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Our turn to thank Trevor

Our turn to thank Trevor

My apologies for being out of touch for the last week and a half. I was in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for work last week and had to deal with some medical issues when I got back. At any rate, I wasn’t going to miss tonight’s game. (I made sure to tell my doctors at Abby Hospital that.) The tributes have been coming in fast and furious for Trevor Linden. I’ve expressed mine here, here and here. But as everyone is recounting their most memorable Linden moments, let me share the first time I ever noticed Trevor. As some...

Not in a million, zillion years

Not in a million, zillion years

From TSN.ca: While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ponders his decision on the length of Sean Avery’s suspension, the Dallas Stars will continue to consider their options for Avery’s future with the organization. To unload Avery’s $3.875 salary this season, the Stars could place Avery on waivers and if he clears, send him to the American Hockey League. The Stars have a partial affiliation with the Manitoba Moose and currently have five Dallas players on their AHL roster; however the Moose have made it clear they are not interested in providing a place for Avery to play. Moose owner Mark Chipman...

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 70

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 70

Here we are again to round up our thoughts on the Canucks minus one Rebecca, but the rest of the crew is together for this episode. Without a road map, we wander down the games that have been, talk about the goalie situation, look ahead to the rest of this road trip, and scatter on various topics like Cody Hodgson, Mats Sundin (even though we outlawed that topic an episode or two ago), and other punditry that ensues. Click here to listen to the episode.

Lookin’ good

Lookin’ good

Photo credit: HF Boards Damn. 13 more days and we get to see how it looks like high up in the GM Place rafters.

Cody for Team Canada

Cody for Team Canada

Photo credit: Hockey Canada From Hockey Canada: Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 38 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1989 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 11-15, 2008 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, ON and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, QC. Of the 38 players invited, four won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL...

Can Cory carry the load?

Can Cory carry the load?

Yesterday, Cory Schneider was named the AHL’s goaltender of the month. The American Hockey League announced today that Cory Schneider of the Manitoba Moose has been named the Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Schneider was 5-0-0 in five appearances for the Moose last month, with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and one shutout. This on top of TSN’s Bob Mackenzie pimping him out last week: “Cory Schneider is a great young goaltender… people don’t realize this, but he’s ripping up the American hockey league with a goals against average barely above 1 and a...

More douchery from Avery

More douchery from Avery

I’ve never hid my hatred for Sean Avery. So tonight, I was actually looking forward to him meeting Jarome Iginla, who Avery had called “boring” earlier this season. Alas, that won’t happen. To no one’s surprise, Avery ran his mouth again, and before the game, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL. That’s too bad. I’m not sure the comment itself is suspension-worthy – hey Colin, what about those hits from behind, eh? – but regardless, it means that Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Andre Roy won’t get their chance at taking a run at him. That’s too bad. And if you...

Luongo back on the ice

Luongo back on the ice

Finally, some good news (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province): Roberto Luongo is back. No, he’s not yet ready for a game, but Luongo took a big step in that direction when he returned to the ice Monday morning in Columbus. In full equipment, Luongo stretched and skated around the rink, the best sign yet he will be back in the Canucks’ lineup sooner than later. This isn’t a knock on Sanford and Schneider as both have been very good in relief. However, seeing Lui – the team’s captain and emotional leader – back on skates is a sweet, sweet sign for...

Uh-oh

Uh-oh

I’m trying to look for a silver lining in the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. I’d like to say that they at least outplayed the Jackets, only to be outplayed by rookie goaltender Steve Mason. Or that they’ve bounced back after back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames. I can’t. The Canucks weren’t good. Well, maybe they were in the third period, but they still squandered a 2-1 lead with only 11 minutes left in the game. The powerplay connected twice – which matched their total from the last week and a half – but the...

NHLPA Luc Bourdon Charity Auction

NHLPA Luc Bourdon Charity Auction

The NHLPA is doing a good thing (Vancouver Sun): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced Monday that hockey fans and friends of the late Luc Bourdon of the Vancouver Canucks will be able to support the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund through an online eBay.ca auction that was launched on Saturday. All proceeds raised will support scholarships and various youth-related initiatives in honour of Bourdon. The auction features hockey memorabilia donated by NHLPA members, NHL clubs and various hockey organizations. Notable items donated to the auction include a Sidney Crosby autographed stick, Nicklas Lidstrom- and Saku Koivu-autographed jerseys, and...

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