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Talks about Antropov, Connolly

Talks about Antropov, Connolly

There were a couple of trade rumors involving the Canucks going around this weekend. One involved Nik Antropov of the Toronto Maple Leafs; the other involved Tim Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres. Both names are intriguing but both rumors also came from everyone’s favorite (hah!) rumor-monger so you can judge them for credibility for yourself. The first rumor had the Canucks giving up a prospect and a 1st round draft pick for Antropov. Now that may be what Burkie is asking for, but I can guarantee you that Mike Gillis hung up the phone right after that. As we all...

MSM links for February 23, 2009

MSM links for February 23, 2009

Gloom meets Canucks in Montreal (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Attention gets deflected (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks reach rock and roll status on road trip (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Revenge is a dish best served in blue-and-white (Michael Traikos, National Post) Sundin returns to haunt Leafs (Tim Wharsby, Globe and Mail) Sundin gets some loving, then boos (Bill Lankoff, Slam Sports) Sedins, tempting twins (Lance Hornby, Slam Sports) Too many Clark Kents, no Superman (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press) Sports teams plan for deepening recession (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun)

Clutch Canucks

Clutch Canucks

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...

The difference between very good and great

The difference between very good and great

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...

MSM links for February 20, 2009

MSM links for February 20, 2009

Canucks take lead and keep it to beat Senators 5-2 (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Scoring was never really his thing (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Sundin circus to Sedin circus (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Yes, they can: Canucks beat Senators 5-2 (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Rebuilding the blueline (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Sundin’s road show arrives in Ontario (Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail) The Sundin train to TO stops in Ottawa (Wayne Scanlan, Ottawa Citizen) Double trouble for Sens (Ken Warren, Ottawa Citizen) Sundin deserves nothing less than cheers in TO (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver)...

Almost back from the IR

Almost back from the IR

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.

MSM links for February 19, 2009

MSM links for February 19, 2009

The centre of attention (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Kesler carving out new career path (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Auld still has Sens-e that he will improve as goalie (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks’ Burrows barges ahead (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Sedin contracts remain a stumbling block (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Swedish compatriots eagerly await Sundin’s return to Toronto (Tim Wharnsby, Globe and Mail) Confident Sens get their groove back (Sean Gordon, Globe and Mail) Sens offer Shannon great opportunity (Rob Brodie, The Daily Observer)

A Valentine’s Day message

A Valentine’s Day message

Here’s a little something from those crazy kids from Nuck’s Misconduct:

MSM links for February 13, 2009

MSM links for February 13, 2009

Canucks come from behind to win against Coyotes (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Comeback kids not a desert mirage (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Burrows finds way to make his mark (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Struggling teams await Canucks (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Turco back on form (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Turco’s focus on Stars could lead to Team Canada (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Coyotes fall apart late in loss (Jim Gintonio, Arizona Republic)

That ever-elusive secondary scoring

That ever-elusive secondary scoring

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...

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