In the most hyped game of the season, Mats Sundin had a triumphant return to the Air Canada Centre and scored the shootout winner and the Vancouver Canucks simply did again what they’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks. It was the Canucks’ 8th win in 9 games; in 5 of those 8 wins, they either scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd period or tied the game in the 3rd period before winning it in the shootout. Funny what difference a month makes. The team that found all sorts of ways to lose in January now can’t lose...Click here to read more.
In an interview on the TEAM 1040, Mike Gillis mentioned that playoff success was not a prerequisite to getting a contract done with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Maybe not, but if they hope to get that $6.5 million per year contract, it should be. The Sedins’ current $3.575 million per year contract was signed prior to the 2006/2007 season – the season after the Westcoast Express was dismantled and the Sedins became the Canucks’ go-to guys. And in the 2+ regular seasons since then, they’ve done just that. Consider their production against other players with a cap hit of $5...Click here to read more.
Sorry for the lack of posts, folks. I’ve had some health issues return. Anyway, I’m feeling a bit better and should be back to form. I’ve been sitting on a couple of posts – one on the Sedins contract extension and another on the team’s recent string of third period comebacks. I’ll have those up in the next couple of days. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
When it was put together 3 games ago, the Demitra-Sundin-Kesler line was expected to provide some secondary scoring and take the heat off the Sedin line. It has, of course, done more than that, outscoring the Sedin line 22 (9G-13) – 6 (3G-3A) in 3 straight wins. The other thing I noticed is that Vigneault has taken to putting the Sundin line (with Bernier on the wing, and sometimes, Demitra on the point) out first on the powerplay. In fact, Demitra, Sundin and Kesler combined for 36:58 minutes of powerplay ice-time the last 3 games vs. Sedin, Sedin and Pyatt’s...Click here to read more.
The losing skid has been broken, we cover the Mats Sundin topic once again, try to figure out why the seats in the lower bowl have a variety of noticeable lack of bodies lately, wonder why our PK is lacking, and try to answer the question of why we just traded Mike Brown away to Anaheim in order to get Nathan McIver back (not that there is anything wrong with that). Click here to listen to the episode. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
From canucks.com: Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Mike Brown. McIver will report to Manitoba. I’ll post more of my thoughts on this trade tonight. [update: 02/04/2009, 6:54 PM] Earlier this season, the Canucks waived Matt Pettinger because Mike Gillis was worried that someone would claim Mike Brown if he was waived instead. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was a money issue or an assets management issue. I mentioned that Pettinger was a decent NHL’er capable of putting...Click here to read more.
Finally, the slump is over. Or is it? Alex Burrows, right after he scored the shorthanded game-winning goal on a breakaway, celebrated by trying to break his stick on his knee presumably to symbolize the team finally breaking out of their 8-game losing slump. Burrows tried twice; the stick didn’t break. I hope that’s not a bad omen. At any rate, the Canucks were good last night, but they were also lucky. First the good. On my Twitter feed the other day, I commented that I didn’t like the idea of splitting up Burrows and Ryan Kesler, who has been...Click here to read more.
Like any good relationship who has just had a fight, they talked it over and cleared things up. And after the game-day skate yesterday, Shane O’Brien apologized. From Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province): Instead of driving his career into the ditch, Shane O’Brien took the high road Tuesday. The Vancouver Canucks defenceman clarified his comments over the frustration of being a healthy scratch Saturday and not understanding the message that he must play tougher and not necessarily fight. O’Brien met with general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday morning to map out the right route for his eventual return to the lineup....Click here to read more.
My friends will attest that I’m a big Shane O’Brien fan. I think he’s a solid guy, considering his third-pairing role. I think he’s a tough guy that doesn’t hesitate to defend his teammates when he needs to. (Mason Raymond probably agrees with me as well.) Today though, one night after being a healthy scratch for the first time since being acquired by the Canucks, he spoke out about his role (Hosea Cheung, Canucks 24/7): After Monday’s practice, it was Shane O’Brien’s turn to speak out. “I’m not asking to be first unit powerplay, 25 minutes a night,” said the...Click here to read more.