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The great debate

The great debate

Besides the decision on whether or not to re-sign the Sedins to a contract extension, I don’t think any other Canucks-related subject divides Canucks fans like the subject of whether or not to retire Markus Naslund’s number 19. From Larry Brooks (NY Post): Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned. It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then...

The Salo effect

The Salo effect

The Vancouver Canucks flew to Chicago this morning; Sami Salo wasn’t on the flight. The Vancouver Canucks made the trip to the Windy City without defenceman Sami Salo. He remained in Vancouver for treatment on a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the Canucks’ Western Conference semifinal series versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Salo came off the ice after he scored the first Vancouver goal in Saturday’s 6-3 loss. Afterward, coach Alain Vigneault would only say that it’s a lower-body injury and that Salo was listed as day-to-day. If Salo is out for any extended period of time, it’s a...

So the boys weren’t going 16-0…

So the boys weren’t going 16-0…

Who knew the Canucks could still lose, eh? These boys were starting to make me feel like a Detroit fan. Heh. Sure, it was an ugly game, but it’s just one game. The playoffs weren’t going to be a tra la la feeling all the way to the end. We still have to embrace the pain. My defence loving heart was hurting in my chest, but that’s not how the Canucks are going to keep playing. They’ll adapt to losing Sami Salo, and they’ll be fine. Lui got his bad game out of the way. The forwards will back check...

The Sky is not Falling

The Sky is not Falling

The Canucks CAN win in Chicago. It’s not a matter of if they win. It’s a matter of how they win. The Canucks sit in a position in which they haven’t been in, well ever. They have depth. After Salo scored his power play goal in first period the defense imploded. That was the turning point in the game. The Canucks defense fell apart, they collapsed in on themselves and before you know it, Kane was walking in on Luongo and the game was out of the Canucks control at that point. During the season after games in which they...

Nazzy’s Sweet 19

Nazzy’s Sweet 19

Earlier in the season, I wrote this post about the media and how they treated Naslund. I was frustrated and can’t stand the way Iain MacIntyre would go on about him even after he’d left. I called THEN for the retirement of his number back when people were still going on about how he didn’t deserve a thing and the bandwagon thought it was fine to continue chewing him up and spitting him out. Naslund did on this team what no one else had done, and what no one else has replicated yet. There’s a reason he: • He played...

Alix Wright joins the CHB

Alix Wright joins the CHB

Richard and I are excited to announce that another Canucks blogger, Alix Wright, has decided to join us here at Canucks Hockey Blog. Some of you folks know Alix as The Humming Giraffe where she’s been blogging since 2007. I think you’ll all enjoy her funky style and love for all things Canucks (especially the Swedish ones). Now, you can follow her writings here at the CHB or her Twitter account – http://www.twitter.com/Hgiraffe.

On Big Hockey Hair Talk Show at noon

On Big Hockey Hair Talk Show at noon

A quick programming note: I’m going to be on the Big Hockey Hair Talk Show on BlogTalk Radio today at noon. Tune in – and call in – as we recap the first two games of the Canucks/Blackhawks series. [update: 05/03/2009, 1:01 PM] Great chat with Ailyn, Matthew (Second City Hockey) and Paul (Sportsbank.net and NBC Chicago Sports). And no, the bad blood on the ice hasn’t quite spilled over to the bloggers yet. Anyway, if you missed it, you can listen to it here or using the player below.

Goodbye Bandwagon, See you all after Game 3

Goodbye Bandwagon, See you all after Game 3

As the bandwagon spills over the edges there are several things which were a bit worrisome in game 2, but there was one or two things to take away from the game. Luongo can now say he’s had his bad game. Get that out of the way, I’m positive he’ll come back stronger and make a statement on the road at the United Center in Chicago. What worries me the most is that with the loss of Salo the defence collapsed quickly. That being said, we’ve seen the Canucks play well during the long stretch he missed during the regular...

Colin Campbell sucks at his job

Colin Campbell sucks at his job

The NHL has apparently decided that Ben Eager’s cheap, late hit to Rick Rypien’s head was a clean and legal one. Because Rypien wasn’t injured. I’d point out this fail, except Colin Campbell has been so horribly and maddeningly inconsistent that I’m just not surprised anymore. It’s no wonder that head shots are a regular occurence these days – heck, Mike Brown took a late run at Jiri Hudler last night too – if players know they’re going to get away with it. In Eager’s case, Campbell’s decision has set a bad precedent. Eager has been told that the hit...

Rusty Confidence

Rusty Confidence

The 10 day break was long and hard for fans and for the players. So much so that Bieksa and Kesler even got into it a little bit in practice. But that’s a good thing. It showed they still had their edge. First game against the Blackhawks was everything people expected and then some. A rollercoaster of emotion GM Place went from being louder than a jet engine, to being so quiet you could hear mice scurrying around in the rafters. The Canucks didn’t show an abundance of rust, and they didn’t show an a lot of over confidence either....

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