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Cody Hodgson: CHL Player of the Year

Cody Hodgson: CHL Player of the Year

The accolades keep coming for Cody Hodgson. Today, the Canadian Hockey League named him The Hockey Company Player of the Year: Hodgson scored a career-high 43 goals and 49 assists for 92 points in 53 games with a plus-minus rating of plus-41 and 33 penalty minutes. The Battalion captain led the OHL with 11 game-winning goals and had a league-high point scoring streak of 23 games from November 21 to February 11. Hodgson recorded 26 multi-point games with four hat-tricks and one five-point game November 6 in an 8-4 win over the Plymouth Whalers. He won gold with Canada at...

4th Annual SeaWalk Run for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

4th Annual SeaWalk Run for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Hey all, I’m involved in organizing a charity run which benefits Canuck Place and I wanted to share it with you in hope that you’ll pass it on to as many friends of yours as you can and hopefully turn out for a beautiful run/walk for an excellent cause. The details are below and you can find everythin at the SeaWalk Run Website. 4th Annual SeaWalk Run Benefitting Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Time: 7:30am Date: May 31th, 2009 Start/End Point: The Village at Park Royal South. Breakfast: A runner’s breakfast will be waiting for you at the finish line Run...

Neidermayers Canucks?

Neidermayers Canucks?

The other day Scott and Rob Niedermayer’s agent told the Team 1040 Sports Radio they would be interested in playing for Canada’s West Coast club. Now it’s no surprise that certain players look like they’re on their way out of the Canucks organization and certain voids need to be filled. By bringing in Scott and Rob you solve a bunch of the Canucks problems at once. The proverbial killing two birds with one stone. Where do I even start with how they’d impact the team? Ohlund looks like he’s going to test free agency so assume the vacancy there, Scott...

Friday mashup

Friday mashup

– It appears I’m jumping on the Penguins bandwagon for the rest of the playoffs. The Wings don’t need another Cup. As much as like a bunch of their players, as a whole team I just can’t get behind them. I’ve tried embracing this crush on the Blackhawks that the NHL keeps pimpin, but I can’t do it. They’re kind of whiney and I find I giggle too much when they do badly. The Canes are pretty cool actually. But I’m chillin with the Penguins because of two things 1) MALKIN. His hat trick last night, especially the third goal,...

Looking Forward: The Sedins

Looking Forward: The Sedins

Gillis made clear yesterday in a press conference that amongst his priorities of inking Kesler and Luongo to long term deals before they hit free agency, and re-signing the entire coachign staff, one of his foremost concerns (and rightly so) was re-signing the Sedins. There’s been talk that the Sedins are not worth re-signing and the Canucks should let them go. They’re asking for about 7 million dollars each, basically double what they earned per year under their old contract and while that may be warranted by the way their stats look, with the cap headed down, not this season...

Odds and ends

Odds and ends

– Cody Hodgson made his Moose debut tonight and scored his first pro point as the Moose took game one against the Aeros 2-1. That’s so exciting! If Canucks fans get what they’re hoping for, Cody won’t spend much time at all with the Moose, but it’s nice to see he’s fitting in so well. It sounds like Cory Scheider was great as well because the baby Canucks were outshot 32-18. It’s going to be good news for Gillis if guys like Cody, Cory, and Michael Grabner can step in for the big team next season. Game summary here –...

Part 2 of 2: Build it, not buy it

Part 2 of 2: Build it, not buy it

Willes’ and Cole’s premise that the Canucks need to trade Roberto Luongo – and free up salary cap space to upgrade other positions – doesn’t make complete sense. It’s true that Detroit and Anaheim won the Cup with Osgood ($800,000) and Giguere ($3.9 million). But this year, Chicago and Pittsburgh made the Final Four with Khabibulin and Huet (combined $12.375 million) and Fleury ($5 million). In fact, what these teams have in common isn’t that their goaltenders take up less cap space, it’s that they have players on their roster who outperform their contracts. Leave it to Tony Gallagher (Vancouver...

Part 1 of 2: Trading your best player is not the answer

Part 1 of 2: Trading your best player is not the answer

I disagree with Ed Willes’ (Vancouver Province) and Cam Cole’s (Vancouver Sun) pieces that the Canucks must deal Roberto Luongo. From Willes: This might be the ultimate example of burying the lead, but let’s pause for a moment and consider the goalies who were still alive in the playoffs before Tuesday’s games. In the Detroit-Anaheim series, you had a showdown between Chris Osgood, the man who’s widely considered to be the single greatest impediment between the Wings and a second straight Cup win, and Jonas Hiller, a 27-year-old NHL sophomore late of the Swiss league. Back east in the Boston-Carolina...

Two more years for Big Bear

Two more years for Big Bear

They’re working with him in the off season by getting him a nutritionist and helping him to improve his skating. He’s still quite young. Bernier seems to love Vancouver and from what you hear is a good teammate. I think it’s a good move. Now how about getting those Swedins and Welly signed, hmmm?

Canucks Off-Season: Mattias Ohlund

Canucks Off-Season: Mattias Ohlund

If there’s one thing as uncertain as the future of Mats Sundin, it’s the future of Mattias Ohlund.If we know anything about Mike Gillis and the way he manages his team, his lack of negotiation with is a good sign that Ohlund isn’t coming back. Gillis has made a case for himself and making it very clear that he is not a wishy washy deal maker. He plays his cards straight. He made it clear from the day he was signed exactly what he wanted on his team. He made it clear in the offseason, and throughout the season until...

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