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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...

Flame out

Flame out

The Vancouver Canucks lost both games of a home-and-home series against the Calgary Flames. It was ugly in a sense that the Flames – and the Minnesota Wild – are now a single point behind our division-leading ‘Nucks, but also, the more offensive style of hockey we watched the first 22 games disappeared sometime between the first and second periods of Thursday night’s game. The Canucks were outchanced and outshot in both games, though truth be told, this isn’t anything new. (They have now been outshot in 15 of their first 24 games.) On Thursday, what was noticeable was how...

16 Days of Trevor Linden

16 Days of Trevor Linden

From the Vancouver Canucks: The Vancouver Canucks are proud to announce that Canucks.com will celebrate 16 Days of Trevor Linden, beginning on Monday, December 1st, 2008. The special 16-day initiative will take an in-depth look at Trevor Linden’s career, concluding on December 16th, 2008 just one day prior to Trevor Linden’s sweater retirement ceremony. The 16 Days of Trevor Linden will feature video and print content as well as a series of photo galleries highlighting Linden’s hockey career spanning more than two decades. The 16 days of coverage encompasses draft day in 1988 through to his last game on April...

The quarter pole review

The quarter pole review

After 22 games, the numbers don’t lie. The Vancouver Canucks are 14-6-2 and their 32 points are good for 1st in the Northwest Division, 3rd in the Western Conference and 5th in the entire NHL. They are 11-3-1 against the West and 5-0-1 against the Northwest. They’ve beaten the Red Wings twice, the Flames and the Wild twice, and the Penguins and the Rangers. Overall, the other numbers are good as well as unexpected. The Canucks have scored 68 goals so far this season and their average of 3.09 per game is good for 9th in the NHL and is...

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 69

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 69

Although touted as the super groin spectacular due to Luongo’s injury being the top story in Vancouver news over the last week or so, this episode is pretty much about a team united (and happy to boot). All of co-hosts join together to talk lines, recent wins, upcoming road trips, and to try and figure out the meaning behind the end of game hoots and hollers for Sanford. Click here to listen to the episode.

The Sanford and Schneider show

The Sanford and Schneider show

We should find out the results of Roberto Luongo’s MRI after the Monday morning skate (TSN), so until then, we’ll be sitting on pins and needles. Of course, the hope is that the injury is relatively-minor – i.e. that he didn’t tear anything – and that he could be back on the ice in a couple of weeks or so. Just for fun, here are the number of games Lui would miss depending on how long he’s out for: 1 week: 3 games (2 home, 1 away) 2 weeks: 7 games (2 home, 5 away) 4 weeks: 12 games (5...

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 68

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 68

Everyone gathered this evening for a quick episode where we discuss Luongo’s early November shutout streak, the third jersey, the Canucks making their film debut, and some making their debut in Manhattan. Third jersey talks, and a whole lot of Wellwood appreciation round out this edition of The Crazy Canucks. Click here to listen to the episode.

My goalie is better than your goalie

My goalie is better than your goalie

Some trash talk from Stan Fischler before tonight’s Canucks/Rangers tilt: I watched the Canucks lose a shootout to the Islanders on Monday evening at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and found the Vancouver sextet competitive, but hardly overwhelming. Yes, Roberto Luongo is a legitimate Vezina Trophy candidate, but then again, so is Henrik Lundqvist. Plus, Henny wins more games than Roberto and, hey, Luongo couldn’t even defeat Joey MacDonald in the showdown shootout duel. Oh the horror! Maybe I should remind the Maven that his Rangers lost to the same Islanders a couple of weeks ago. Heck, they lost 2-1 and...

Belated thanks

Belated thanks

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...

Shot down

Shot down

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...

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