Alanah linked to this article from Jim Hughson (CBC): Markus Naslund’s last full shift as a Vancouver Canuck came late in the third period on April 5, 2008, the final day of the season. It was an anonymous shift in a 7-1 home loss to Calgary with linemates Byron Ritchie and Ryan Shannon. I remember it well because very few people noticed or pointed out it might be Naslund’s last shift. We were all pre-occupied. GM Place was in the midst of a Trevor Linden love-in as the iconic Vancouver winger played in what everyone sensed was his last NHL...Click here to read more.
Yesterday, Iain MacIntyre delivered the Vancouver Sun’s petition to allow Roberto Luongo to wear the ‘C’. Unfortunately, the response was as was probably expected: Daly was impressed by the passion of Canuck fans, but unmoved. The rule stands. He said Canuck general manager Mike Gillis raised the captaincy question at GM meetings last month, but there wasn’t strong sentiment either way. In case you’re wondering, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was a little busy Tuesday morning. Bettman had his three-year-old nephew in his office, where there is a Stanley Cup made of Lego, because the boy’s mom was delivering him a...Click here to read more.
I must’ve missed this online petition when I was away. Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner c/o NHL New York 1185 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 Mr. Bettman, More than 2,200 Vancouver Sun readers have spoken and implore you to alter National Hockey League rules to allow Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to wear the ‘C’ as the team’s captain. The Canucks have named him their leader, on and off the ice, and we join fans of the team, and the league, in requesting you address this matter with the utmost urgency so he can finish the season recognized...Click here to read more.
As expected, the Canucks celebrated their past when they unveiled their 3rd jersey yesterday at a news conference. It features the stick-in-rink logo we love and a Johnny Canuck on a V shoulder patch. Just think of every logo the team had before the skate one and throw it all in one jersey. (But seriously, it looks better on Willie and Mattias than how it looked on the leaked photo.) If you missed it, here are some photos and the following is a short video on the concept. The team will wear this jersey for the first time tomorrow night...Click here to read more.
I guess it was only a matter of time until the good health of the Vancouver Canucks’ defense ended. After being hit by a shot from teammate Michel Ouellet four games ago, Kevin Bieksa is expected to miss 2 to 4 weeks with a fractured left foot. Sami Salo is also day-to-day with a bruised shoulder. After missing all but 34 games last season with a lacerated calf muscle, Bieksa initially struggled to find the form from his 2006/2007 breakout season. Through 13 games this season, he has looked good. His 11 points (3G-8A) ties him for 3rd in team...Click here to read more.
After two weeks on the road and almost a week with a nasty cold, I finally got around to watching some Canucks hockey. I don’t know how Mike does it, but it’s damn tough to stay up and watch the boys when the games start at 10:00 PM or 10:30 PM. Anyway, I know I’ve got some catching up to do so here goes. At 201 minutes and 8 seconds, Roberto Luongo’s current shutout streak is nothing short of impressive. If he shuts the door through the first 11 minutes and 4 seconds of tonight’s game, he’ll break his own...Click here to read more.
It’s been a strange ride since our last episode. We’re without J.J. on this one while he is out east for work, but you can expect to hear about some of his adventures as a Canucks fan in the land of… well… out there. However, it’s strange in the terms of watching a team that gives us great highs and puzzling lows. Click here to listen to the episode.Click here to read more.
Because I’m on the road, I missed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. I’m not complaining (it was probably a good thing). Still, here are some random thoughts on what has transpired so far this week. On the injuries: It took all of two weeks before Sami Salo and Pavol Demitra suffered their first injuries of the season. Like Alanah said, only Kyle Wellwood benefits from those injuries. And maybe Jason Krog (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province). The scary thing is, the top part of the Canucks lineup is already becoming reminiscent of last year’s. Darcy Hordichuk...Click here to read more.
There’s a lot of chatter the last few days about the very cryptic message the Canucks have put up on their website. Who else suffered rejection for an NHL franchise, but never quit? Who else turned a symbol of tradition into a passionate tradition copied all across sports? Who else survived the insults of the Flying “V”, the Plate of Spaghetti and the Skate going down? Who else turned a symbol of surrender into a passionate tradition copied all across sports? October 25th, 2008 General Motors Place 7 There is, of course, speculation about what it means and Mike, Sean...Click here to read more.
We’ve been having fun spotting the crew on various posters and buses around the lower mainland, so feel free to look through The Crazy Canucks Pool on Flickr to see some of them. We’re also six games into the 2008-2009 regular season, so we take some time to reflect on what we’ve seen and parse through what we think about what we saw. Click here to listen to the episode.Click here to read more.