Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.
Cory Schneider is starting tonight’s preseason game against the Flames and is scheduled to play the whole game. The other Schneider – Mathieu – has finally joined the boys for practice. Evan Oberg got the coach’s attention. Manitoba Moose training camp opens today. And yes, 42-year old Mike Keane is coming back. Canucks 7th round draft pick Steven Anthony gets a hat trick for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
The topic du jour is the Canucks’ depth on defense. With 10 defensemen on one-way contracts, the competition to be one of the top-6 or even top-8 is fierce. And plus, there’s some Cody Hodgson stuff. Alain Vigneault loves the internal competition. Brad Lukowich may be a victim of the numbers game. With Mathieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff, the Canucks added some power to their powerplay. Shane O’Brien wants to make it hard on the Canucks to cut him. It’s pronounced Hod-son; the ‘g’ is silent. Cody Hodgson is back skating with the big boys.
Photo credit: The Hockey News Here’s some good news for Canucks fans who are anxiously waiting for Cody Hodgson to take part in some preseason action: Cody Hodgson skated Tuesday for the first time with one of the two “main” groups in a full practice. Until now he had been with the C group that had consisted of injured players (Schneider, Demitra). Hodgson has been cleared for contact and with the team having three games in three nights, heac coach Alain Vigneault says he’ll play in at least one of those games as soon as he says he’s ready.
It’s the day after Terrace’s turn in the spotlight. Kudos to them for hosting their first NHL game and doing a damn fine job. Here are today’s links: Terrace wowed the hockey world. Sean Zandberg (Nucks Misconduct) shares his post-game thoughts from the Canucks’ side. Dominik (Lighthouse Hockey) covers the Islanders side of things. “This was Terrace’s Stanley Cup.” Can the Sedins get to the elite 90-point per season mark? Brad Lukowich is back home. And hopes to stay. Christian Ehrhoff is the new Ed Jovanovski. Willie Mitchell: Local hero. BC boys Mitchell and Tambellini visit their smallest fans. Kesler...
The puck finally drops for some preseason action tonight as our beloved Vancouver Canucks take on the New York Islanders in Terrace, BC. Here are today’s Canucks chatter around the web: It’s Hockey Night in Terrace. Willie wants to go fishing in Terrace; Wellwood doesn’t even know where it is. Terrace is excited at being named Hockeyville. And so they should be. (I just wish CBC was just as excited.) Turns out there’s a great view from Terrace. Again, you can check out Joe Pelletier (Greatest Hockey Legends) for the festivities straight from Terrace. Lots of linkage from the Islanders’...
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com I’ll be going to training camp today so keep an eye out on my Twitter feed. In the meantime, here are some Canucks-related links on the Interweb: Joe Pelletier welcomes everyone to Terrace, Hockeyville. Move over Ryan Walter, the new Canucks have Stanley Cup rings too. Vigneault is looking for this season’s Kesler and Burrows. Tony Gallagher doesn’t want four more years of Vigneault. Mark Parrish got giddy when he got the call from the Canucks. Raymond and Wellwood need to watch their back. Taylor Pyatt is starting over in Phoenix.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com If you can believe it, Canucks training camp opens today. The players will report to UBC for their medicals and then make themselves to available to the media. CDC has the full training camp information and schedule. Training camp was soooo different back then. Darcy Hordichuk reminisces about his younger camp days. Gordon Campbell will be in attendance at Monday’s preseason game in Terrace. Terrace native Joe Pelletier (Greatest Hockey Legends) has the Hockeyville festivities covered.
From Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun): Kevin Connauton was back on the ice at Clare Drake Arena giving lessons here Wednesday. Except this time he was schooling the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The Vancouver Canuck prospect who grew up in nearby Spruce Grove and spent last summer working as an instructor at the Golden Bears’ hockey school, scored twice in 38 seconds to launch his team of National Hockey League prospects to its 4-3 win against the University of Alberta. More here.
From Cleve Dheensaw (Victoria Times Colonist): With prodigy Cody Hodgson and the intriguing Russian Sergei Shirokov grabbing the headier storylines for the forwards in the Vancouver Canucks rookie camp, Dan Gendur of Victoria continues his quieter quest to move up the hockey ladder. Fellow Victorian Taylor Ellington, meanwhile, has seen the recent flurry of blue-line veterans acquired by the Canucks and must know his fate is to also begin his pro career in the minors. Having a season in the minors under his belt, with nine goals and 38 points in 52 games with the hometown Victoria Salmon Kings of...