After a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers last night in which he had 3 points, Alex Burrows does the best job of summing up the effect of Mats Sundin’s addition to the Vancouver Canucks lineup (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun): “We didn’t see their top four defencemen all night,” Burrows explained of the Oiler matchups. “We saw a lot of their third pairing, so obviously that’s going to open up ice for us. I think everybody will be benefit from him.” Kyle Wellwood also added: “I was talking to Henrik and Daniel before the game, telling them the other team’s...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: TSN … because I still can’t believe Cody Hodgson is a Canuck. Team Canada won gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships for the fifth year in a row (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Don Campbell, Ottawa Citizen; Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail; Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail) and Cody Hodgson was a big part of it. While John Tavares, PK Subban and Jordan Eberle were named by Team Canada officials as their top 3 players and Tavares was named the tournament MVP, Cody Hodgson quietly led the entire tournament with 16 points (IIHF scoring leaders in .pdf format)....Click here to read more.
Cory Schneider and Jannik Hansen are both headed back to the Manitoba Moose. The Schneider move wasn’t a surprise given last week’s acquisition of Jason LaBarbera and the return of Curtis Sanford. Schneider showed glimpses of how good he can be, but truth be told, he’s not quite ready for regular NHL duty just yet. He’s best served playing every night for the Moose than playing once a week with the Canucks. The Hansen move was a bit more surprising. With Sundin about to join the lineup, we knew the Canucks had to move a body. I’m just surprised it...Click here to read more.
With the first half of the season officially over, it’s time to take a mathematical look at how the Canucks need to perform for the rest of the season. There was of course a lot of worry when Roberto Luongo injured his groin back in November. There was worry as to how the team would respond and if they would be able to keep pace in a competitive Western Conference. The team’s response? Points-wise anyway, the Canucks have done relatively-well since November 20 (Luongo’s last full game was on November 19 against the Rangers). [Table=1] The race is undoubtedly close,...Click here to read more.
Thanks to yesterday’s dump of snow and being homebound, I watched an unbelievable amount of sports. Some of the best moments have already made their way on YouTube: Jordan Eberle scores the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in the 3rd period. Sidney Crosby proving he can drop the gloves as well. Alex Semin proving he can’t (or just shouldn’t). Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks didn’t just lose a hockey game last night; they lost yet another top defenseman to injury. From Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun): Mum’s the word on Canuck defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who did not play the third period of Friday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Canucks were not divulging the nature of Ohlund’s injury, except to say it is an “upper-body” ailment. “He’s got an upper-body injury and is going to be re-evaluated when we get home and we’ll let everybody know on Sunday,” said tight-lipped Canuck coach Alain Vigneault. Ohlund wasn’t saying much more...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.com Jason LaBarbera won his first game in a Canucks uniform, stopping 31 of 32 Nashville shots. Needless to say, he did a lot to try and strip himself of the LOLBarbera monicker that some Kings fans had given him. (BTW… good to see the Burnaby J nickname catching on.) Some quick thoughts on his first game: Burnaby J is a big boy. Like Lui, he covers up a lot of net. I noticed he was well outside the crease on a few of his saves. For one game at least, he was confident challenging the shooter and...Click here to read more.
Maybe the Vancouver Canucks should take the Philadelphia Flyers off their schedule permanently. For one, the Canucks haven’t beat the Flyers at home in almost 20 years. Last season, the Canucks lost the game 8-2 to the Flyers, but also, lost Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo to long-term injuries watched as Jesse Boulerice played pinata on Ryan Kesler’s face the same night. Yes, last night’s game was great entertainment – definitely one of the more exciting games this season – but the Canucks fell short again on the scoresheet, and also, lost Curtis Sanford to a groin injury. I’m beginning...Click here to read more.
If you want to know how big Mats Sundin’s arrival in Vancouver is, all you need to do is check out the very TMZ-like video on TSN. Or the live-stream of his first practice in a Canucks jersey on the team website. Or the live-stream of his press conference after his first practice in a Canucks jersey. After Sundin signed, I mentioned that expectations for this team just got way higher, and that’s exactly what’s happened. But also, the excitement and hype meters surrounding them are through the roof. In the week and a half since Sundin signed, almost all...Click here to read more.
In his latest blog post, Darcy Hordichuk talks about fighting: I know you’ve all been waiting for this one and I’ve been kind of excited to write this too. Obviously, you know that I get into a lot of fights but that’s my role and I love it but like most things, I had to earn respect doing what I do and I think the first time I really made a statement was when I was 19, back in the IHL. I was sent down to the Solar Bears from the Thrashers camp – I was 19 and should’ve gone...Click here to read more.