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MSM links for January 9, 2009

MSM links for January 9, 2009

Luongo feels ‘great’, takes shots at practice (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo a big step closer to returning (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Bullish on Sundin (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Talent to burn, room to learn (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Johnson just can’t wait to get a handle on nagging finger injury (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Blues found a gem in Sweden’s Patrik Berglund (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) More help on the way for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Like this:Like Loading…

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The latest on Luongo

The latest on Luongo

After the game last night, there was plenty of speculation about Roberto Luongo’s return from his groin injury. If you believe Tommy Larscheid (TEAM 1040), Lui will return to the lineup much, much sooner than expected. I know it sounds crazy, but I hope Roberto doesn’t rush back to the lineup. His value to the Canucks is tremendous, but it’s exactly the reason the Canucks need to make sure he is completely healthy and playing for the stretch run and the postseason. They need to make sure he doesn’t suffer any more setbacks or re-aggravates the injury. Besides, Jason LaBarbera...

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Ripple effect

Ripple effect

After a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers last night in which he had 3 points, Alex Burrows does the best job of summing up the effect of Mats Sundin’s addition to the Vancouver Canucks lineup (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun): “We didn’t see their top four defencemen all night,” Burrows explained of the Oiler matchups. “We saw a lot of their third pairing, so obviously that’s going to open up ice for us. I think everybody will be benefit from him.” Kyle Wellwood also added: “I was talking to Henrik and Daniel before the game, telling them the other team’s...

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MSM links for January 7, 2009

MSM links for January 7, 2009

‘I am ready': Sundin (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It all adds up for ‘Math’ Sundin (Vancouver Sun) Mats Sundin ready to lace ’em up (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Welcome Mats? (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Wellwood: Who’s on first? (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Hansen demotion hard to figure (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Strudwick a first-star goal scorer (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Moose confidence not shaken (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Like this:Like Loading…

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Sometimes I have to pinch myself

Sometimes I have to pinch myself

Photo credit: TSN … because I still can’t believe Cody Hodgson is a Canuck. Team Canada won gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships for the fifth year in a row (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Don Campbell, Ottawa Citizen; Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail; Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail) and Cody Hodgson was a big part of it. While John Tavares, PK Subban and Jordan Eberle were named by Team Canada officials as their top 3 players and Tavares was named the tournament MVP, Cody Hodgson quietly led the entire tournament with 16 points (IIHF scoring leaders in .pdf format)....

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MSM links for January 6, 2009

MSM links for January 6, 2009

Half way, half good for Canucks (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Sundin to travel to Edmonton with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sundin goes with team to Edmonton (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sometimes, saviours end up on cross (Jason Brough and Mike Halford, Vancouver Province) Backups both excel at diplomacy (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Moose-bound Schneider glad for the big-league experience (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Too many men dilemma: Seeing Dany but thinking it’s Hank (Vancouver Province) Like this:Like Loading…

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Schneider, Hansen sent down

Schneider, Hansen sent down

Cory Schneider and Jannik Hansen are both headed back to the Manitoba Moose. The Schneider move wasn’t a surprise given last week’s acquisition of Jason LaBarbera and the return of Curtis Sanford. Schneider showed glimpses of how good he can be, but truth be told, he’s not quite ready for regular NHL duty just yet. He’s best served playing every night for the Moose than playing once a week with the Canucks. The Hansen move was a bit more surprising. With Sundin about to join the lineup, we knew the Canucks had to move a body. I’m just surprised it...

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MSM links for January 5, 2009

MSM links for January 5, 2009

Fan depreciation (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks fail to show appreciation in 3-2 shootout loss (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Two-goal lead melts under Stars (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) LaBarbera gets point for Vancouver (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Dallas Stars stand up to test with 3-2 shootout win (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News) Sundin’s Canuck debut depends on practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Sundin says he’s raring to go — but he wants to be careful (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Johnson’s foot OK, but finger slow to heal (Vancouver Province) Brutal scheduling shows it effects (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Here we...

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Playoff push: Halfway there

Playoff push: Halfway there

With the first half of the season officially over, it’s time to take a mathematical look at how the Canucks need to perform for the rest of the season. There was of course a lot of worry when Roberto Luongo injured his groin back in November. There was worry as to how the team would respond and if they would be able to keep pace in a competitive Western Conference. The team’s response? Points-wise anyway, the Canucks have done relatively-well since November 20 (Luongo’s last full game was on November 19 against the Rangers). [Table=1] The race is undoubtedly close,...

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Sunday morning couch surfing

Sunday morning couch surfing

Thanks to yesterday’s dump of snow and being homebound, I watched an unbelievable amount of sports. Some of the best moments have already made their way on YouTube: Jordan Eberle scores the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in the 3rd period. Sidney Crosby proving he can drop the gloves as well. Alex Semin proving he can’t (or just shouldn’t). Like this:Like Loading…

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