’s exciting for them, regardless of whether it’s Sami Salo or Evan Oberg who shows up wearing that jersey.

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the team playing in smaller communities around the province and think doing so in the pre-season is the perfect opportunity.

    Where my concern lies is that the Kraft Hockeyville contest plays up the fact that real NHLers can play in your small town, and that didn’t really happen. I know there was more to the contest than simply a game, but I just think it was somewhat disingenuous when only a couple vets each way dresses.

    But having watched the game, seems that this city slicker was proven wrong.

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the team playing in smaller communities around the province and think doing so in the pre-season is the perfect opportunity.

    Where my concern lies is that the Kraft Hockeyville contest plays up the fact that real NHLers can play in your small town, and that didn’t really happen. I know there was more to the contest than simply a game, but I just think it was somewhat disingenuous when only a couple vets each way dresses.

    But having watched the game, seems that this city slicker was proven wrong.

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris

    Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the team playing in smaller communities around the province and think doing so in the pre-season is the perfect opportunity.

    Where my concern lies is that the Kraft Hockeyville contest plays up the fact that real NHLers can play in your small town, and that didn’t really happen. I know there was more to the contest than simply a game, but I just think it was somewhat disingenuous when only a couple vets each way dresses.

    But having watched the game, seems that this city slicker was proven wrong.

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