Author: J.J. Guerrero

Cody Hodgson cleared

Cody Hodgson cleared

Photo credit: The Hockey News Here’s some good news for Canucks fans who are anxiously waiting for Cody Hodgson to take part in some preseason action: Cody Hodgson skated Tuesday for the first time with one of the two “main” groups in a full practice. Until now he had been with the C group that had consisted of injured players (Schneider, Demitra). Hodgson has been cleared for contact and with the team having three games in three nights, heac coach Alain Vigneault says he’ll play in at least one of those games as soon as he says he’s ready.

Canucks Links for September 15, 2009

Canucks Links for September 15, 2009

It’s the day after Terrace’s turn in the spotlight. Kudos to them for hosting their first NHL game and doing a damn fine job. Here are today’s links: Terrace wowed the hockey world. Sean Zandberg (Nucks Misconduct) shares his post-game thoughts from the Canucks’ side. Dominik (Lighthouse Hockey) covers the Islanders side of things. “This was Terrace’s Stanley Cup.” Can the Sedins get to the elite 90-point per season mark? Brad Lukowich is back home. And hopes to stay. Christian Ehrhoff is the new Ed Jovanovski. Willie Mitchell: Local hero. BC boys Mitchell and Tambellini visit their smallest fans. Kesler...

Lack of starpower

Lack of starpower

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...

Liveblogging the preseason: Canucks vs. Islanders

Liveblogging the preseason: Canucks vs. Islanders

Kudos to Brian Comptom from NHL.com for sharing the Canucks’ roster and game sheet for tonight’s game: Don’t have much info as to who is playing for the Islanders tonight, as the game sheet I’ve been given basically includes every player who was invited to their camp. As for Vancouver, captain/goaltender Roberto Luongo is not here. The two goalies listed are Andrew Raycroft and Corey Schneider. Defensemen are as follows: Kevin Bieksa, Willie Mitchell, Aaron Rome, Brad Lukowich, Nolan Baumgartner, Yann Sauve, Shane O’Brien and Evan Oberg. Forwards: Dave Scatchard, Ronald Petrovicky, Jannik Hansen, Rick Rypien, Michael Grabner, Kyle Wellwood,...

CHB Yahoo Hockey Pool

CHB Yahoo Hockey Pool

Okay boys and girls – it’s hockey pool time! CHB has set up a hockey pool on Yahoo Sports. If you have a Yahoo account, you’re free to join. It’s a rotisserie league, which means you’re ranked according to various statistical categories: In a Rotisserie League, fantasy teams are ranked from first to last in each of several statistical categories. Points are then awarded according to the order of finish in each category and are totaled to determine an overall score and place. I thought about doing a straight-up points league, but I figured the rotisserie set-up would be more...

Canucks Links for September 14, 2009

Canucks Links for September 14, 2009

The puck finally drops for some preseason action tonight as our beloved Vancouver Canucks take on the New York Islanders in Terrace, BC. Here are today’s Canucks chatter around the web: It’s Hockey Night in Terrace. Willie wants to go fishing in Terrace; Wellwood doesn’t even know where it is. Terrace is excited at being named Hockeyville. And so they should be. (I just wish CBC was just as excited.) Turns out there’s a great view from Terrace. Again, you can check out Joe Pelletier (Greatest Hockey Legends) for the festivities straight from Terrace. Lots of linkage from the Islanders’...

Thoughts from Day 1 of training camp – part 2

Thoughts from Day 1 of training camp – part 2

Sorry for having to split this post up, but here are pictures and thoughts from Group 2 from Day 1 of Canucks training camp: Plain and simple, Daren Machesney was outclassed. Mason Raymond was probably the most pleasant surprise of the day. He looked bigger and more confident. He made some nice plays and nice reads, and for the most part, it looked like he’s learned not to hang on to the puck too long. Because there were more veterans in this group, it was more interesting to note the line combinations. Raymond, Ryan Kesler and Mark Parrish were together....

Thoughts from Day 1 of training camp – part 1

Thoughts from Day 1 of training camp – part 1

My brother and I made the trek from Surrey to UBC this morning to watch the Canucks take part in their first on-ice drills of training camp. After a quick pit stop at McDonalds and Blenz Coffee – breakfast of champions, I know – we got to Thunderbird Arena and settled in with about 100 die-hard Canucks fans. (This was at 9:30 AM; the crowd grew to probably close to 600-700 by the afternoon.) The players were split into two main groups (plus apparently a third one in the smaller ice rink that we didn’t see). Some pictures and thoughts...

Canucks Links for September 13, 2009

Canucks Links for September 13, 2009

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com I’ll be going to training camp today so keep an eye out on my Twitter feed. In the meantime, here are some Canucks-related links on the Interweb: Joe Pelletier welcomes everyone to Terrace, Hockeyville. Move over Ryan Walter, the new Canucks have Stanley Cup rings too. Vigneault is looking for this season’s Kesler and Burrows. Tony Gallagher doesn’t want four more years of Vigneault. Mark Parrish got giddy when he got the call from the Canucks. Raymond and Wellwood need to watch their back. Taylor Pyatt is starting over in Phoenix.

More about Machesney

More about Machesney

Photo credit: Japer’s Rink Daren Machesney had an up-and-down year for the Hershey Bears last year. He appeared in more regular season games than any Bears goalie, played for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup, and was then unseated come playoff time by Calder Cup MVP Michal Neuvirth. (I’m sure you Manitobe Moose fans remember Neuvirth’s performance.) More on Machesney from Stack the Pads: Daren played in more games during the regular season than any other goalie on the team. He appeared in 36 games and went 19-12-1. That equates to a 52.8 winning percentage (the same as Neuvirth had...

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